Club América and Monterrey both relied on injury time winners to maintain their 100% starts to the Apertura and sit top of the table after two rounds. América trailed Tijuana for much of their match in the Estadio Azteca but Raul Jiménez and a late, late Pablo Aguilar header completed the comeback while Monterrey managed to snatch a last-gasp win against an impressive Pachuca thanks to Dorlan Pabon’s superb solo effort. Elsewhere, Champions León were again on the end of defeat, as they were went down 4-2 to Tigres, Chiapas defeated Toluca 2-1 and Puebla and Veracruz drew 0-0 in their relegation clash.
Club América 2 – 1 Tijuana
It was by no means a vintage América performance but Antonio Mohamed will be pleased with the spirit that his side showed to fight back and win in the second half.
Las Águilas started well but found themselves behind after 20 minutes courtesy of a Juan Arango penalty. The summer signing confidently placed his penalty beyond the reaches of Moises Muñoz after the referre judged Henry Martin to have been bundled over. Things might have been worse for América after Daniel Guerrero tripped Joe Corona when he was through on goal but the referee decided a yellow card was sufficient punishment.
After the break, Mohamed introuduced Raul Jiménez and América went on the offensive. Eventually they were level, when Jiménez broke the offside trap before delicately chipping the ball over Cirilo Saucedo. It was a vital goal by the youngster and might just be his last contribution to the side, if his reported transfer to Porto goes through.
América continued to push but had to wait until the 96th minute to claim a winner. Pablo Aguilar was left unmarked at the back post and his diving header found a way between substitute goalkeeper, Gibran Lajud’s legs and into the net.
A dramatic win which was cruel on Los Xolos but leaves América top of the table after two rounds.
Puebla 0 – 0 Veracruz
Two sides in the midst of a relegation battle didn’t promise too much and in that respect it did not disappoint. It is easy to see why both sides have struggled so much as there was little of note over the course of the 90 minutes. The introduction of 41-year-old Cuauhtémoc Blanco for Puebla in the second half was the highlight
Tigres 4 – 2 León
Tigres are not a side renowned for scoring many goals and after their opening goalless draw against Atlas, this result against bicampeones, León was not expected.
Former León player, Hernan Burbano was the architect behind Tigres’ victory and opened the scoring after 13 minutes. His curling effort from outside the box bounced awkwardly for León goalkeeper, William Yarbrough and bobbled into the net. After last week’s howler against América, Yarbrough will again be disappointed with this one.
Burbano doubled the lead shortly after pouncing on a loose ball after a scramble in the penalty box but the cushion didn’t last long. 5 minutes later, a well worked move cut through the Tigres defence and José Cárdenas added the finish.
Before halftime, the two-goal lead was restored by the head of Emanuel Villa but once again León roared back. After the break, Mauro Boselli cut the deficit but Tigres could not be denied. In the 65th minute, Juninho curled in a superb freekick and ensure all three points for the home side.
Pachuca 0 – 1 Monterrey
It took a moment of absolute magic from Dorlan Pabon to eventually settle this game but both sides impressed in what was an even battle between two attractive teams.
Pachuca’s young side played some excellent stuff during an opening period where both sides had chances. Los Tuzos definitely came closest when Hirving Lozano’s shot came back off the crossbar but neither side could find a breakthrough.
After halftime, the match followed a similar pattern but with the game looking like it was heading to a goalless draw, Dorlan Pabon cut inside down the right and unleashed an unstoppable finish across the goal to give Los Rayados a second league win, albeit slightly undeserved.
Chiapas 2 – 1 Toluca
Chiapas managed to defeat Toluca in a ill-tempered match which saw two red cards.
Vicente Vuoso smashed Los Jaguares in front after 27 minutes but the half ended in controversy when centre half, Bruno Pires was sent off for a stamp on Edgar Benitez. A moment of madness from Pires which could have cost his side dearly.
Ten-man Chiapas extended their lead thanks to a dreadful defensive mix-up in the 72nd minute which allowed Emiliano Armenteros a clear run on goal and he made no mistake.
Toluca needed something if they were to salvage anything but a minute later they too were reduced to 10 men. Miguel Ponce was shown a red card for a poor tackle and with that it appeared went any chance of Toluca getting back in the game.
5 minutes from time, Toluca did pull a goal back when Gabriel Farfan accidentally bundled the ball into his own net but there was to be no grandstand finish from Toluca.