Saturday’s Clásico Regiomontano was the biggest draw of the weekend and it managed to live up to expectation as Monterrey fought back from two-down to salvage a draw against Nuevo León derby rivals, Tigres. Goals from Joffre Guerrón and Herculez Gomez gave the visitors a two-goal lead at the break but Los Rayados were a different side in the second half. Attacking with far more verve, Jesús Zavala headed the first to reduce the deficit and although it took time, Luis Madrigal eventually snatched the equaliser with less than five minutes remaining. Both sides should be contenders when we reach the business end of the season and so we may see another clásico yet.
Atlas closed the gap on América at the top with a 2-1 win over relegation threatened Puebla. La Franja actually went ahead thanks to John Pajoy’s deflected effort after 19 minutes but a wonderfully taken Rodrigo Millar drew Los Rojinegros level before the break. Atlas have proved their credentials already this season and once again they found enough will to snatch the victory. Martín Barragán had two snatches at the chance but with the second, hammered the ball past Rodolfo Cota and sealed all three points for Atlas.
With just three rounds remaining, the competition for places in La Liguilla is really heating up. Cruz Azul jumped into the final spot with a 3-1 win over this season’s whipping boys, Morelia. Mariano Pavone gave La Máquina the lead before Carlos Gúzman’s superb long range strike brought Morelia level. However, a vicious Christian Gimenéz free kick restored the lead before Pavone added a third from close range.
Chiapas also picked up a valuable three points in their effort to remain the playoff spots with a win over a side more concerned with relegation. Diego de la Torre’s long range strike gave Los Jaguares a first half lead and despite Christian Borja’s equaliser a minute after half time, Adrián Marín fired in a winner, ten minutes from time.
Pachuca remain in the top eight but were held to a goalless draw by a spirited Leones Negros side. It may not have been a classic but the point for Universidad de Guadalajara away to a side as good as Los Tuzos is a real positive.
Cruz Azul 3 – 1 Morelia
Veracruz 1 – 2 Chiapas
Monterrey 2 – 2 Tigres
Pachuca 0 – 0 Leones Negros
Atlas 2 – 1 Puebla