February 21, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 7 roundup
Queretaro 2, Tigres 2
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored his league-leading seventh goal of the season as Tigres (3-2-2, 11 pts) tied Queretaro 2-2 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Gignac opened the scoring in the 12th minute, collecting a loose ball and easily beating netminder Tiago Volpi. The visitors held the 1-0 lead until the closing seconds of the half, when Juan Forlin put the Gallos Blancos (2-1-4, 7) on the board with a quick finish after Edgar Benitez flicked a free kick into the goalmouth.
Marco Jimenez gave Queretaro their only lead of the match on the other side of the intermission, scoring his second career goal from outside the penalty area, but Javier Aquino equalized for Tigres with a 25-yard blast in the 50th.
Queretaro's Yerson Candelo made it easier for Tigres to hang on for the point, receiving his second yellow card and being sent off in the 80th minute.
Tijuana 1, Morelia 1
Tijuana (2-4-1, 10 pts) and Morelia (2-3-1, 9) exchanged late goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Dayro Moreno put Xolos on the board in the 82nd minute, but Cristian Pellerano leveled the score seven minutes later.
Both teams had early chances, but the best went to Xolos. Morelia defender Carlos Adrian Morales saved Juninho's shot off the line in the 13th minute. Seconds before the intermission, Moreno sent 'keeper Carlos Rodriguez soaring to fingertip a hard shot away from the goal. The pattern continued after the intermission, when Morelia midfielder Erick Aguirre swept another Tijuana shot off the line.
America 3, Cruz Azul 3
Cruz Azul rallied to a 3-3 draw with Club America Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
After taking a 1-0 lead on a third-minute goal by Jorge Benitez, La Maquina (2-4-1, 10 pts) surrendered three unanswered strikes to the Aguilas (3-3-1, 12). Osvaldo Martinez leveled the score from the penalty spot in the 34th minute, after a handball by Omar Mendoza. Pablo Aguilar put America up 2-1 three minutes later, and Oribe Peralta made the score 3-1 from point-blank range in the 53rd minute.
Seconds after coming off the bench for Victor Vazquez, Christian Gimenez started the Cruz Azul rally with a hard right-footer in the 65th minute. Four minutes later, Peralta was sent off with a straight red card. He was followed off the field by Darwin Quintero in the 83rd, and Joao Rojas capitalized on La Maquina's numerical advantage to tie the score 3-3 in the 90th minute.
Monterrey 5, Veracruz 1
First place Monterrey (6-0-1, 18 pts) roared past Veracruz 5-1 Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Tiburones Rojos defender Rodrigo Noya put the Rayados on the board with an own goal in the 12th minute. Daniel Villalva took advantage of an error by netminder Jonathan Orozco to equalize for Veracruz (0-4-3, 4 pts) five minutes later, but the rest of the game was all Monterrey. Rogelio Funes Mori won the game with a penalty kick in the 26th minute, after being fouled in the box by Noya, and things quickly turned into a rout. Edgar Castillo made the score 3-1 in the 30th minute, and Edwin Cardona added another Monterrey goal in the last minute of the first half.
Carlos Sanchez capped things off with Monterrey's fifth goal, in the 53rd minute.
Leon 5, Toluca 1
Mauro Boselli led the way with a brace as Leon romped over Toluca 5-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
The match was tied 1-1 at halftime, with German Cano putting Leon on the board with a header in the 32nd minute and Richard Ortiz countering for Toluca from outside the arc four minutes later.
The Esmeraldas (5-0-2, 15 pts) blew the game open with four second-half goals, starting with the game-winning penalty kick by Maxi Moralez after Fernando Navarro was fouled by Paulo Da Silva. Seven minutes later, Da Silva fouled Navarro in the box once again, with Boselli converting the penalty. Elias Hernandez made the score 4-1 in the 74th minute. Boselli closed out the scoring with a header in the 88th, six minutes after Toluca's Gerardo Flores collected his second yellow card and was sent off.
The Diablos Rojos fall to 1-4-2 and seven points.
Atlas 1, Pachuca 0
Juan Carlos Medina scored the only goal Atlas needed to edge Pachuca 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco for their first home win of the season.
Medina finished off a leading pass from Gonzalo Bergessio.
The Zorros improve to 2-2-3 (8 pts), while the third-place Tuzos fall to 4-2-1 (14).
Chiapas 1, Chivas 1
Luis Rodriguez scored to lift Jaguares into a 1-1 tie with Chivas de Guadalajara Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Rodriguez's goal, off a give-and-go with Aviles Hurtado in the 75th minute, countered a 25th-minute strike by Carlos Cisneros in the 25th. Cisneros surprised netminder Oscar Jimenez with a sharply angled shot from near the left end line.
The draw leaves Chivas (0-5-2, 5 pts) in 15th place, one spot ahead of Jaguares (1-2-3, 5).
Pumas 1, Santos Laguna 1
Pumas and Santos Laguna played to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Daniel Luduena gave Pumas (2-3-2, 9 pts) the early advantage, controlling a pass from Dante Lopez, faking his way past two defenders and scoring in the 16th minute. Nestor Calderon leveled the score from the penalty spot in the 41st.
The result leaves Santos ninth on the table at 3-1-3 (10).
Puebla 3, Dorados de Sinaloa 2
Matias Alustiza scored twice in four minutes to help Puebla (3-2-2, 11 pts) defeat Dorados de Sinaloa 3-2 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Winless Dorados (0-0-7, 0) led for much of the match after Martin Zuniga scored off a rebound in the 28th minute. Alustiza tilted the scales toward La Franja with unanswered goals in the 65th and 69th minutes, equalizing with a header, then giving Puebla a 2-1 lead off a cross from Christian Valdez. Milton Caraglio's header knotted the score for Dorados in the 81st minute, but Damian Escudero delivered the win to Puebla two minutes later, with a shot from the top of the penalty area that glanced off the post on its way into the net.