Away from the drama of the Súper Clásico there were 5 other Liga MX matches to keep up-to-date with, and with only 4 rounds left of the Apertura it is crunch time for many of the teams involved. Atlas failed to register their first win in 13 games and after this most recent defeat to Cruz Azul, the board wielded the axe and relieved Argentine, Omar Asad of his duties. Another club in crisis, Pachuca are now 11 without a win. Moments away from a rare victory, Cristian Borja’s last minute equaliser gave Veracruz a share of the points and denied Pachuca. There was a victory for one of the relegation threatened sides though as Atlante came from a goal down to Monterrey to win 2-1 and move off the foot of the table. Saturday’s results and a point for Pumas today would leave Chivas propping up the table. At the top of the table, Toluca won in Nuevo Leon against Tigres and Leon defeated Puebla at home as both sides try and keep pace with America. READ MORE AND SEE THE GOALS….
ATLANTE 2 – 1 MONTERREY
A blow for Monterrey’s hopes of reaching the playoffs and a surprising victory for Atlante. Monterrey actually led through Jesus Zavala’s close range header but they allowed Atlante back in. Uruguayan and former Boca midfielder, Walter Erviti fired in the equaliser after 54 minutes and with 20 minutes remaining, Alberto Garcia pounced on some sloppy defending to poke in the winner. Atlante held on for all 3 points in their bid to avoid the drop.
PACHUCA 1 – 1 VERACRUZ
Pachuca’s woeful run continues and they will be disappointed to have conceded such a late equaliser but had Veracruz striker, Cristian Llama brought his shooting boots they could have been behind early. Argentine, Llama squandered a great opportunity in the 8th minute when through on goal and minutes later saw a header come back off the inside of the post.
In order to try and show some more attacking intent, Enrique Meza sent on Fernando Cavenaghi and Daniel Ludueña. However, the opening goal came from defender, Daniel Arreola, his venemous shot from distance left Edgar Hernandez no chance.
Despite seeing Leiton Jimenez sent off for picking up his second yellow card, Veracruz continued to search for an equaliser. Their efforts were rewarded with just minutes remaining, Cristian Borja slotting home, Llama’s cutback.
TIGRES 1 – 2 TOLUCA
Toluca’s place in the liguilla is all but assured after yesterday’s win in Nuevo Leon. Tigres dominated the first half but found themselves behind at half time when Wilson Mathias took advantage when Enrique Palos could only parry the initial effort.
Tigres’ evening got even worse just seconds into the second half after Jose Torres was sent off but minutes later they drew level. Set piece specialist, Juninho curled in a trademark freekick. Things could have been even better but Alan Pulido hit the woodwork after following up Guido Pizarro’s effort.
With 10 minutes remaining, Toluca punished the home side. Pablo Velázquez got his head on the end of a Edgar Benitez’s flick into the six yard box and gave Toluca the win.
LEON 3 – 1 PUEBLA
Despite playing with 10 men for the majority of the game, Leon managed to defeat Puebla 3-1. Rafa Marquez was at the centre of the action early on, as his penalty put Leon in front before being sent off in giving away a penalty with only 28 minutes on the clock. Matías Alustiza converted from the spot to end the first half all square.
In spite of the numerical disadvantage, second half strikes from Luis Montes and Mauro Boselli gave Leon the win and took them to second in the table.
ATLAS 1 – 2 CRUZ AZUL
Results have eventually cost Omar Asad his job at Atlas, and despite some improved performances and the undoubted passion of the Argentine, there is no escaping the record of 0 wins in 13 games this season.
The home side actually took the lead courtesy of Arturo Gonzalez’s left foot shot from outside the box but the blame will lie with goalkeeper, Jesus Corona, who allowed the ball to squirm beyond him.
Argentine forward, Mariano Pavone equalised on the brink of half time with a neat turn and shot inside the box and just after the break, Joao Rojas put them in front.
Atlas never really reacted to falling behind and limped to defeat.