April 3, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 12 roundup
Toluca 0, Santos Laguna 0
Toluca (2-6-4, 12 pts) and Santos Laguna (5-3-4, 18 pts) played to a lackluster scoreless draw Friday night at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Neither team put forth much in the way of offense. Toluca forward Nico Saucedo got free inside the penalty area in the 77th minute, only to head the best opportunity of the match wide of the right post.
Queretaro 4, Tijuana 2
Angel Sepulveda scored two goals to lead Queretaro (3-3-6, 12 pts) to a 4-2 comeback win over Tijuana Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Sepulveda's second goal, in the 75th minute, was the game-winner.
Xolos (3-7-2, 16) ran up a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Kevin Gutierrez in the 12th minute and Dayro Moreno three minutes later. But things unraveled rapidly in the closing minutes of the first half. Nery Dominguez put the Gallos Blancos on the board with a shot to the upper left corner in the 41st minute, and Tijuana defender Javier Gandolfi was sent off with a straight red card in stoppage time.
Buoyed by their man advantage, Queretaro ran away with the match after the intermission. Sepulveda knotted the score 2-2 with a low shot seconds after play resumed, and Jaime Valencia capped the scoring in the 86th. Yerson Candelo set up the game-winner with a centering pass that left Sepulveda one-on-one with goalkeeper Federico Vilar, and Gomez finished things off from the top edge of the penalty area.
Veracruz 0, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Last-place Dorados de Sinaloa (2-2-8, 8 pts) picked up a rare point from Friday's scoreless draw with Veracruz at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
The Tiburones Rojos (1-7-4, 10) dominated play for most of the match, but created few offensive chances. The Dorados defense and goalkeeper Luis Michel easily handled the few shots that came their way.
Cruz Azul 0, Pachuca 0
Shorthanded Cruz Azul held on for a scoreless draw against Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Azul.
La Maquina (5-3-4, 18) played the final 35 minutes with ten men after Aldo Leao received a straight red card in the 55th.
Both teams had solid early chances, with Pachuca's Erick Gutierrez challenging 'keeper Jesus Corona from distance in the 19th minute and Joao Rojas threading his way through the Tuzos defense only to be thwarted by netminder Oscar Perez in the 27th.
Pachuca remain third in the standings at 6-4-2 (22).
Tigres 2, Atlas 2
17th-place Atlas (2-3-7, 9 pts) rallied for a 2-2 draw with #7 Tigres Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Tigres (4-5-3, 17) seized the early advantage with a goal by Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 16th minute and a penalty kick converted by Juninho seven minutes later. Gignac narrowly beat defender Rafa Marquez to Juninho's service into the box to open the scoring. The spot kick was awarded after Jurgen Damm was taken down in the box by defender Giovanni Leon.
Rodolfo Salinas started the Zorros' comeback in the 51st minute, off the corner kick after Dieter Villalpando's shot was blocked out of play. Juan Carlos Medina knotted the score 2-2 with a spectacular gol olimpico in the 69th.
Monterrey 2, Leon 1
Shorthanded Monterrey came up with a pair of late goals to snatch a 2-1 win over Leon Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
The first-place Rayados (9-0-3, 27 pts) fell behind early, conceding a ninth-minute goal to Leon's Maxi Morales, who scored off Edgar Castillo's cross to the far post. Aldo De Nigris leveled the score in the 63rd minute, and Jose Basanta netted the game-winner in the 85th. Both Monterrey goals came after forward Rogelio Funes Mori was sent off with a straight red card in the 56th minute.
Leon's best shot at a second goal came seconds after Funes Mori's ejection, when Elias Hernandez cracked a shot off the crossbar. De Nigris leveled the score off the resulting counterattack. Basanta's game-winning play also started with a rejected Leon shot.
Monterrey finished the match with only nine men on the field after midfielder Jesus Zavala received his second yellow card and was sent off in the 90th minute.
The Esmeraldas are in fifth place with 19 points (6-1-5).
Morelia 2, Puebla 0
Morelia (4-4-4, 16 pts) shut out Puebla 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Morelos.
Juan Pablo Rodriguez netted the game-winner from the penalty spot in the 60th minute, and Jorge Zarate added an insurance goal in stoppage time.
The spot kick was awarded after Edgar Duenas fouled Jefferson Cuero in the box.
Puebla (3-6-3, 15) played the final 26 minutes shorthanded after a red card to goalkeeper Cristian Campestrini in the 64th minute. Fabian Villasenor took his place in net, and was burned for Zarate's capper.
America 2, Chiapas 0
Club America (7-3-2, 24 pts) defeated Chiapas 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Oribe Peralta opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 31st minute, after Darwin Quintero was fouled inside the box. Quintero took his own revenge in the 63rd, doubling the Aguilas' lead.
Jaguares are in 15th place at 3-3-6 (12).
Chivas 4, Pumas 0
Chivas de Guadalajara routed Pumas 4-0 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Isaac Brizuela paced the herd with goals in the 30th and 65th minutes, first scoring off Carlos Cisneros' left-side cross, then off a rebound. Orbelin Pineda blasted home a long-distance the game-winner in the 20th, and Javier Lopez closed things out in the 74th.
The win lifts Chivas into tenth place at 3-6-3 and 15 points. Pumas, who have never beaten Chivas on the road, are two spots below, with the same record.