July 20, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 1 roundup
Pumas 3, Queretaro 1
Pumas opened the Liga MX Apertura with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Queretaro Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Victor Sosa scored the first goal of the tournament seconds after the opening kickoff,one-timing Danie Luduena’s cross into the net from close range. In the 40th minute, defender Ricardo Osorio accidentally deflected another Sosa shot into his own goal to make the score 2-0. Luduena closed out the UNAM scoring in the 57th minute, with a booming free kick to the upper left corner.
Angel Baltazar saved the Gallos Blancos from the shutout in the second minute of stoppage time, latching onto the loose ball after a series of blocked shots.
Puebla 1, Tijuana 0
Luis Lorona scored off a give-and-go with Wilberto Cosme in the eighth minute, and Puebla held on to edge Tijuana 1-0 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Puebla goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota thwarted every Xolos attempt to level the score. Early on, he gathered in Dario Benedetto’s shot after a turnover in the Camoteros’ backfield. In the 34th, he dove to stop a long shot by Javier Guemez, and Tijuana looked less dangerous after the intermission.
Pachuca 1, Cruz Azul 0
Matis Alustiza gave Pachuca their first three points of the Apertura, scoring in the 12th minute of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Cruz Azul at Estadio Azul.
Daniel Arreola did the heavy lifting on Alustiza’s goal, streaking down the left side and leaving his defender in the dust before serving the ball into the goal area for a point-blank finish.
The Tuzos held on to the lead despite losing both Arreola and Jorge Hernandez to red cards. Goalkeeper Oscar Perez’s most challenging save came with the match still scoreless, a diving stop on Pablo Barrera in the opening minutes.
Santos Laguna 1, Veracruz 0
Santos Laguna opened their Apertura campaign with a 1-0 win over Veracruz Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Andres Renteria did the scoring honors, capping a quick triangular passing sequence with Darwin Quintero and Andres Orozco.
Carlos Ochoa had the Tiburones’ best chance to equalize with a 59th-minute header, but hit the post.
Monterrey 3, Leones Negros 1
Monterrey welcomed newly-promoted Leones Negros de la U de G to Liga MX with a 3-1 spanking Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Humberto Suazo put the Rayados on the board off a set piece barely two minutes into the game. Shortly after, Neri Cardozo threatened to double the lead, but hit the crossbar.
The Leones leveled the score in the 20th minute, with a picturebook shot from Andres Rios, and things seemed to be going their way when netminder Ivan Vasquez Mellado stopped Suazo’s penalty kick. But the Rayados broke through in the 63rd, when Cesar Delgado one-touched the game-winner. Dorlan Pablon capped the scoring off Suazo’s assist with eight minutes left on the clock.
America 2, Leon 1
Osvaldo Martinez scored both goals as Club America defeated Leon 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Martinez completed his brace before halftime, connecting off a turnover by Edwin Hernandez in the 18th minute, and on a free kick that was misplayed by netminder William Yarbrough in the 37th.
Boselli was the focal point of the Leon attack for most of the night, and forced America ‘keeper Moises Munoz into a diving save late in the first half. He finally put the ball in from the penalty spot, on a second effort after his first spot kick was saved but the referee rule that Pablo Aguilar was fouled in the area, earning another pk.
Mauro Boselli saved the Esmeraldas from being shut out with an 84th-minute goal.
Atlas 0, Tigres 0
Atlas and Tigres opened their Apertura campaigns with a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Tigres held on for the result despite playing a man down for the final 20 minutes after forward Marco Ruben was sent off.
Toluca 0, Morelia 0
Toluca and Morelia sparred to a season-opening goalless draw Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Both goalkeepers held fast against spirited attacks. Toluca’s Alfredo Talavera turned away an early chance by Monarcas striker Oscar Fernandez, and on the other end Carlos Felipe Rodriguez stopped shots by Lucas Lobos and Pablo Velasquez before the intermission.
Morelia went into a defensive shell after defender Luis Silva was sent off early in the second half, opening up chances for Toluca’s Gabriel Velasco, Carlos Esquivel and Jerome Amione, but neither could find the back of the net. Amione came closest, but had his late shot cleared off the line by a defender.
Chivas 1, Jaguares 1
Julio Nava scored in the 66th minute to lift Jaguares into a 1-1 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Nava’s goal, which might have been the game-winner had Matias Vuoso’s showy 28th-minute bicycle kick tally not been called back for offside, countered a 34th-minute strike by Fernando Arce, who buried a free kick.
Franco Arizala also had a chance to seal the win for Jaguares, but hit the bar with an early shot.