Tigres, Atlas and Tijuana grabbed three points as Santos slipped up in fourth to widen the gap at the summit of the Clausura with five rounds to play.
At the bottom, San Luis thumped Chiapas which closed the deficit on the visitors, whilst Club Leon managed a point which leaves three teams on seven points and San Luis just behind on six.
Leaders Tigres came out on top from a tight affair as they visited Puebla, and they had Alan Pulido to thank for a late winner. Luis Garcia had given the table toppers the leader just past the half-hour mark, but DaMarcus Beasley levelled matters on 58. Pulido had the final say though as he tapped home from Danilo Veron’s pass to secure an important three points.
Atlas kept up with the pace to remain in second, as they emerged victorious from their trip to the capital to face Cruz Azul. The visitors went ahead thanks to Luis Ramos’ header, only for Israel Castro to equalise as he chested home Gerardo Flores’ fizzed cross on 51 minutes. Matias Vuoso popped up with the winner just four minutes later for Los Rojinegros as he finished well from 18 yards after a superb away counter attack.
Raul Jimenez was at the double for America as they coasted to victory over Guadalajara. After the home side were reduced to ten men after 35 minutes, America took control and took the lead just after the break when Jimenez opened his account with a fine header. The victory was sealed with just a quarter of an hour to play as Jimenez grabbed his and America’s second to clinch all three points.
Santos Laguna were held by high flying Queretaro as they failed to keep the pace at the top of the Clausura. Oribe Peralta’s 36th minute penalty looked to have secured a valuable win for the home side, only for Felipe Baloy to turn into his own net in the dying seconds to hand a point to the visitors in dramatic fashion.
San Luis gave themselves hope at the bottom, with a convincing win over Chiapas at Estadio Alfonso Lastras. Juan Cuevas broke the deadlock from the penalty spot with a quarter of the game gone, and Javier Munoz Mustafa doubled the advantage just past the hour with a neat header. Marco Perez put the gloss on the score line with his side’s third just five minutes later after some catastrophic goalkeeping by Edgar Hernandez in the Jaguares goal.
Monterrey climbed the table, after recording an impressive victory over Pumas UNAM. The home side left it late to break down a resolute UNAM back line, but after the deadlock was broken ten minutes from time by Luis Madrigal’s header, Humberto Suazo finished off a good team move and Cesar Delgado also netted to make it a comfortable result for Víctor Vucetich’s side.
Atlante travelled to Morelia’s Estadio Morelos, but returned home empty handed as they were on the receiving end of a beating. The afternoon did not start well for the visitors, who saw Israel Martinez open the scoring in his own net before Hector Mancilla doubled the lead after just 21 minutes. Carlos Ochoa added a late double in the final four minutes as the home side pushed their way in to play off contention at just the right time.
The Apertura top two went head to head on Saturday, although both sit in a slightly less encouraging position this time out. Wilson Tiago netted the only goal of the game after just seven minutes when he latched on to Antonio Naelson Matias’ through-ball to finish well. Fidel Martinez bizarrely saw red just three minutes later, as the referee adjudged his step on Diego Novaretti was with intent.
Club Leon and Pachuca played out a goalless draw at Estadio Nou Camp in a fiery affair that saw Leon end with just nine players and Pachuca with ten. Neither goalkeeper could be beaten in a draw that leaves Pachuca in fifth whilst Leon struggle in 15th position.
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