May 3, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 16 roundup
Queretaro 2, Morelia 1
Emanuel Villa scored in the 84th minute to lift visiting Queretaro over Morelia Friday at Estadio Morelos.
The match was scoreless until Ronaldinho converted a penalty kick for the tenth-place Gallos Blancos (7-2-7, 23 pts) in the 78th minute. Four minutes later, Armando Zamorano leveled the score for Monarcas (2-4-10, 10), also from the spot.
Atlas 2, Tijuana 1
Atlas came up with a pair of second-half goals to slip past Tijuana 2-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Gregory Garza gave Xolos a 1-0 lead seconds before halftime. Martin Barragan countered for the Zorros in the 54th, and Luis Caballero snatched the win in the 71st with a rocket shot from inside the arc.
Atlas (8-4-4) is one of three teams with a league-best 28 points. Xolos are seventh on the table at 7-3-6 (24).
Puebla 2, Leon 0
Matias Alustiza scored both goals as relegation-threatened Puebla (5-4-7, 19 pts) blanked Leon 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Alustiza opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute and completed his brace in the 40th, from just inside the penalty area after a breakaway.
The Esmeraldas fall to 3-4-9 (13).
America 3, Toluca 1
Toluca were their own worst enemy in a 3-1 loss to Club America Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
The win guaranteed the Aguilas (7-5-4, 26 pts) a spot in the Clausura playoffs.
The match was tied 1-1 when Osvaldo Martinez slotted the game-winning penalty kick for the Aguilas in the 75th minute, after a foul on Toluca 'keeper Alfredo Talavera. Seven minutes later, Diablos defender Richard Ortiz misdirected a shot by Paolo Goltz into his own net to put his team in a 3-1 hole.
America's Paul Aguilar opened the scoring off a corner kick in the second minute. Guisao Wilder leveled the score with a penalty kick in the 63rd minute, after netminder Moises Munoz fouled Edgar Benitez.
Toluca falls to ninth place, with 23 points (6-5-5).
Tigres 2, Chivas 1
Second-place Tigres (9-1-6, 28 pts) scored twice in the first half and held on for a 2-1 win over Chivas Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Enrique Esqueda put UANL on the board in the eighth minute, getting his head on a sharp cross from Damian Alvarez. Alvarez collected his second assist with a pass to the back post for Edgar Lugo, who netted the game-winner in the 34th.
Jorge Enriquez made it a one-goal game for Chivas (7-5-4, 26) in the 76th.
Santos Laguna 3, Pachuca 2
Nestor Calderon converted two penalty kicks and Alonso Escoboza scored in the 90th minute as Santos Laguna outlasted Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
The win leaves the Guerreros (7-3-6, 24 pts) with a one-point hold on the eighth and final playoff position.
The Tuzos (6-4-6, 22) led briefly after Junior Sornoza scored from the top of the arc in the 36th minute. Calderon leveled the score with his first spot kick in the 44th, and gave Santos a 2-1 lead with his second pk, after a foul in the box on Edgar Renteria, in the 77th.
Calderon also had a hand in the capper, initiating the counterattack that Escoboza finished to make the score 3-1. Pachuca's Erick Gutierrez scored in stoppage time to add drama to the closing seconds.
Monterrey 2, Jaguares 0
Dorlan Pabon netted a brace to help keep Monterrey's playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Pabon snagged a loose ball to open the scoring in the 30th minute, and doubled the Rayados' lead in the 44th by lodging a sharp shot inside the far post past netminder Matute Garcia.
Monterrey are 11th in the standings at 7-2-7, 23 pts. Jaguares fall to 5-5-6 (20), good for 14th place.
Cruz Azul 1, Pumas 0
Cruz Azul edged Pumas 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Universitario Olimpico.
Roque Santa Cruz scored the game's only goal, poking the ball in from right off the goal line in the 34th minute. Gerardo Flores set the table.
Netminder Jesus Corona did the rest for #6 La Maquina (7-4-5, 25 pts), turning away rapid-fire attempts by Ismael Sosa in the 22nd and 25th minutes, and stopping a dangerous volley from Javier Cortes in the 73rd.
Pumas fall to 6-3-7 (21).
Veracruz 2, Leones Negros 1
Veracruz scored twice in the second half to rally past Leones Negros 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Jalisco and take over first place on the Clausura table.
Goalkeeper Meliton Hernandez gifted U de G a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, bobbling the ball into his own net. Leobardo Lopez took the point back for Veracruz in the 59th, when Juan Angel Albin's shot deflected off him on its way into the goal, and Emmanuel Garcia snatched the win on a breakaway in the 86th.
The Tiburones Rojos lead the league with 28 points (7-7-2) and 27 goals scored. U de G are in 16th place at 4-3-9 (15).