September 30, 2012
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 10 roundup
Jaguares 1, Cruz Azul 0
An own goal by Luis Perea gifted Jaguares a 1-0 win over Cruz Azul Friday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Perea slipped while trying to block a shot by Luis Gabriel Rey and accidentally put the ball into his own net. Francinilson Santos had the best chance to salvage a point for Cruz Azul, but mis-hit his wide-open shot, which went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez.
Chiapas improves to 3-2-5, with 11 points, while La Maquina fall to 3-5-2 (14).
Leon 2, Monterrey 0
Leon scored twice in the space of six minutes and held on for a 2-0 win over Monterrey Friday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Luis Montes snapped the scoreless tie in the 56th minute, and Hernan Burbano added an insurance tally in the 62nd.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco kept the Rayados in the game through the scoreless first half, but could not respond in time when Montes took a pass from Matias Britos and roofed a powerful shot. Burbano followed up with a low shot to double Leon’s lead.
The result lifts the Esmereldas (5-2-3) over Monterrey (4-4-2) and into third place in the Apertura standings with 17 points.
Tijuana 1, Queretaro 0
Alfredo Moreno’s fourth goal of the season was all Tijuana needed to defeat Queretaro 1-0 Saturday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Moreno corralled a pass from Juan Carlos Nunez and beat goalkeeper Juan Castillo in the 38th minute, and the Xolos held on for the win despite losing Pablo Cesar Aguilar to a red card and playing the final 35 minutes shorthanded.
Tijuana are tied with front-runners Toluca at 7-2-1 and 23 points.
America 1, Morelia 1
Raul Jimenez scored in the 74th minute to lift Club America into a 1-1 tie with Morelia Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Jimenez’s strike, off a Rubens Sambueza free kick after Christian Bermudez was fouled outside the box, came seven minutes after Adrian Morales staked Monarcas to a 1-0 lead with a shot from distance. Morelia finished the match shorthanded, after Rodrigo Salinas was cautioned twice in seven minutes and ejected in the 89th minute.
Morelia dominated the first half, but were unable to get past netminder Federico Vilar, who came up with clutch saves on Raul Jimenez and Miguel Reyes
Seventh-place Morelia (3-5-2, 14 pts) remain one point, while the Aguilas (3-6-1) are fifth on the table.
Pachuca 1, Chivas 0
Pachuca took over 11th place on the Apertura table with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chivas at Estadio Hidalgo.
Mauro Cejas scored the game’s only goal, converting a penalty kick in the 59th minute after Nery Castillo was taken down in the box. As the clock wound down, Pachuca captain Leobardo Lopez committed a foul in the penalty area, sending Miguel Ponce to the spot for a possible equalizer, but Chivas defender Miguel Ponce cracked the shot off the crossbar.
The Tuzos (3-4-3) have 13 points from their first ten games of the tournament. Chivas fall to 2-4-4 (10).
Tigres 0, San Luis 0
San Luis played favored Tigres to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Tigres dominated the attack throughout, but could not break through a bunkered-in San Luis defense or overcome their own poor finishing. Early in the second half, Israel Jimenez and Carlos Salcido both sent shots sailing over the crossbar. Luis Garcia finally put the ball into the San Luis net in the 87th minute, but the play was called back for offside.
Tigres are eighth in the standings at 3-5-2 and 14 points. The Gladiadores (2-3-5) are in 16th place with nine points.
Toluca 3, Atlas 1
Toluca remained on top of the Apertura table after defeating Atlas 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The win gives the Diablos Rojos 16 goals scored during the tournament, two more than second-place Tijuana, who also have a 7-2-1 record and 23 points.
Antonio Naelson put Toluca on the board in the 18th minute, and Luis Tejada, whose pass set up Sinha’s strike, netted the game-winner six minutes later. Hector Mancilla made it a one-goal game for the Zorros in the 83rd minute, but Wilson Tiago restored Toluca’s two-goal advantage in the third minute of stoppage time.
The loss was Atlas’s first since Tomas Boy took over as head coach, and dropped them to 1-7-2 and 10 points.
Pumas 2, Puebla 1
Martin Bravo and Eduardo Herrera scored within eight minutes of each other to give Pumas their first win under new coach Mario Carrillo, 2-1 over Puebla Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Bravo opened the scoring off Herrera’s rebound in the 57th minute, three minutes after he had hit the post with another shot. Herrera’s 65th-minute tally made the score 2-0, but Matias Alustiza kept things interesting with a 69th-minute goal for the Potros.
The win lifts Pumas into ninth place in the Apertura standings at 4-2-4 and 14 points. Puebla are second from the bottom at 1-3-6 (6).
Santos Laguna 3, Atlante 1
Darwin Quintero’s fifth goal of the season turned out to be the game-winner as Santos Laguna routed Atlante 3-1 Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Daniel Luduena maneuvered through two defenders to put the Guerreros ion the board in the 15th. Gerardo Lugo hit the woodwork for Santos before halftime, but it wasn’t until the 59th minute that Quintero picked off the rebound after netminder Jorge Villalpando blocked a shot by Rodolfo Salinas and made the score 2-0.
Gerardo Napoles pulled the Potros with a long blast in the 82nd minute, but Oribe Peralta responded two minutes later to restore the two-goal margin.
The teams started the day tied in the standings. The win lifts Santos (4-3-3, 15 pts) into sixth place, while Atlante (3-4-3, 12) fall to 12th.