Clausura round-up: Tigres & Atlas hold firm at the top
Week 10: Tigres & Atlas lead the way in the latest instalment of the Clausura round-up
Tigres and Atlas advance in Mexico, with the chasing pack of Tijuana and America slipping up in week 10. Santos and Pumas made ground at the top, whilst struggling Leon and San Luis fell to another defeat. Guadalajara leap into eighth and Chiapas played out a draw with fellow strugglers Cruz Azul.
A second half goal from Luis Garcia helped Tigres to a 2-1 victory over San Luis at Estadio Alfonso Lastras in front of a crowd which contained around 23,000 travelling fans. After Lucas Lobos opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a spectacular volley, Yasser Corona levelled the tie with a close range finish. Garcia though grabbed a victory for the table topping side with another spinning volley that beat Oscar Perez and found the far corner.
Atlas had Rodrigo Millar to thank as they gained three points to keep up with Tigres at the top of the Clausura. The Chilean midfielder struck the winner in the 81st minute as he struck an unstoppable effort past Alfredo Talavera from 25 yards to sentence Toluca to defeat in front of the home faithful.
Tijuana slipped to defeat as they fell victim to a Wilberto Cosme goal in front of the home crowd at Estadio Caliente. The only goal of the game came just after the half hour mark, when Cosme latched on to Cesar Nava’s pass to fire past Cirillo Saucedo Najera . The win takes Queretaro up to eighth, whilst Tijuana sit in fifth.
Morelia survived 55 minutes with ten men to hold on to a draw as America visited Estadio Morelos. Hector Mancilla had broken the deadlock in just the secondminute as he headed home Jefferson Montero’s cross, only for Chucho Benitez to net his seventh goal of the season on the half hour mark. Federico Vilar saw red in the Monarcas goal just five minutes later as he brought down Raul Jimenez in the area, but Osvaldo Martinez blasted the resultant penalty onto the bar as the hosts’ held on for the remaining time.
Santos Laguna leapfrogged into fourth with their victory over Atlante. The home side went ahead just before the break as Herculez Gomez curled home a neat freekick and they doubled their advantage on the hour when Oribe Peralta found the bottom corner from close range. Esteban Paredes gave the away side a glimmer of hope with seven minutes to play but it was not enough to salvage a draw as Santos held firm.
Guadalajara accelerated into the top eight with a narrow victory over Pachuca to leave them just a point behind their beaten opponents. Rafael Marquez netted his fourth goal of the season in the 19th minute with a neat volley into the bottom corner off the post that left Daniel Luduena with no chance.
A Jesus Zavala double either side of a Matias Britos effort gave Monterrey victory over visiting Club Leon. Zavala opened the scoring after 21 minutes when he bundled home from a corner, only for Britos to level matters 15 minutes later, tapping home from Hernan Burbano’s slide rule pass. Zavala would not be denied though, as he wrapped up the points with ten to play as his header was too strong for William Yarborugh to keep out.
Cruz Azul and Chiapas could not be separated at Estadio Azul, as Luis Gabriel Rey netted a last minute winner to deny the home side victory. Nicolas Bertolo broke the deadlock early on with a neat finish from 12 yards out through the legs of the enrushing Edgar Hernandez. Alejandro Castro was shown a red card for a second bookable offence with 12 minutes to play and Chiapas used the extra man to their advantage to snatch a point. A knock down from Franco Arizala found his strike partner Rey who poked the ball home from no more than a yard out.
Pumas left it late to steal the points on their travels, with Puebla succumbing to the pressure that had been exerted on the home defence throughout. Martin Bravo was the man to take the glory, grabbing the winner in the last minute. The Argentinian striker, played onside by Puebla right back Michael Orozco, slid home from Macro Palacios’ scuffed effort to send the travelling faithful wild at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
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