Some interesting results this weekend, allowed a shake-up of the Clausura in Mexico.
Atlas closed the gap at the top to a point as they beat fellow contenders Tijuana, whilst Tigres could only manage a point.
America kept pace with a resounding victory over Cruz Azul and Pachuca carried on with their recent form with a win over San Luis Potosi. The defeat left Potosi rooted to the foot of the table, whilst Chiapas and Leon also lost and remain second and third bottom respectively.
Tijuana ended with nine men as they fell to defeat on their visit to Atlas, who closed the gap at the top of Clausura to just a point. Omar Bravo notched his fifth goal of the campaign in the fourth minute, as he capitalised on a defensive error and latched on to Isaac Brizuela’s pass before toe poking the ball through the legs of Cirillo Saucedo Najera to secure victory for his side.
Tigres could only draw as they hosted Morelia, after Carlos Ochoa grabbed a 90th minute equaliser for the visitors. Captain Lucas Lobos opened the scoring for Tigres just before the half hour mark with a trademark free-kick, only for Ochoa to spoil the party as the ball fell kindly to the Mexican striker who fired past Enrique Palos in the Felinos goal.
Chucho Benitez smashed a hat-trick as America and Cruz Azul both ended with 10 men at Estadio Azteca. The Columbian international broke the deadlock early on as he was left completely unmarked to head home from six yards. The second came just before the break after cutting in from the right saw his long range effort found the bottom right hand corner. The treble was complete with 20 minutes to play when Benitez was again allowed space to head into the top left hand corner to complete a resounding win for the home side.
Pachuca made it four wins from five as they sentenced struggling San Luis Potosi to another week at the bottom of the Clausura. Christian Suarez found the net just before half time to send the home side in ahead at the break before Marco Perez stunned the Estadio Miguel Hidalgo with his header from Emilio Lopez’s free kick. But order was restored as Angel Reyna netted the winner, beating two men before curling an effort into the top left hand corner from the edge of the box. Watch the video (above) to see the sensational goal.
Santos confined Jaguares to another defeat in an action packed twenty odd minutes in Chiapas. Herculez Gomez got the opener after 14 minutes, before Luis Gabriel Rey notched his fifth of the campaign to level matters soon after. Oribe Peralta restored the visitors’ advantage just a minute later and Herculez Gomez wrapped things up after just 21 minutes, nutmegging his man and slotting cooly into the bottom right hand corner past Edgar Hernandez.
Puebla edged out Club Leon who have now only managed one win in nine games so far this season. Diego De Buen grabbed the only goal of the game eight minutes into the second half. De Buen, who was found by Gustavo Alustiza, made himself a yard before firing across William Yarbrough and into the right hand corner off of the left post.
Toluca secured victory on their travels, as they edged out Atlante thanks to Luis Tejada’s close range header. The Panamanian striker nodded home Hector Acosta’s cross which took home goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando by surprise and left the Mexican stopper with no chance.
Pumas UNAM and Guadalajara had to settle for a point each at Estadio Olimpico Universitaro as Miguel Sabah cancelled out Martin Bravo’s effort. It was Bravo who opened the scoring, as he saw Luis Michel out of his area and looped an effort over the back tracking keeper to give his side the lead. Sabah levelled things before the break as he tapped home after Alejandro Palacios could only parry his original effort to nab a point for Chivas.
Queretaro secured their second victory of the season with a narrow victory over Monterrey they climbed above their opponents into 12th in the Clausura standings. Wilber Cosme sent the home crowd wild with a third minute volley that beat Jonathan Orozco and condemned Monterrey to their fifth defeat of the season.
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