Tigres win keeps them top of the table – Clausura round-up week eight
Another Tigres win kept them at the top of the Clausura as Atlas climbed into second spot
Tigres stay top of the table after another victory, whilst Tijuana remain tucked in behind after also gaining three points.
A point for Atlas moved them into second position, though America tasted defeat as they lost ground. There was a goal fest at Morelia, whilst Marco Fabian's double led Guadalajara to victory over Club Leon.
Tigres had goal machine Emanuel Vila to thank as they stayed at the summit of the Clausura after eight matches. The hit man struck twice in the first half as his side went in with a healthy lead over Cruz Azul at the break. Christian Gimenez pulled a goal back on the hour but it was not enough for the hosts’ to mount a comeback as Felinos held on.
Tijuana kept up their momentum to remain just four off the pace as victory over Atlante levelled them up with America in third spot. Raul Enriquez broke the deadlock in the opening minutes heading past Jorge Villalpando before Duvier Riascos wrapped up the points late on. The Columbian striker tapped home from close range after rounding Villalpando as the home side bounced back from last weekend’s shock defeat.
America stumbled in their bid to stay hot on the heels of the leaders as they fell to defeat at the home of Santos Laguna. Darwin Quintero followed up from last week with the only goal of the game at TSM Corona. After latching on to Oribe Peralta’s clever flick, the front man curled an effort past the out-stretched Moises Munoz into the bottom right hand corner to take the points for Los Guerreros.
Pumas kept up their good form with a two goal victory over San Luis Potosi. San Luis had a goal controversially ruled out after the ball appeared to cross the line before Robin Ramirez gave the visitors’ the lead just after the break. His header snuck into the near post before Javier Cortes caught a sweetly struck volley which found the bottom corner and the points were heading back to the capital.
Pachuca were edged out of a five goal thriller as they travelled to Morelia. Jefferson Montero opened the scoring for the home side after just seven minutes, only for Dario Carreno to level matters on the half hour mark. However Monarcas’ reply was almost instant, as Hector Mancilla converted from the spot to restore the lead. The Chilean striker doubled his tally with eleven minutes to play as he slotted home at the second attempt before Angel Reyna pulled a goal back for Pachuca but it was too late to find a second equaliser.
Monterrey thumped three past Puebla to pull away from the bottom of the Clausura. Aldo De Nigris found the net with just a quarter of the game gone, looping a header past Victor Hernandez from six yards. The second came from the spot as Humberto Suazo converted after Michael Orozco saw red for handball on the goal line. De Nigris was at it again with 20 minutes to play as Hernandez was unable to keep out another powerful header from the Mexican.
Atlas propelled themselves into second spot with their point at Queretaro, who moved up to a respectable 14th place thanks to Atlante’s defeat to Tijuana. Both sides had chances and were denied by some solid goalkeeping in a game where the deadlock just couldn’t be broken.
Toluca climbed up to 13th spot as they saw off Chiapas at Estadio Nemesio Diez but they had to come from behind to do so after Luis Gabriel Rey notched his third goal in two games. Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva restored parity just after half time with a superb lobbed effort, before Flavio Santos netted the winner just thirteen minutes from time.
It was the Marco Fabián show at Estadio Omnilife as Guadalajara beat Club Leon by two goals to one. The first after 11 minutes was a long range effort which zipped into the bottom left hand corner and although Matias Britos made it level on the hour, Fabian stole the headlines with 11 to play and his low effort from the edge of the area this time found the opposite corner to take the points.
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