March 8, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 9 roundup
Veracruz 1, Leon 1
Edgar Andrade scored in the 39th minute, and Veracruz held on for a 1-0 win over Leon Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
The unbeaten Tiburones Rojos (5-4-0, 19 pts) finished the match with ten men after Carlos Reinoso was sent off on the cusp of halftime, but were far from shorthanded by the final whistle. Leon (3-2-4, 11 pts) finished with only eight men on the field. Juan Gonzalez was the first to go, receiving his second yellow card in the 77th minute. As the match wound down, Carlos Alberto Pena (85) and Jose Vasquez (89) both received straight red cards.
The Esmeraldas had an early goal called back, when Mauro Boselli was ruled offside in the 33rd minute. Six minutes later, Daniel Villalva cut the ball back from the left baseline for Andrade, who scored the game-winner.
Queretaro 1, Chivas 0
Queretaro snatched a 1-0 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Mario Osuna stunned Herd netminder Luis Michel from 21 yards in the 90th minute to deliver the decision to the Gallos Blancos.
Despite the positive result, Queretaro are 16th on the table at 2-2-5 and eight points. Chivas fall to 4-2-3 (14).
Cruz Azul 1, Atlas 1
Atlas rallied to a 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Juan Medina scored the equalizer from the top of the penalty area in the 75th minute, countering a 28th-minute strike banked off the post by La Maquina's Alejandro Vela. Seconds after Medina's goal, Cruz Azul's Gerardo Torrado was sent off with a straight red card for dissent.
The result leaves La Maquina in fifth place at 4-3-2 (15 pts). Atlas (4-2-3, 14) are seventh.
Monterrey 3, Toluca 2
Monterrey got three quick goals before the intermission and held on for a 3-2 win over Toluca Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
The Diablos Rojos (3-3-3, 12 pts) got on the board first, when Cruz Azul's Hiram Mier handled the ball in the box and Edgar Benitez converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute, but things went downhill fast after that. Forward Victor Montano was sent off two minutes later, to be followed by defender Oscar Rojas in the 48th minute. Before Rojas was expelled, the Rayados (3-1-5, 10) had surged to a 3-1 lead on goals by Edwin Cardona in the 27th and 44th minutes, sandwiching an own goal by Toluca's Paulo Da Silva. Cardona opened the scoring by nutmegging goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera with a low shot, then took the shot that rebounded off Da Silva and into the net for the own goal in the 37th.
Da Silva atoned for his error seconds after the intermission, coming up with a shorthanded goal off a corner kick to keep things close.
Santos Laguna 1, Tijuana 1
Gabriel Hauche scored in the second minute of stoppage time to lift Tijuana into a 1-1 tie with Santos Laguna Saturday at rain-drenched Estadio TSM Corona.
The Guerreros (3-2-4, 11 pts) took a 1-0 lead when Diego Gonzalez scored off a header in the 24th minute. After Hauche leveled the score, Xolos goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo came up with a pair of stunning saves to preserve the draw.
Tijuana remain on top of the standings at 6-2-1 and 20 points.
Pachuca 0, America 0
Pachuca (3-2-4, 11 pts) played Club America (4-3-2, 15) to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Tuzos goalkeeper Oscar Perez came up with three saves, starting with a soaring third-minute stop on Darwin Quintero, to preserve the result against the misfiring Aguilas, who put only those three of their 15 shots on target.
Chiapas 2, Puebla 2
Chiapas and Puebla combined for three goals in the last two minutes on their way to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Both teams surrendered and capitalized on penalty kicks, starting with Luis Rey's goal from the spot in the 60th minute for Puebla (4-3-2, 15 pts). After defender Efrain Cortes fouled Franco Arizala in the box, Andres Andrade equalized for Jaguares (3-3-3, 12) with another penalty in the 87th minute, only to see La Franja surge back into the lead with an 88th-minute header by defender Facundo Erpen. Vicente Matias Vuoso capped the wild finish with a counterattacking 2-2 equalizer for Chiapas in the 89th.
Pumas 2, Morelia 1
Ismael Sosa's 65th-minute goal was the difference-maker as Pumas edged Morelia 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
UNAM (2-2-5, 8 pts) took a short-lived 1-0 lead on a goal by Eduardo Herrera in the 31st minute. Ismael Sosa crossed the ball in from the right side, Herrera maneuvered around his defender and put the ball into the net. Carlos Guzman equalized for last-place Monarcas (1-3-5, 6) seven minutes later with a header from just off the post.
Sosa clinched the win with a sharp downward header that nutmegged goalkeeper Carlos Rodriguez.
Leones Negros 2, Tigres 1
Leones Negros slipped past Tigres 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Jalisco.
Tigres staked the hosts to a 1-0 lead with an own goal by Guido Pizarro, who deflected a cross from Fidel Martinez into the net in the 21st minute. Rafael Sobis leveled the score in the 71st, catching goalkeeper Humberto Hernandez off balance with a header, but Martinez delivered U de G's second win in a row three minutes later, also with his head.
Leones Negros move into 14th place at 3-1-5 (10 pts), while Tigres (4-0-5, 12) fall to ninth place.