February 7, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 5 roundup
Queretaro 2, Veracruz 1
Queretaro edged Veracruz 2-1 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
The Gallos Blancos (2-0-3, 6 pts) staked Veracruz to an early 1-0 lead, but tied the score on Emanuel Villa's 13th-minute penalty kick, after he was fouled in the penalty area, and snatched the win with an 83rd-minute strike by Ricardo Esqueda off a corner kick.
Julio Furch put the winless Tiburones Rojos (0-3-2, 3) on the board in the fourth minute, scoring off the rebound after Edgar Andrade sent a long shot crashing off the post.
Tigres 3, Chiapas 1
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the game-winner as Tigres (3-1-1, 10 pts) defeated Jaguares 3-1 Friday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
After falling into an early 1-0 hole, Tigres roared back with unanswered goals by Jesus Duenas in the 39th minute, Gignac in the 57th and Lucas Zelarrayan in the 84th. Their comeback was assisted by a pair of Jaguares red cards, to Francisco Silva in the 65th minute and Luis Venegas two minutes later. Duenas scored off a pass from Guido Pizarro, Gignac was assisted by Javier Aquino and Zelarrayan teamed with fellow substitute Damian Alvarez for the capper.
Silvio Romero connected for Chiapas (1-1-3, 4 pts) in the tenth minute, meeting a pass from Aviles Hurtado near the penalty spot.
Tijuana 1, Cruz Azul 1
Tijuana and Cruz Azul both scored early, then settled for a 1-1 tie Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Julio Dominguez put Cruz Azul on the board in the 28th minute, with a well-placed header off a corner kick, but La Maquina conceded a penalty kick just three minutes later, allowing Dayro Moreno to knot the score.
Cruz Azul (1-3-1, 6) held on for the draw despite losing defender Juan Garcia Sancho in the 76th minute, when he picked up his second yellow card of the match.
The result leaves Xolos in 11th place at 1-3-1 (6).
America 2, Santos Laguna 0
Club America blanked Santos Laguna 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Oribe Peralta put away the game-winner with a header seconds before halftime. Paul Aguilar set the table with a sharp service from the right side. Andres Andrade added an insurance goal in the second minute of stoppage time.
Andres Renteria had the best chance to put Santos on the board, but was foiled in the 56th minute by diving 'keeper Moises Munoz.
America are fourth on the table at 3-1-1 and ten points. Sixth-place Santos fall to 3-0-2 (9).
Monterrey 3, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Monterrey routed Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0 Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer, taking over first place in the Clausura standings at 4-0-1 and 12 points.
Edwin Cardona opened the scoring with a blast into the upper left corner from well outside the penalty area in the 15th minute. Rogelio Funes Mori doubled the Rayados lead in the 40th minute, off the rebound after Cardona put a shot off the crossbar, and Aldo Di Nigris closed things out with a header in the 90th minute.
Last-place Dorados (0-0-5, 0 pts) had their chances but were unlucky. Both Jairo Gonzalez and Daniel Arreola hit the woodwork.
Puebla 4, Atlas 1
Alvaro Navarro scored twice, including the game-winner in the 23rd minute, as Puebla defeated Atlas 4-1 Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
La Franja (2-2-1, 8 pts) blew the game open early, getting all of their goals within the first 37 minutes. Christian Valdez opened the scoring in the 19th minute, off an assist from Damian Escudero. Eleven minutes after Navarro headed home the clincher, Zorros defender Walter Kannemann mis-hit a clearing pass into his own net to make the score 3-0, and Navarro latched on to a low cross from Mauro Cejas to complete his brace in the 37th.
Juan Carlos Medina put struggling Atlas (1-1-3, 4) on the board from outside the arc in the 59th minute.
Morelia 2, Leon 1
Morelia (2-2-1, 8 pts) scored two goals in three minutes to rally past Leon 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
After defender Facundo Erpen redirected Juan Cuevas' cross into his own net to stake the Esmeraldas (3-0-2, 9) to a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute, Jorge Zarate leveled the score in the 74th minute. Alejandro Gagliardi got a lucky shin on Zarate's pass from the end line to complete Morelia's comeback in the 77th.
Chivas 1, Toluca 1
Shorthanded Toluca gave away two points on their way to a 1-1 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara Saturday at Estadio Omnilife.
Paulo Da Silva put the Diablos Rojos (1-3-1, 6 pts) up 1-0 with a header in the 45th minute, only to see teammate Aaron Galindo let winless Chivas (0-4-1, 4) back into the match with an own goal in the 50th.
Both goals were scored after Toluca midfielder Richard Ortiz was sent off with a straight red card after a violent foul on Orbelin Pineda in the 43rd minute. Goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera helped out with clutch first-half saves on Carlos Cisneros and Angel Zaldivar.
Pumas 1, Pachuca 1
Omar Gonzalez's 88th minute header lifted Pachuca into a 1-1 draw with Pumas Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
The Tuzos (3-2-0) remain the only unbeaten team in the Clausura field, and are in second place with 11 points.
UNAM (1-2-2, 5) took a 1-0 lead when Matias Britos scored in the 45th minute, off the rebound after Javier Cortes hit the bar with a free kick.