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August 16, 2015
Match Day 5 roundup

Veracruz 2, Queretaro 2
All the scoring was over before halftime as Veracruz and Queretaro battled to a 2-2 draw Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.

Veracruz (3-1-1, 10 pts) got off to a lightning start, starting when Julio Furch latched on to Joe Corona's set-up pass and slipped a shot inside the right corner in the seventh minute. Ten minutes later, Gallos defender Emanuel Villa put the ball into his own net with a bouncing shot off a corner kick to make the score 2-0.

Edgar Benitez made it a one-goal game in the 25th minute, and Villa atoned for his early error with the 2-2 equalizer in the 39th.

America 2, Santos Laguna 0
Dario Benedetto scored both goals as Club America blanked Santos Laguna 2-0 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.

It was the Aguilas' third straight win.

Benedetto opened the scoring with a 25-yard blast into the lower corner in the 39th minute, and made the score 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 67th, after a handball call on Agustin Marchesin.

The draw leaves the Gallos Blancos at 1-2-2 (5 pts).

Tijuana 3, Cruz Azul 1
Tijuana staked Cruz Azul to an early penalty kick, but rallied to a commanding 3-1 win Saturday at Estadio Azul.

Dayro Moreno's scored against unprotected netminder Jesus Corona in the 22nd minute to counter Christian Gimenez's spot kick -- awarded after he was fouled in the box -- in the eighth. Juan Arango netted the game-winner off a long free kick two minutes later, and substitute Paul Arriola added an insurance goal in the 48th. By that time, La Maquina were down a man after a captain Gerardo Torrado was sent off shortly before halftime.

Both teams close out the week at 2-0-3 and six points.

Leon 4, Morelia 3
Mauro Boselli scored in the 70th and 78th minutes to give Leon a nail-biting 4-3 win over Morelia Saturday at Estadio Morelos.

Morelia (3-0-2, 9 pts) got on the board first, with a goal by Ignacio Gonzalez in the 17th minute. Luis Montes knotted the score seven minutes later, with a long shot into the upper corner, and Carlos Pena sent the first-place Esmeraldas (4-0-1, 12) into halftime with a 2-1 lead with a header in the 41st.

Morelia regained control early in the second half, with rapid-fire goals by Cristian Pellerano in the 4th minute and Facundo Erpen in the 51st, before Boselli delivered the win to Leon. Pellerano's shot glanced off the post on its way into the net, and Erpen connected on a breakaway.

Boselli leveled the score 3-3 from just off the post, then snatched the win for Leon after a quick passing sequence.

Tigres 4, Chiapas 1
Andre-Pierre Gignac had a hat trick as Tigres routed Chiapas 4-1 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.

Gignac staked the home team to a 2-0 lead before halftime, connecting off a rebound in the 28th minute and beating defender Luis Venegas to score from point-blank range in the 37th. Rafael Sobis made the score 3-0 with a header in the 54th, seconds before Diego de la Torre put Jaguares on the board from outside the arc.

Gignac closed things out with a grass-cutter in the 70th.

Tigres are in 16th place at 1-1-3 and four points, while Jaguares are ninth at 2-1-2 (7).

Pumas 2, Pachuca 1
Pumas edged Pachuca 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.

Third-place UNAM (3-0-2, 9 pts) led 1-0 at halftime on a 21st-minute goal by Eduardo Herrera, who finished off a breakaway led by Fidel Martinez. Hirving Lozano equalized for the Tuzos (2-0-3, 6) from short range seconds after the intermission, but Javier Cortes put Pumas in front for good with a 19-yard free kick to the upper left corner in the 72nd.

The teams played most of the second half ten-on-ten. UNAM defender Josecarlos Van Rankin drew the first of the game's two red cards in the 42nd minute, and Pachuca's Aquivaldo Mosquera followed him to the dressing room on the other side of the intermission, in the 51st. Both players were sent off after being shown their second yellow cards of the match.

Atlas 2, Puebla 1
Atlas scored a pair of early goals and eld on for a 2-1 win over Puebla Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.

Eisner Lobos put the Zorros (2-0-3, 6 pts) on the board in the 1th minute, and Juan Carlos Medina made the score 2-0 with what turned out to be the game-winning penalty kick in the 24th.

Matias Alustiza kept things interesting with an 86th-minute penalty kick for Puebla (3-0-1, 9).

Monterrey 4, Dorados de Sinaloa 1
Monterrey reeled off four unanswered goals on their way to a 4-1 win over Apertura debutants Dorados de Sinaloa Saturday at rainy Estadio Banorte.

Dorlan Pabon opened the scoring off a rebound in the third minute. Edwin Cardona followed up with a brace, on long-range shots in the 42nd and 54th minutes, and Rogelio Funes Mori made the score 4-0 off Neri Cardoza's assist in the 57th.

Roberto Nurse, who hit the bar in the 28th minute, saved Dorados from the shutout with a header in the 75th minute.

Monterrey take over fifth place in the standings at 3-0-1 (9 pts). Dorados fall to 1-2-2 (5).

Toluca 3, Chivas 1
Fernando Uribe scored twice to lead Toluca past Chivas 3-1 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Uribe's goals, in the 29th and 74th minutes, sandwiched the game-winning penalty kick by Enrique Trivero in the 45th. Uribe opened the scoring with a sharp header off Carlos Fierra's assist, and completed his brace with a straightforward right-footer.

Omar Bravo put Chivas on the board in the 56th minute, with a shot that deflected off Diablos midfielder Antonio Rios. The herd could not close the gap further despite finishing with a two-man advantage after red cards to Christian Cueva in the 77th minute and Edy Brambila in the 88th.

Toluca are in eighth place at 3-0-2 (9 pts), while relegation-threatened Chivas remain 17th on the table at 1-1-3 (4).

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