April 17, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 14 roundup
Queretaro 1, America 0
Yerson Candelo scored the only goal Queretaro (4-4-6, 16 pts) needed to edge second-place Club America 1-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Candelo's game winner came from the top right corner of the penalty area in the 38th minute. Emanuel Villa sent a pass into the penalty area, where Candelo beat goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez to the ball and slotted his shot inside the left post.
The Aguilas fall to 8-3-3 and 27 points.
Monterrey 2, Tijuana 1
Monterrey defeated Tijuana 2-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Dorlan Pabon gave the first-place Rayados (11-0-3, 33 pts) a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute, after Helio Castro's defensive turnover, and Edwin Cardona made the score 2-0 seven minutes later.
Dayro Moreno took one back for Xolos (3-7-4, 16) in the 58th.
Toluca 4, Veracruz 2
Ernesto Vega scored twice in the first half, including the 41st-minute game-winner, to lead Toluca (3-7-4, 16 pts) past Veracruz 4-2 Saturday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Vega netted his first Liga MX goal off an assist from Carlos Esquivel in the second minute, and Oscar Rojas made the score 2-0 from distance in the 28th. Vega completed his brace with a volley after a give-and-go with Nico Saucedo to leave the score 3-0 at the intermission.
The Tiburones Rojos (1-7-6, 10) mounted a small second-half comeback, closing to within a goal on strikes by Gabriel Penalba off a corner kick in the 50th minute and Juan Albin after netminder Liborio Sanchez misplayed Gerardo Lugo's pass back from the end line in the 87th, but Edy Brambila put things out of reach for Toluca with a stoppage-time capper.
Santos Laguna 1, Cruz Azul 0
Carlos Izquierdos scored the only goal of the match as Santos Laguna (7-3-4, 24 pts) edged Cruz Azul (4-7-3, 19) Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Izquierdos beat goalkeeper Jesus Corona with a header.
Tigres 5, Dorados de Sinaloa 2
Andre-Pierre Gignac and Jurgen Damm each scored twice as Tigres (5-5-4, 20 pts) doomed Dorados de Sinaloa (3-2-9, 11) to relegation with a 5-2 win Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
The brace left returned Gignac to the top of the Liga MX scoring chart with 11 goals.
The teams traded early goals, with Rafael Sobis putting Tigres on the board off Gignac's assist in the second minute and Wilson Morelo knotting the score for Dorados in the third. Yimmi Chara made the play possible by outdueling two defenders before sending the ball to Morelo, who hit the bar with his initial attempt and scored off the rebound.
Gignac and Sobis teamed again for Tigres' second goal, this time with Gignac doing the honors in the ninth minute, and Damm put the game-winner into an empty net in the 44th, 13 minutes after Dorados' Severo Meza was sent off with a straight red card. Gignac completed his brace in the 48th minute, and Damm scored his second of the match in the 53rd.
Dorados' Jairo Gonzalez closed out the scoring with a free kick from outside the penalty area in the 66th minute.
Leon 4, Puebla 1
Paced by Mauro Boselli's hat trick, fourth-place Leon (8-1-5, 25 pts) battered Puebla 4-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Boselli scored in the 53rd, 64th and 90th minutes. Elias Hernandez put away the long-distance game-winner in the 62nd, slipping a shot just inside the post.
Boselli's first goal came off the rebound after 'keeper Fabian Villasenor parried Guillermo Burdisso's shot off the post. His second was struck on the bounce, and the third came from the center of the penalty area.
Puebla (3-6-5, 15) led 1-0 at halftime after Christian Valdez scored in the 31st minute. Christian Bermudez got the assist with a pass back from the end line.
Morelia 1, Pachuca 0
Morelia slipped past Pachuca 1-0 on Facundo Erpen's 83rd-minute goal Saturday at Estadio Morelos.
Monarcas are in sixth place at 6-4-4 and 22 points.
Erpen's goal capped a wild series of blocked shots and rebounds in the Pachuca penalty area.
Other than Erpen's strike, Pachuca (7-4-3, 25) had the best looks at goal, starting with a 30th-minute shot from Ruben Botta that was swept off the line by defender Carlos Morales. In the 74th minute, Monarcas netminder Carlos Felipe Rodriguez made a clutch reaction save on a long blast from Hirving Lozano.
Pumas 2, Chiapas 1
Eduardo Herrera scored both goals as Pumas (4-6-4, 18 pts) beat Chiapas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Herrera opened the scoring in the 12th minute, on a breakaway with Ismael Sosa, and put away the deciding penalty kick in the 59th.
Silvio Romero snapped Jaguares' 287-minute goalless streak by scoring in the 77th minute. Chiapas are in 15th place at 3-3-8 (12).
Chivas 1, Atlas 0
Jair Pereira scored in stoppage time to give Chivas de Guadalajara a 1-0 win over Atlas in Sunday's Clasico Tapatio at Estadio Chivas.
Pereira headed home the deciding goal off a corner kick.
Arturo Gonzalez had the best chance to put Atlas on the board, hitting the bar in the 76th minute.
The Herd extend their winning streak to four games and move into seventh place at 5-6-3 and 21 points, while last-place Atlas fall to 2-3-9 (9).