America, Tigres, Atlas and Santos all drew in week 13 as Pumas capitalised to leap into fifth with victory over Pachuca.
At the bottom, Chiapas took a giant step away from the bottom with a win over visiting Guadalajara as Atlante were sentenced to defeat by fellow strugglers San Luis.
Chiapas staggered to victory over Guadalajara for what could be a huge three points at the bottom of the table thanks to Franco Arizala’s 81st minute strike.
Luis Gabriel Rey had given the home side the lead early on, and Luis Lorona doubled the advantage before half time. A Rafael Marquez double levelled the tie before Arizala struck late on to secure the points for Jaguares.
Goalless draws between Tigres v Leon, Atlas v Morelia and Tijuana v Santos allowed Pumas UNAM to make ground at the top, as they leapfrogged their opponents on goal difference as a result of their win.
After Efrain Velarde had opened the scoring with a superb volley, Paulo Da Silva quickly responded to draw the hosts’ level. Javier Cortes was the match winner as he struck the killer blow, his teasing free kick evaded everybody and into the net to carry the away side to victory.
America could not capitalise on a slip up at the top as they were held by Puebla at Estadio Azteca.
Felix Borja had stunned the home crowd with a powerful header, putting the visitors into a shock lead just past the hour. Miguel Layun restored order just ten minutes later with a long range daisy cutter finding the bottom corner. Neither side could snatch a winner, leaving Puebla in 14th and America in third.
San Luis were victorious on their travels, even though they finished their match at Atlante with just nine men. Emilio Lopez was sent off just before the break before Luis Rodriguez put the ten men ahead with just fifteen minutes to play.
The goal scorer then turned villain as Rodriguez was shown a second yellow card, but his side held on for a priceless three points.
Cruz Azul travelled to Estadio La Corregidora to take on Queretaro, and returned to the capital with all three points. Diego de la Torre gave the home side the lead after just eleven minutes, but Nicolas Bertolo restored parity just after half time.
Javier Orozco was the match winner as he found the net with just twenty minutes to play, tapping home as Queretaro failed to clear.
In the only other game that had goal scoring action, Toluca edged out Monterrey at Estadio Nemesio Diez. The only goal of the game came from Juan Carlos Cacho as he looped a long-range header past Juan de Dios Ibarra from Lucas Silva’s cross.
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