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Back-to-back wins takes Tigres to the top

Damian Alvarez scored in Tigres' 3-1 win over Atlante. (©GettyImages)
Damian Alvarez scored in Tigres' 3-1 win over Atlante. (©GettyImages).

Tigres, Tijuana and America all recorded victories to take them clear at the top of the Clausura.

Queretaro recorded a rare victory to take them level with Atlas, Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul, who are all on four points. Chiapas and Atlante prop up the rest, as they were both beaten for the second consecutive weekend.

Tigres scored three for the second week running as they defeated Atlante to continue their good form which was has taken them to the Apertura summit. Damian Alvarez opened the scoring after 11 minutes, but Esteban Paredes levelled matters just before the break.

Lucas Lobos restored his side’s advantage before Diego Ordaz was shown a straight red card to makes things difficult for Atlante. Luis Venegas compounded the hosts’ woes with 15 minutes to play as he put the ball into his own net.

Tijuana kept pace with Tigres at the top, as they edged a tight affair which saw Club Leon visit Estadio Caliente. The only goal of the game came after just seven minutes, as Alfredo Moreno netted his first of the season. Carlos Pena and Leandro Augusto both saw red in the second half, but Tijuana held on to take the points.

Two second-half goals from America saw them to victory over now bottom-placed Chiapas at Estadio Manuel Victor Reyna. Rubens Sambueza struck first with the opening goal on the hour mark, and Christian Benitez wrapped things up ten minutes later as Aguilas made it two from two for the new season.

Atlas propelled themselves into fourth position with a convincing victory over Pachuca at Estadio Jalisco. Omar Bravo’s 36th minute penalty meant the home side went in ahead at the break, and after Daniel Luduena was dismissed for Pachuca shortly after half time, Matias Vuoso killed the visitors off with a typical poachers finish from less than six yards with just over 20 minutes remaining. Oscar Razo saw red for Zorros but the decision had no bearing on the final outcome as they took all three points.

An Oribe Peralta double ensured Santos kept pace near the top of the Apertura, as they despatched Guadalajara on home soil. The Mexican forward broke the deadlock after 33 minutes, with a curling strike from the edge of the box beating Luis Michel in the Chivas goal, and sealed victory in the second half, cooly slotting past the en-rushing Michel after beating a weak offside trap.

Cruz Azul had their ageing midfield maestro Christian Gimenez to thank as they came from behind to see of San Luis Potosi. Santiago Trellez had given the strugglers a precious advantage just three minutes after the break, but Gimenez took just two minutes to bring the scores level. The Argentinian stole the headlines as he netted the winner just 20 minutes from time.

Queretaro managed a rare victory thanks to a two-minute salvo from Amaury Escoto. After Javier Cortes had put Pumas UNAM in front, it was left to Escoto to rescue Gallos Blancos with two goals in two minutes to turn the game on its head.

His first was a tap in from Gonzalo Pineda’s scuffed shot, and the second came courtesy of a right-footed drive which evaded Alejandro Palacios in the Pumas goal.

Lucas Silva’s last-minute strike salvaged a point for Toluca who have yet to reach Apertura standards. Puebla went ahead after Felix Borja neatly spun his marker and fired a low shot inside Alfredo Talavera’s left post. Toluca didn’t give up and were rewarded for their efforts in the dying moments.

Lucas Silva was found by Luis Tejada and the Brazilian struck his effort low and hard into the bottom left-hand corner.

Neri Cardozo netted the only goal of the game as Monterrey edged out Morelia at Estadio Tecnologico. The winger found the net after just seven minutes, as he latched on to Omar Orellano’s perfectly timed through-ball and curled an effort past Federico Vilar, who was too far out of his goal to stop the Argentine’s strike from hitting the net.

Hector Mancilla’s dismissal right on half-time extinguished any hope the visitors had of mounting a comeback, as Monterrey took the points.
 



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