With the celebrations from last month’s championship win just over, Leon returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Atlas and once again it was the impressive Carlos ‘Gullit’ Peña at the centre of things with two goals. A superb free kick from Luis Montes ensured the win before Brazilian, Maikon Leite fired in his first for Atlas as a consolation. Cruz Azul came from a goal down against Santos with a last minute, Mariano Pavone header giving them a 2-1 victory. Javier Orozco had poked Santos in front in the first half but a Jerónimo Amione header set up a grandstand finish and Argentine, Pavone grabbed La Máquina’s first win of the season. Veracruz also left it late against Atlante with Luiz Sanchez stealing all 3 points with a last gasp winner. In Saturday’s other game, Tigres and Pachuca maintained their less than impressive starts to the championship with a dull goalless draw.
CRUZ AZUL 2 – 1 SANTOS LAGUNA
Cruz Azul’s season got up and running on Saturday with a dramatic late win over Santos. Javier Orozco was on hand to prod in from close range after a header midway through the first half to put the visitors in front. However, a red card to defender, Jose Abella Fanjul for an alleged elbow while challenging for a header turned the tide in favour of La Maquina. Despite pressing hard in the second half it took until the 79th minute for Jeronimo Amione to head Cruz Azul level. With the game looking to head for a draw, Argentine striker Mariano Pavone headed home the winner.
VERACRUZ 2 – 1 ATLANTE
Veracruz maintained their unbeaten start to the Torneo Clausura and heaped further misery on an even more doomed looking, Atlante. A looping header from Liber Quiñones gave the Los Tiburones Rojos the lead after just 3 minutes but 10 minutes before the break Narciso Mino drew Atlante level. With time running out Luiz Sanchez earned Veracruz all 3 points with an angled drive across goal.
TIGRES 0 – 0 PACHUCA
A game of few chances between two sides still waiting for their first goals of the season probably tells you all you need to know about this one.
LEON 3 – 1 ATLAS
A wonderful Gullit Peña brace set Leon on their way to victory and the midfielder looks set for a huge 2014. The first was a wonderful curling strike from outside the box and the second before half time an effective finish after beating a loose offside trap and rounding the keeper. Luis Montes whipped in a free kick from the edge of the box to complete an emphatic win and despite Atlas pulling a goal back, Leon looked on their way to another title challenge. Atlas remain in their lowly position aided only by the ineptitude of fellow strugglers, Atlante.