July 27, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 2 roundup
Atlas 2, Morelia 0
Atlas posted their first Apertura win on Friday, blanking 2-0 Morelia at Estadio Morelos.
Enrique Esqueda netted the game-winner in the 50th minute, on an end-to-end play started by goalkeeper Federico Vilar, and Edy Brambila stole the ball and added an insurance tally in the second minute of stoppage time.
Monarcas’ best chance to get on the board came in the 79th minute, when Carlos Morales sent a left-footed free kick clanging off the post.
Santos Laguna 1, Cruz Azul 1
Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul traded goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Mauro Formica staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Andres Renteria equalized for Santos Laguna with a header in the 69th.
America 2, Tijuana 1
Pablo Aguilar scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lift America to a 2-1 win over Tijuana Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Juan Arango put the Xolos on the board from the penalty spot in the 35th minute, after a foul on Aguilar. Raul Jimenez responded for the Aguilas, chipping the ‘keeper off Aguilar’s assist, in the 67th minute.
The America captain headed home the clincher after Rubens Sambueza served the ball to the far post.
Puebla 0, Veracruz 0
Puebla and Veracruz battled to a scoreless tie Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Puebla seized the early momentum, and appeared to take the lead in the 16th minute, but Eisner Loboa’s goal was called back. And Tiburones goalkeeper Meliton Hernandez came up with a clutch save on Michael Orozco in the closing minutes to keep the game scoreless.
Tigres 4, Leon 2
Dario Burbano led the way with two goals as Tigres manhandled Leon 4-2 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Burbano scored both his goals in a ten-minute span, beginning with a long shot in the 12th minute. Emanuel Villa netted the game-winner in the 42nd minute, after a cutback pass from Jorge Torres Nilo, and Juninho wrapped things up with a free kick in the 64th.
Chema Cardenas kept Leon in the game with a goal in the 27th minute, off Rafael Marquez’s setup pass, but the Esmeraldas were down by two when Mauro Boselli beat Tigres goalkeeper Ignacio Guzman again 30 minutes later.
Monterrey 1, Pachuca 0
Monterrey snatched a 1-0 win over Pachuca on Dorlan Pabon’s 90th-minute goal Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Pachuca dominated the first half, with Jurgen Damm, Hirving Lozano and Matias Alustiza all getting dangerous chances. Lozano hot the bar in the 27th minute, and Alustiza forced a save from netminder Jonathan Orozco just before the break. Monterrey found their rhythm after the intermission, and nearly took the lead on a late, point-blank shot by Lucas Silva that was saved by goalkeeper Oscar Perez. Pabon finally broke the deadlock with a strong solo run down the right side and sharp shot that settled in the far side netting.
Jaguares 2, Toluca 1
Jaguares edged Toluca 2-1 Saturday at the refurbished Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, despite playing the entire second half with ten men and conceding a late own goal by Gabriel Farfan.
Bruno Pires left Jaguares shorthanded after seeing a straight red card for a 45th-minute foul just outside the area. The Diablos Rojos also finished a man down after Miguel Ponce was sent off in the 73rd minute.
Vicente Matias Vuoso opened the Chiapas scoring in the 26th minute, off an assist from Andres Andrade, and Daniel Armenteros added the critical second goal off a defensive turnover in the 71st.
Chivas 1, Pumas 0
Shorthanded Chivas de Guadalajara pulled out a 1-0 win over Pumas Sunday at Estadio Universitario Olimpico.
The match was scoreless when Angel Reyna collected his second yellow card and was sent off in the 76th minute. Despite the disadvantage, Chivas got an 86th-minute goal from Fernando Arce to take their first win in a decade at UNAM’s home field.
The Herd had the best chances throughout, from Jair Pereira’s header off the cross bar in the tenth minute to Omar Bravo’s 49th-minute shot that was cleared off the line by defender Lui s Fuentes. Arce hit the bar in the 73rd minute before finally delivering the victory.
Queretaro 1, Leones Negros 0
Camillo Sanvezzo scored in the 59th minute to give Queretaro a 1-0 win over Liga MX newcomers Leones Negros Sunday at Estadio Jalisco.
The Gallos Blancos had limited looks at goal through the packed Leones defense, but Angel Sepulveda did manage to put a header off the post in the closing seconds of the first half. Sanvezzo finally converted off a defensive error, picking off a bad clearance before netting the deciding goal.