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Cruz Azul continue to impress as they remain the only undefeated side at the top of the table with lowly Atlante their latest victims. While Cruz Azul dream of championship glory, Atlante look destined for the drop. Elsewhere, there were some surprises, as Chivas won away from home for the first time in a year, Pumas shocked Leon and Club America slipped up in the Estadio Azteca against Pachuca.
Tijuana 2 – 1 Monterrey
Monterrey were once again made to pay for their lack of firepower as they allowed Tijuana to stage a late comeback and win 2-1 in the Estadio Caliente. Following a series of missed opportunities, Cesar Delgado finally put Monterrey in front with a wonderful solo effort. The Argentine striker cut inside onto his left foot and unleashed a venomous shot past Cirilo Saucedo. However, there was an immediate response from Los Xolos and 10 minutes later another Argentine was on the scoresheet. A Tijuana corner from the right was flicked on Elio Castro and Dario Benedetto was on hand to smash in the equaliser from close range. With minutes remaining Los Xolos led as Benedetto turned provider. His deep cross was headed back across goal by Juan Hernandez and Cristian Pellerano was in space to nod in the winner. Tijuana’s fine home form continues as they push on but for Monterrey it’s now three without a win.
Club America 0 – 1 Pachuca
A poor America performance in the absence of Argentine schemer, Ruben Sambueza was punished by a spirited Pachuca side. Hirving Lozano scored the winner with a minute remaining as he ran unchallenged before firing past Moises Munoz.
Tigres 1 – 1 Santos Laguna
Santos managed yet another draw when they travelled to face Tigres. The 1-1 draw did little to help either side as Tigres are still looking for their first win of the season and Santos have now drawn 4 of their 6 games. Alan Pulido slid in to give Tigres the lead after 12 minutes but Andres Renteria tapped in the equaliser just after the break.
Leon 1 – 2 Pumas
Pumas upset current champions Leon in the Estadio Leon to continue Los Esmeraldas worrying start to the season. Martin Bravo fired Pumas in front and despite Luis Montes’ smart volleyed equaliser, Bravo sealed the victory with a wonderful solo effort. Leon pushed for another leveller and came close but Pumas held on for a great victory.
Atlas 1 – 1 Morelia
At the bottom of the table, Atlas managed a draw at home against Morelia. The point opens a little more space between themselves and bottom club, Atlante as relegation looms for their rivals. Egidio Arevalo spectacularly gave Morelia the lead when he smashed the ball into the top corner from 30 yards but struggling Atlas fought back to level things through Arturo Gonzalez’ close range header.
Puebla 0 – 1 Chivas
A first away win in over a year gave Chivas fans a rare reason to be cheerful. Aldo De Negris’ early header gave Los Rojiblancos a hard fought and well overdue away victory over Puebla.
Toluca 2 – 0 Chiapas
Toluca continued their good start to the championship with a 2-0 win over Chiapas but were made to work for their 3 points. Isaac Brizuela opened the scoring shortly after the break when he cut inside onto his left foot and rifled a shot past Alfredo Frausto and with minutes remaining Pablo Velázquez headed in a second to end any hopes of a Chiapas comeback.
Atlante 1 – 4 Cruz Azul
Liga MX’s form side, Cruz Azul once again swept aside their opponents to remain top and the only unbeaten side, while for Atlante things look bleak at the foot of the relegation table. Despite that, Atlante produced one of their better performances but were picked apart by some fine counter attacking football. Marco Fabian gave La Maquina a first minute lead tapping in from close range but Angel Sepulveda volleyed Atlante level before the break. Atlante continued to be a threat but were thwarted by some fine work by Jesus Corona and instead were undone by a quick break finished by Joao Rojas. Mauro Formica added a third before Fabian headed his second of the game. This attacking brand of counter attacking football is allowing the fans to dare to dream.
Queretaro 2 – 0 Veracruz
Finally, Queretaro managed a 2-0 win over Veracruz despite having Isaac Romo and Gil Burón sent off. Ricardo Jesus headed Los Gallos Blancos in front before the two red cards but that did not prevent Yasser Corona leaping highest to nod home a set piece from the right.
STANDINGS – FIRST STAGE CLAUSURA
League table courtesy of FIFA.com
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