América stay top but wins elsewhere for Atlas, León and Tigres (VIDEO)

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América ended their short Liga MX goal drought with a 2-1 win over Pachuca and remain top of the table after 9 rounds thanks to Miguel Layún’s second half winner. Atlas‘ fine season continues as they moved up to second with a 2-1 win against troubled Cruz Azul and Tigres moved into the playoff places with a narrow 1-0 win against relegation threatened Leones Negros. Champions, León enjoyed a good day in their stuttering title defence with a 3-1 victory over Veracruz in the Camp Nou and Puebla and Chiapas ended all square so Los Jaguares remain in the positions for La Liguilla.

Club América  2 – 1  Pachuca

Despite scoring 10 in midweek in the Champions League, América were finding goals a little harder to comeby in the league and when Las Águilas struck the frame of the goal twice in the opening minutes it looked like it could be another frustrating day. Thankfully the deadlock was broken after half an hour when Daniel Arreola headed into his own net. Pachuca introduced Argentines, Ariel Nahuelpan and Diego Buonanotte in the second half and were soon level when Nahuelpan fired past Moisés Muñoz. However minutes later, captain Miguel Layún sprinted clear and finished well to give América another three points.

Puebla  1 – 1  Chiapas

Chiapas remain in the playoff spots after a draw away to Puebla. Los Jaguares led after 35 minutes when Vicente Vuoso headed them in front but Luís Noriega’s deflected effort after the break ensured the points were shared.

Tigres  1 – 0  Leones Negros

Tigres managed to claim a hard fought win against Leones Negros despite having to play most of the match with 10 men following Jorge Torres receiving his second yellow card after 28 minutes. By that stage, Gerardo Lugo had already scored from close range and the home side held firm to claim the win.

León  3 – 1  Veracruz

León returned to winning way with a routine win over Veracruz in the Camp Nou. Mauro Boselli headed the champions in front after 13 minutes before Marcos Caicedo smashed in a second. Los Tiburones Rojos managed to pull one back in first half stoppage time through Daniel Villalva but Boselli made sure with just five minutes of the match to play. The Argentine striker danced around Edgar Hernández to score his second and ensure victory for Las Esmeraldas.

Atlas  2 – 1  Cruz Azul

Two teams enjoying very different seasons met in Guadalajara and perhaps as expected it was Atlas who were left celebrating another important victory. Arturo González headed Atlas in front early and although Julío Domínguez brought La Máquina level the match was decided late on when Rodrigo Millar fired in the winner with 10 minutes remaining. Millar’s celebrations were cut short when he was sent off for taking his shirt off but Atlas held on for all three points.

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