MEXICO: LIGA MX WEEK EIGHT – ROUND UP

Puebla 1-1 Leon

Morelia 1-1 UANL Tigres

Cruz Azul 1-1 America

Monterrey 3-2 Queretaro

Santos Laguna 0-0 Chiapas

San Luis Potosi 1-0 Pachuca

Tijuana 1-1 Atlas

Toluca 0-0 Atlante

Guadalajara vs Pumas UNAM

Toluca take over at the top

There were plenty of draws this weekend with Monterrey as the main movers, their win over struggling Queretaro moving them into third. Luis Tejada’s late winner pushed Toluca into top spot as they overtook Tijuana who could only manage a draw with Atlas. Club Leon stay in fourth spot after sharing the spoils with Puebla and reigning champions Santos Laguna were held at home by Chiapas.

Monterrey continued their fine form with a win over Queretaro, although the visitors took a shock lead when Carlos Bueno finished off Diego Vera’s speculative drive. The 2010 champions drew level soon after half time though, as Neri Cardozo found the net from 18 yards. Dario Carreno put his side in front on 69 minutes as his header beat Juan Castillo in the Queretaro goal, but the lead lasted only two minutes with Diego Gustavino finding the top corner to make the scores level.  Angel Reyna won it for the home side in the final ten minutes, sending a low drive into the bottom left hand corner.

Luis Tejada scored a dramatic winner for Toluca which took them into top spot over Tijuana on goal difference. As the home side piled on the pressure, they were unlucky not to take the lead as Marvin Cabrera saw his effort cleared off the line but with just seven minutes to go Lucas Silva found Tejeda and he fired an effort into the top right hand corner to send the home fans wild and his team to the Apertura summit .

Duvier Risacos rescued Tijuana as Atlas threatened to inflict their first defeat of the season. Hector Mancilla gave the visitors the lead on the half hour, as his neat footwork allowed him to find space and fire a left foot poke into the bottom right hand corner.  Miguel Pinto kept his side in the lead with fine goalkeeping, but after his missed punch, the ball fell perfectly to Riascos who found the net to keep Los Perros Aztecas level at the top of the Apertura.

Puebla welcomed high-flying Club Leon to Estadio Cuauhtémoc hoping to record their second win of the season. However it was the promoted side that took the lead early on as a training ground free kick found the head of Sebastian Maz and he made no mistake from eight yards. Matías Abelairas rescued a point with 25 minutes to play as he drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

San Luis Potosi recorded only their second victory of the season as they defeated Pachuca at Estadio Alfonso Lastras. The goal came just before the break, as Jaime Correa set himself on the right hand edge of the penalty area and arrowed his shot past Rodolfo Cota. Wilmer Aguirre should have wrapped up the points in the second half but he fired over from six yards out.

Cruz Azul and America MEX stay level on points as they played out a score draw in the capital.  Christian Benitez gave the visitors the lead as he ran on to Paul Aguilar’s long through ball and finished past the enrushing Jose de Jesus Corona before Javier Aquino levelled matters just three minutes after half time. His chest met Francinilson Santos’s cross before crossing the line to give each side a point.

Lucas Lobos’s penalty was not enough to earn Tigres all three points as they travelled to Morelia. The Argentinian midfielder converted his kick past Carlos Morales with 25 minutes to go and must have thought it would be enough for victory. Carlos Ochoa though, had other ideas and he pulled his side level just six minutes later as his header from a Joao Rojas cross found the net as the points were shared.

Santos Laguna remain in indifferent form as they could only manage a goalless draw at home to Chiapas, the result leaves the current Liga MX champions occupying 10th place with Chiapas happy to grab their second draw of the season. Guadalajara and Pumas UNAM was ended in a stalemate, both sides testing the opposition keeper on numerous occasions but neither side was able to make the breakthrough they craved to steal the points.

PAUL ABRAHAMS

@Abes89

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