March 6, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 9 roundup
Tijuana 0, Leon 0
Tijuana (2-6-1, 12 pts) and Leon (5-1-3, 16) played to a listless 0-0 draw Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Neither team seriously threatened to score. Dario Burbano had the Esmeraldas' best chance, missing just wide with a header in the 47th minute. Dayro Moreno got off an opportunistic shot for Xolos after picking off a loose ball in the 80th minute, but sent his shot straight to Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough.
America 4, Morelia 1
Darwin Quintero scored two goals, including the 45th-minute game-winner, and assisted on a third as Club America (4-3-2, 15 pts) defeated Morelia 4-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
The match also served as the Liga MX sendoff for legendary Aguilas forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who played the first 36 minutes, and came heartbreakingly close to scoring with a chip off the crossbar eight minutes in.
After Quintero came off the bench for Blanco, the fourth-place Aguilas put the game away quickly, starting with Oribe Peralta's 43rd-minute strike. Quintero passed to set the table for the icebreaker, then beat goalkeeper Felipe Rodriguez one-on-one for the clincher. He completed his brace with a tap-in in the 50th. Enrique Perez kept Monarcas' hopes alive with a header in the 53rd minute, but Michael Arroyo restored America's three-goal advantage with a 71st-minute penalty kick.
Morelia (2-4-2, 10) finished the match shorthanded after Jefferson Cuero was sent off in the 85th minute.
Chivas 2, Queretaro 0
Chivas de Guadalajara (1-6-2, 9 pts) blanked Queretaro 2-0 for their first Clausura win Saturday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Jair Perreira opened the scoring in the closing seconds of the first half, with a header redirecting a free kick from Raul Lopez. Carlos Pena closed things out in the 80th.
Yerson Candelo had the Gallos Blancos' best look at goal, forcing netminder Rodolfo Cota to make a spectacular save in the 63rd minute. Queretaro fall to 2-2-5 (8).
Monterrey 1, Tigres 0
Efrain Juarez scored the only goal Monterrey needed to edge Tigres 1-0 in Saturday's Clasico del Norte at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Juarez delivered the win to the table-topping Rayados (7-0-2, 21 pts) with a header in the 49th minute.
The match finished ten-on-ten after a pair of defenders received two yellow cards and were sent off. Monterrey's Walter Ayovi was the first to depart, in the 72nd minute, followed by Tigres' Guido Pizarro in the 90th.
Tigres fall to 4-2-3 (14) and are in fifth place.
Pachuca 2, Dorados de Sinaloa 2
Last-place Dorados de Sinaloa (1-1-7, 4 pts) rallied to a 2-2 draw with #2 Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Pachuca (5-3-1, 18) ran up a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Stefan Medina in the fifth minute and Hirving Lozano ten minutes later. Medina opened the scoring with a spectacular solo effort, nutmegging his defender and beating goalkeeper Luis Michel to the upper corner. Lozano doubled the lead with a one-touch blast.
Martin Zuniga cut the Tuzos' lead in half with a 25th-minute strike from distance, and Jonathan Lacerda knotted the score 2-2 with a header in the 64th.
Santos Laguna 2, Atlas 1
Nestor Calderon's 79th-minute penalty kick lifted Santos Laguna (4-2-3, 14 pts) over shorthanded Atlas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Rafa Marquez staked Atlas (2-2-5, 8) to a 1-0 lead with a 31st minute header, but Martin Bravo right-footed the Guerreros level in the 43rd. The Zorros went down a man when Gonzalo Bergessio received his second yellow card and was sent off in the 56th minute.
Marquez sent Calderon to the spot with a foul inside the penalty area in the 78th minute.
Chiapas 3, Toluca 2
Jaguares took an early two-goal lead, but needed a 90th-minute winner from Aviles Hurtado to pull out a 3-2 win over Toluca Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Chiapas (3-2-3, 11 pts) roared out of the gate with goals from Emiliano Armenteros, who ran onto a long through ball in the tenth minute, and Silvio Romero, who converted off a set-up pass from Hurtado in the 24th. Francisco Silva gave one back in the form of an own goal in the 29th minute, and Nicolas Saucedo tied the score from just outside the penalty area in the 52nd.
Hurtado helped Chiapas pull out the win despite a man disadvantage after Felix Araujo's straight red card in the 79th minute.
The loss leaves 16th-place Toluca at 1-4-4 (7).
Pumas 2, Cruz Azul 2
Pumas and Cruz Azul battled to a 2-2 draw Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
UNAM's Victor Sosa got the game off to a blistering start, scoring in the first minute after Luis Quinones relayed the ball upfield. Vicente Matias Vuoso beat netminder Alejandro Palacios one-on-one to equalize ten minutes later, and Victor Vazquez sent La Maquina into the intermission up 2-1 with a 22nd-minute goal.
Eduardo Herrera salvaged the point with a penalty kick in the 49th minute, extending Pumas' unbeaten streak to six games.
Pumas are in 11th place at 2-5-2 and 11 points. The draw leaves La Maquina in sixth place at 3-5-1 (14).
Puebla 1, Veracruz 1
Veracruz rallied to a 1-1 draw with Puebla Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
The Camoteros (3-4-2, 13 pts) took a quick lead when Christian Bermudez scored in the fourth minute, after Carlos Gutierrez's cross was deflected toward the far post, and appeared poised to take the win until Julio Furch put winless Veracruz (0-6-3, 6) on the board in the 82nd.