Pumas recorded a famous victory against América in the Azteca on Saturday afternoon, cutting a run of 6 América victories in the fixture and condemning Antonio Mohamed’s side to a third straight loss. All is not well for Las Aguilas at the moment and once again ill-discipline cost them. It took just 8 minutes for Pumas to lead after Daniel Ludueña was able to profit from a mistake by Ruben Sambueza and curl in the opener. There was a reaction from América and Raúl Jiménez’s close range finish got them back on level terms but a wretched second half was duly punished. Minutes after the break, the experienced Francisco Rodriguez was given a red card and the tide of the game changed. Ludueña added his second of the match, firing in a long range free kick out of the grasp of Moisés Muñoz and the despairing defender on the line and with time running out another mistake, this time by Juan Valenzuela, led to a goal. Youngster, Roberto Ramirez this time the beneficiary to seal the win for Pumas and fire them up to third in the table.
Ecuadorian striker, Enner Valencia fired Pachuca to a comfortable 3-0 win over Morelia, scoring twice and making the other for Jürgen Damm. Needing a win in the Estadio Hidalgo, Valencia smashed in the opener just before half time and a minute after the break his low cross was turned in by the equally impressive, Damm. Late on, youngster, Hirving Lozano sprinted clear and laid it on a plate for Valencia to roll his second into the empty net. Pachuca jumped up to fourth as Morelia’s poor start to the season continues.
Tigres managed their opening win of the Clausura with a hard fought 1-0 win over Veracruz. Jesus Dueñas’ superb strike after cutting in from the right was worthy of winning any match and although the performance was not pretty it was a crucial win for Tigres. The fans were still unhappy with the manner of the victory but with the three points, Tigres were able to climb off the foot of the table and plunge Veracruz to the bottom.
León’s powerful, attacking play is now yielding results in the Clausura and last night in the Nou Camp they blew Santos away with a four goal, first half blitz. Elías Hernández opened the scoring in the 9th minute before Matías Britos added a second, both laid on by the impressive, Miguel Sabah. With Santos still reeling Carlos Peña scored a wonderful third, with one of his trademark surging runs through the middle, the midfielder kept his composure to slot past Oswaldo Sanchez. Peña was back to his unplayable best, which was key to León’s championship and another reminder that he will not be in Mexico for too much longer. There was still time before the break for Sabah to grab himself a goal and in doing so, all but end the game as a contest. Goals from Mauro Cejas and Oribe Peralta made the scoreline a little more respectable but it was nothing more than a consolation. Los Esmeraldas appear to have put their sluggish start to the season behind them if Saturday night’s first half performance was anything to go by.
Still without a win in the Estadio Jalisco in this year’s Clausura, Atlas again slumped to defeat, this time by a single goal against Monterrey. Lucas Silva’s first half header provided Los Rayados the away win and heaped further woe on Atlas.
Club América 1 – 3 Pumas
Pachuca 3 – 0 Morelia
Tigres 1 – 0 Veracruz
León 4 – 2 Santos Laguna
Atlas 0 -1 Monterrey