ANDY SCHREUR - Monday, August 5, 2013
Paul Arriola once again proved to be a difference maker for Xolos as seven American's saw action in a busy weekend of Liga MX action.
Morelia 2 - Tijuana 1
Gregory Garza, Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo all started for Club Tijuana and youngster Paul Arriola came off the bench and added his second assist of the season.
Morelia was able to jump out to a one goal lead early on in the match when Jefferson Montero walked through the Xolo defense and laid the ball off to Hector Mancilla, who tapped it past Cirilo Saucedo.
In the 50th minute, the Chilean striker would add his second goal. This time, however, it was all him. He received the ball on the edge of the box and cut back towards the center of the field and launched a 25 yard strike, bending it past a diving Saucedo for a 2-0 lead.
In the 55th minute, Morelia midfielder Rodrigo Salinas was sent off and Tijuana pounced on the opportunity. Paul Arriola entered the match in the 65th minute and made an immediate impact. He resourcefully beat his defender in the corner and delivered a perfect cross to fellow sub Fidel Martínez who knocked it in at the far post.
In the end, Tijuana could not find the game tying goal and suffered their first loss of the 2013 Apertura. Garza went all 90 minutes Corona played 45 minutes and Arriola replaced Castillo in the 65th.
Tijuana next face El Salvador's Firpo in Champions League action on Tuesday.
Tigres 2 - Pumas 0
Jose Torres returned to the starting lineup as Tigres picked up their first win of the season on Sunday.
Torres went 89 minutes as goals in either half helped secure the three points for UANL. Brazilian striker Danilinho picked up an opportunistic goal for Tigres in the 33rd minute, after Pumas goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios made the initial save, the unmarked Brazilian simply touched the ball in from three yards to give the visitor's the lead.
In the 59th minute, Tigres would seal the three points when Damian Álvarez beat his defender and the keeper and bent a shot from just inside the 18 yard box and into the side netting to send the traveling Tigres fans into a frenzy.
Jose Torres and Tigres next face off with Cruz Azul Hidalgo in the second leg of Copa MX action. Hidalgo holds a 1-0 lead going into Wednesday's rematch.
Chiapas 4 - Puebla 2
Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes and DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench to play the second half as Puebla fell at Chiapas.
Carlos Ochoa opened the scoring for Chiapas in the 49th minute, which begin a wild 20 minute stretch that would see all six goals happen in rapid succession. Ochoa beat the offside trap and then beat Jorge Villalpando for the 1-0 lead. In the 53rd minute, a failed clearance by Puebla defender Diego de Buen resulted in an own goal and a 2-0 lead.
In the 55th minute, Alfredo Moreno scored his first of two goals by heading in a corner kick to bring Puebla back within a goal. Ochoa added his second goal just four minutes later when he headed in a cross after a short corner kick. The ball deflected off the post and into the back of the net.
In the 71st minute, substitute Lucas Viatri converted a penalty when he was dragged down in the box. Puebla would answer again just one minute later. Moreno, flanked by two defenders neatly tucked the ball past Chiapas keeper Alfredo Fausto for his second goal of the match.
Puebla's next match is at Altamira in Copa MX play. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw.
Alonso Hernández was an unused sub as Monterrey and Toluca drew 1-1.
Ventura Alvarado did not make the 18 as Necaxa beat Zapatepec 2-1.
Adrian Ruelas did not make the 18 the as Veracruz beat Cruz Azul 3-2.
Neither Benji Joya or Daniel Cuevas made the 18 as Santos Laguna beat Querétaro 2-0.