September 14, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 8 roundup
Queretaro 1, Puebla 1
Both teams came up with late goals as Queretaro and Puebla played to a 1-1 draw Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Camilo Sanvezzo put the Gallos Blancos on the board in the 88th minute, but veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco snatched a point for La Franja (2-3-3, 9 pts) with a penalty kick in the sixth minute of stoppage time, on the last play of the game.
The match also marked the LigaMX debut of Brazilian Ronaldinho, a halftime substitute for the Gallos Blancos (3-2-3, 11 pts).
Veracruz 1, Atlas 1
Luis Neri Caballero scored seconds after the intermission to lift fourth-place Atlas (4-3-1, 15 pts) into a 1-1 tie with Veracruz Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Caballero’s goal countered a 20th minute strike by the Tiburones’ Carlos Ochoa, who pushed the ball home from short range after a misplay by defender Jesus Chavez.
Veracruz is in 15th place at 1-5-2 (8).
Santos Laguna 2, Leon 0
Santos Laguna scored early and late on their way to a 2-0 win over Leon Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Santos (4-3-1, 15 pts) put their stamp on the match from the opening minutes, with Javier Orozco hitting the post before five minutes had passed. Mauro Cejas opened things up with a header in the ninth minute, and Jesus Escoboza punctuated the win with a goal in the second minute of stoppage time.
The Esmeraldas (2-0-6, 6) played most of the match shorthanded, after Fernando Navarro received his second yellow card and was sent off in the 27th minute, and was followed by Jose Maria Cardenas, who was also cautioned twice, in the 75th. Coach Gustavo Matosas also was dismissed for protesting Cardenas’ ejection.
Toluca 2, Cruz Azul 1
Miguel Ponce scored just before halftime and Paulo Da Silva headed in a capper at the hour mark as Toluca defeated Cruz Azul 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azul. Da Silva’s gol was fitting atonement for an early error that forced Diablos netminder Alfredo Talavera into a clutch save on Mauro Formica just 14 seconds into the match.
Cruz Azul had other golden chances, including Marco Fabian’s shot off the post shortly late in the first half, but it took until the 72nd minute for substitute Pablo Barrera to send a shot into the upper right corner.
La Maquina finished the match shorthanded and will play next week without goalkeeper Jose Corona after he was red-carded deep into stoppage time.
The win leaves Toluca in fifth place at 4-2-2 and 14 points. Cruz Azul fall to 2-3-3 (9).
Monterrey 0, Chivas 0
Monterrey’s home match against Chivas de Guadalajara Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico was suspended after 11 minutes due to poor weather and unsafe playing conditions on the largely flooded field. The game will be rescheduled for the next FIFA match window, October 10-14.
Leones Negros 0, America 0
Upstarts Leones Negros (1-3-4, 6 pts) played league leaders Club America to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The Aguilas threatened early, with Michael Arroyo forcing a defender to sweep a shot out of the goalmouth in the seventh minute. Marcelo Alatorre responded for U de G in the 18th, cracking a shot off the bar. The pace slowed as the match progressed, with neither team finding the back of the net.
America (5-2-1, 17) keep a slim one-point hold on the top of the table over Monterrey.
Pachuca 1, Tijuana 1
Pachuca and Tijuana traded early goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Hirving Lozano gave the Tuzos a short-lived 1-0 lead with a shot off his knee in the 12th minute. Alfredo Moreno responded for Xolos, deflecting a shot past off-balance netminder Oscar Perez in the 19th.
Pachuca had two golden chances to snatch the win in the second half, but could not convert. Diego de Buen hit the crossbar in the 54th minute, and Cario Carreno cracked the woodwork with a penalty kick in stoppage time.
The Tuzos are sixth in the standings at 4-1-3 and 13 points, while Tijuana are 14th at 1-5-2 (8).
Jaguares 1, Morelia 1
Jaguares took a 1-0 lead in the second minute, but settled for a 1-1 draw with Morelia Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Franco Arizala, who sent goalkeeper Felipe Rodriguez flying to stop a shot on the opening sequence of the match, opened the scoring for the hosts in the second minute, off an assist from Javier Munoz. Armando Zamorano almost knotted the score with a sharp left-footer off the crossbar in the 23rd, but it took until the 47th minute for Monarcas to draw level off a Zamorano free kick finished by David Depetris.
The draw leaves Chiapas in seventh place at 3-3-2 and 12 points, while Morelia are at the bottom of the table at 0-3-5 (3).
Pumas 2, Tigres 2
Tigres rallied to a 2-2 draw with Pumas Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
UNAM (2-2-4, 8 ps) roared to a 2-0 first-half lead with a Dante Lopez header in the 35th minute and Victor Sosa’s opportunistic shot eight minutes later. Jesus Duenas started Tigres’ comeback in the 72nd minute, and Juninho tied the score from the penalty spot after a handball by Luis Fuentes with two minutes left to play.
Ninth-place Tigres improve to 2-4-2 (10).