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Clausura round-up: Santos close the gap on table-topping Tigres

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Quintero scored an 89th minute winner. (©GettyImages)
Quintero scored an 89th minute winner. (©GettyImages).

On a weekend where the majority ended in draws, Santos and Pachuca took advantage to draw closer to the top of the Clausura with eight rounds to play.

At the bottom, none of the sides tasted victory, although Leon, Morelia and San Luis all picked up a point.

Santos Laguna capitalised on draws by America and Tigres as they despatched second placed Atlas at Estadio Jalisco. They had to come from behind though, as Omar Bravo struck the opener just past the hour for the home side. The lead lasted until the last 10 minutes, when the visitors struck twice to snatch victory.

First, Rodolfo Salinas levelled the scores before Darwin Quintero needed an 89th minute winner for Los Guerreros.

Pachuca also propelled themselves up the table with a last minute double salvo to snatch three points at home to Puebla.

After Diego De Buen had put the away side into a shock lead, Angel Reyna and Dario Carreno both struck in the final minutes as Estadio Miguel Hidalgo went wild in celebration.

Table-topping Tigres welcomed Guadalajara to Estadio Universitaro with their eyes set on grabbing top spot, but they could not find a winner after Damian Alvarez cancelled out Miguel Sabah’s 35th minute opener. The point leaves the home side in joint third place, and Guadalajara sit comfortably in ninth.

America would have been hoping for a big score against bottom side San Luis, but the strugglers bravely grabbed a last minute equaliser.

Juan Carlos Medina put the home side ahead at Estadio Azteca with a neat free kick, only for Juan Cuevas to tuck away a last minute penalty, as Diego Reyes saw red for the offending challenge.

Tijuana fell behind to a Duvier Riascos own goal, after Fidel Martinez and Aldo De Nigris had made it one apiece. The Columbian forward knocked into his own net, before making amends with the equaliser in the 87th minute rescue a point for the defending Clausura champions.

Apertura strugglers Queretaro lept into eighth, with victory over Toluca at Estadio La Corregidora. The hosts’ had visiting defender Diego Novaretti to thank as he was unable to clear a looping cross and turned the ball into his own net past the onrushing Alfredo Talavera.

Cruz Azul surged to victory, after Atlante were reduced to ten men after just half an hour. Joe Bizera saw red which left his side exposed, and they were exploited just before and after the break by veteran hit man Mariano Pavone.

To compound matters for the home side, Diego Jimenez put the ball past his own keeper with nine minutes remaining as Azul ran out comfortable winners.

Luis Gabriel Rey again came to the rescue of Chiapas, as Morelia threatened to take the points away from Estadio Manuel Reyna. Joao Rojas connected with Jose Maria Cardenas’ well timed cross to give the visitors the lead, only for that man Rey to dink home the cheekiest of penalties on the stroke of half time to give both sides a share of the spoils.

Club Leon travelled to high flying Pumas on Sunday and a resolute defensive performance saw them grind out a goalless draw in the capital. Neither goalkeeper was overly tested in a game of few chances, so neither side could complain that a point was an unfair result.

 

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