March 20, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 11 roundup
Queretaro 1, Chiapas 1
Queretaro and Chiapas traded goals within a two-minute span on their way to a 1-1 draw Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Edgar Benitez put the Gallos Blancos (2-3-6, 9 pts) on the board first, in the 71st minute, after a long solo run. Silvio Romero equalized for Jaguares (3-3-4, 12) in the 73rd, off an assist from David Andrade.
Benitez's goal might well have been a game-winner, but Mario Osuna mis-struck a Queretaro penalty kick in the first half, allowing netminder Oscar Jimenez to make the save.
Tijuana 0, Toluca 0
Tijuana (3-7-1, 16 pts) extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with Friday's 0-0 draw with Toluca at Estadio Caliente.
The Diablos Rojos (2-5-4, 11) had the best of the scoring chances. Paulo Da Silva beat goalkeeper Federico Vilar only to see defender Juan Carlos Nunez sweep his shot off the line before the intermission, and Luis Triverio forced the Xolos 'keeper into a pair of clutch saves in the closing minutes.
Dayro Moreno came close for Tijuana on both sides of the break, just missing with a first-half free kick, and sending one second half shot inches wide of the post, and another just over the bar.
America 2, Leon 1
Andres Andrade's 73rd-minute penalty kick lifted Club America over Leon 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Oribe Peralta put the Aguilas (6-3-2, 21 pts) on the board in the 34th minute, running on to a through ball from Rubens Sambueza, faking his way around netminder William Yarbrough and slotting the ball into the empty net.
Elias Hernandez, who was denied in the 36th minute by a spectacular save from America netminder Hugo Gonzalez, leveled the score for the Esmeraldas (6-1-4, 19) in the 51st off a sharp cross from Maxi Moralez.
Andrade stepped to the spot after defender Ignacio Gonzalez fouled Peralta in the box.
Chivas 3, Monterrey 1
A quick brace by Javier Lopez allowed Chivas de Guadalajara to pull away from first-place Monterrey 3-1 Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Lopez snapped a 1-1 tie from inside the arc in the 56th minute, and added the insurance goal five minutes later off an assist from Angel Zaldivar.
Chivas (2-6-3, 12 pts) took a 1-0 lead when Carlos Pena scored on a header in the 14th minute. Hiram Mier leveled the score in the closing seconds of the first half, corralling a loose ball and beating netminder Rodolfo Cota.
The loss trims Monterrey's lead over #2 Pachuca to three points, 24-21. The loss was only the third of the season for the Rayados (8-0-3).
Pachuca 6, Veracruz 0
Second-place Pachuca (6-3-2, 21 pts) handed shorthanded Veracruz (1-6-4, 9) the most lopsided pasting of the Clausura to date, 6-0 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Hirving Lozano paced the rout with a hat trick, scoring in the 34th, 39th and 90th minutes.
Ruben Botta made the score 3-0 from close range in the 66th minute, Rodolfo Pizarro connected in the 75th off a pass back from the end line by Francisco Jara, and Erick Gutierrez piled on with the fifth Tuzos goal, a bouncing header in the 77th.
All of the goals came after Veracruz forward Oscar Vera was sent off with a straight red card in the 33rd minute. Despite the setback, things briefly appeared to be going the Tiburones Rojos' way when netminder Sergio Garcia saved Jara's poorly-struck penalty kick. But the floodgates opened soon after. Lozano opened the scoring with a header set up by Stefan Medina's cross, and made the score 2-0 after a long service from Gutierrez.
Cruz Azul 2, Atlas 0
Cruz Azul (4-6-1, 18 pts) got a pair of early goals from Christian Gimenez and Jorge Benitez on their way to a 2-0 win over Atlas Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Gimenez opened the scoring in the ninth minute, with Benitez setting the table with a pass back from the end line. Benitez added the short-range capper in the 23rd.
Atlas (2-2-7, 8) came closest to getting on the board just four minutes later, but 'keeper Jesus Corona turned away a dangerous shot by Arturo Gonzalez. Corona came through with another clutch save, on Gonzalo Bergessio, in the 65th.
Dorados de Sinaloa 3, Santos Laguna 1
Wilson Morelo scored twice in stoppage time as last-place Dorados de Sinaloa stunned Santos Laguna 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Banorte.
Dorados (2-1-8, 7 pts) had the upper hand for most of the match after Milton Caraglio opened the scoring from the penalty spot after a handball in the area in the 33rd minute. It took the Guerreros (5-2-4, 17) until the 77th minute to equalize with a set-piece header by Diego Gonzalez, before Morelo brought the match to its dramatic close. The Colombian finished off a right-side service to win the game, and beat goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin one-on-one for the capper.
Puebla 0, Tigres 0
Shorthanded Puebla held on for a scoreless draw against Tigres Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
After a sluggish first half, Puebla defender Luis Robles cracked the game's first serious scoring chance off the crossbar. La Franja's path became harder in the 69th minute, when midfielder Christian Bermudez received a straight red card for a violent tackle and was sent off. The Puebla defense sagged back and absorbed pressure through the remainder of the match to hang on for the point.
The result leaves Puebla in tenth place at 3-6-2 and 15 points. Tigres (4-4-3, 16) are seventh on the table.
Pumas 4, Morelia 2
Pumas (3-6-2, 15 pts) benefitted from a pair of own goals on their way to a 4-2 win over Morelia (2-4-4, 10) Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Both Erick Aguirre (23rd minute) and Carlos Rodriguez (53rd) put the ball into their own net, with Rodriguez's miscue -- an unfortunate deflection after Felipe Rodriguez's shot hit the crossbar -- turning out to be the game-winner. Daniel Luduena connected for Pumas in the 50th minute, and Javier Cortes made the score 4-1 in the 58th.
Morelia got off to a quick start before things turned sour, taking a 1-0 lead on Jefferson Cuero's rebound goal in the fourth minute. By the time Carlos Morales closed out Monarcas' scoring with a long blast in the 85th minute, the game was already lost.