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Tigres take control at the top in Mexico

Tigres lead the way in Mexico after six games (©GettyImages)
Tigres lead the way in Mexico after six games (©GettyImages) .

A big weekend in Mexico saw Tigres capitalise as they moved clear at the top, courtesy of America’s victory over Tijuana. 

Atlas continued their good form and rose to fourth, whilst a Chiapas point was not enough to take them off the bottom. Away wins for Pachuca and Puebla saw them climb the table, as Leon continue to struggle after defeat at Morelia.

Club America and Tijuana went head-to-head in week six, and it was the visitors who went home with the points. Osvaldo Martinez broke the deadlock after just 12 minutes from the spot, before Paul Aguilar doubled the advantage shortly after half time. Pablo Aguilar did pull one back for Xolos, but it was not enough to get them back into the game.

Tigres went into their game with Toluca on Sunday knowing a victory would take them clear the top of the Clausura for the first time this season. Anselmo Juninho gave Felinos the lead in the 34th minute, and a Lucas Lobos penalty made it 2-0 just after the break. Edgar Duenas brought Toluca back into the game with 12 to play, only for late goals from Tigres strike duo Emanuel Vila and Luis Garcia to kill off any chances of a Los Choriceros comeback.

Atlas continued their push up the table and grabbed another victory which left them sitting pretty in fourth spot. An early Jahir Barraza strike set them on their way only for Facundo Erpen to put into his own net to draw Atlante level. Edson Rivera was the hero for the home side, as his 68th minute effort stole the points for Los Rojinegros.

Chiapas stay bottom as a late Queretaro leveller snatched a point from the verge of defeat. Jaguares had taken the lead just before the break as Jorge Rodriguez found the net, but Amaury Escoto came to the rescue with an 83rd minute leveller for the home side to push Queretaro into 13th position.

Club Leon continues to struggle, as they fell to defeat at Morelia and remain second from bottom in the Clausura. The only goal of the game came ten minutes after half time, as Sergio Santana converted from the penalty spot. Juan Ignacio Gonzalez saw red soon after for Leon, but Monarcas could not capitalise on the man advantage to add to their tally although they had Uriel Alvarez sent off late on. 

A late DaMarcus Beasley double saw Puebla take three points from their travels to San Luis Potosi. Felix Borja had set the visitors’ on their way after just two minutes, but Ricardo Jimenez levelled matters just over ten minutes later for the struggling hosts’. The American winger stole the show with his late double, notching in the 82nd and 89th minutes to push Puebla into sixth position.

Pachuca are enjoying a better close season under new boss Gabriel Caballero, which has seen them pick up two wins already this season. They gained a third over current Liga MX champions Santos Laguna this weekend thanks to Hector Herrera’s 11th minute strike. The Mexican midfielder pouncing to tap home after Angel Reyna’s effort was pushed out by Oswaldo Sanchez.

Guadalajara pushed themselves away from the drop zone thanks to Rafael Marquez’s second half winner. The Mexican forward cooly turned his man before slotting into Jonathan Orozco’s near post from Marco Fabian’s through ball. The win takes Chivas to tenth place, leapfrogging their opponents in the progress.

Cruz Azul picked up a point at home to Pumas which pushed the home side into fifth place. Talisman Mariano Pavone gave the capital city side a crucial lead from the spot after 21 minutes after Gerardo Torrado was fouled. Pumas will have been the happier side with the final outcome after Eduardo Herrera after his volley drew UNAM level. Alejandro Palacios kept the home side at bay with some fine goalkeeping, before Torrado saw red late on for the home side.

 

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