Despite a torrential downpour, Clausura champions, Club America comfortably defeated Jaguares de Chiapas 3-1 in the Estadio Azteca. Wonderful strikes from Ruben Sambueza and Miguel Layun set up the victory and Raul Jimenez ensured all 3 points. Atlante, despite being down to 10 men, defeated Pumas 1-0 and in doing so got their first win of the campaign and moved off the foot of the table. Pumas swap positions with them and are still searching for a league win. Santos Laguna earned a last gasp draw against Pachuca, cancelling out Fernando Cavanaghi’s first half goal, with Aguirre’s close range finish in stoppage time. Tigres and Puebla produced a goalless draw in Nuevo Leon with both sides now needing to close the gap on the liguilla group. Leon moved level on points with America at the top of the table after a 2-1 win over Chivas. Rafa Maquez, after his midweek recall for El Tri, was again imperious for Leon but perhaps Luis Montes stole the headlines with his stunning bicycle kick gave the home side a 2 goal cushion. Chivas did grab a consolation but it’s now 1 win in 17 and their season is effectively over. Atlas against Veracruz provided the game of the day in an enthralling 3-3 draw. 2 red cards, a missed penalty, 6 goals and a last gasp equaliser…what more can you ask for? READ MORE AND SEE ALL THE GOALS HERE….
CLUB AMERICA 3 – 1 JAGUARES DE CHIAPAS
Following their comfortable midweek victory in the CONCACAF Champions League, Club America completed a good week with an equally convincing win in the Estadio Azteca over Chiapas. The better team from the kick off, America took the lead in the 19th minute when Argentine, Rubens Sambueza cut inside onto his weaker, right foot and curled a superb shot into the top corner. The scoreline remained until half time when the weather took a turn for the worse.
In spite of the heavy rain, America doubled the lead not long after the break in spectacular fashion. Full back, Miguel Layun fired in a free kick from 30 yards, struck with too much pace and curl for goalkeeper, Oscar Jimenez. Striker, Raul Jimenez then made it 3 when he toe poked the ball into the net and in doing so killed off the game.
Minutes later, Chiapas did manage a consolation, when Carlos Ochoa rounded Hugo Gonzalez but it did not set up a grand stand finish and instead America cantered to a win and took pole position in the league table.
ATLANTE 1 – 0 UNAM PUMAS
With the game seemingly heading for a goalless draw it was in the 90th minute that Hector Morales fired the winner from the edge of the penalty box. His first goal since joining Atlante on loan from Monterrey heaped further misery on Pumas as they slumped to the bottom of the table.
PACHUCA 1 – 1 SANTOS LAGUNA
Pachuca took the lead midway through the first half when veteran, Argentine striker, Fernando Cavenaghi nodded in from close range. This looked like it would be the match winner but deep into injury time, a classic piece of route one football yielded the equaliser. After a flick off the head of a Pachuca defender, Andres Renteria was able to square the ball and leave Eduardo Herrera the simplest of tap-ins.
TIGRES 0 – 0 PUEBLA
The home side had the better of the opportunities but in truth it was a poor game and both sides will need to kick on now to progress to the liguilla.
LEON 2 – 1 CHIVAS
Leon continue to impress, moving level on points with Club America at the top after this latest win. Rafa Marquez once again proved his worth with another performance of the utmost class. A strong start eventually brought the opening goal when Hernan Burbano took advantage of a poor clearance from goalkeeper, Luis Michel. The Colombian striker rounded the hapless Michel before rolling the ball in for the opener.
If the first was as a result of a defensive error, the second was the result of a wonderful piece of individual brilliance. A lofty cross from the left was met perfectly by Luis Montes and his textbook bicycle kick flew into the bottom corner. Chivas did manage a reply in the second half through Rafa Marquez Lugo’s powerful header but it did not provide the impetus for a comeback and once more Chivas fell to defeat. 1 win in 17 games now does not make pretty reading for Chivas and they now must focus on the CopaMX as the Apertura is over for them.
ATLAS 3 – 3 VERACRUZ
Atlas will be mighty relieved to have got anything from this game as they produced a below par performance which started badly with the red card of Flavio Santos and got much worse when Angel Reyna Martinez gave Veracruz the lead from the penalty spot. Before half time Atlas were thrown a life line through a penalty of their own, which Omar Bravo gratefully took but when he was given a second chance 5 minutes later to give Atlas the lead he generously wasted the opportunity.
Just after the break, Veracruz retook the lead, Cristian Borja finishing from close range and five minutes later the lead was doubled. Jesus Sanchez headed in a corner from the left and against the 10 men of Atlas it seemed the game was over.
However, in the 77th minute, Vicente Vuoso climbed above his marker to forcefully head home a second. As Atlas’ frustration grew in search of the equaliser, Lucas Ayala was also shown a red card but there was still time for Edson Rivera to scramble in the leveller following a long ball pumped into the box.
Despite the valiant comeback, Atlas are still without a win and the pressure grows on manager, Omar Asad. Since the draw, it has been revealed that captain, Leandro Cufre is to leave as the club have announced he was working to get rid of Asad. To say all is not well at Atlas would be an understatement.