ANDY SCHREUR - Sunday, September 8, 2013
Club Tijuana dominated Veracruz at home and Tigres drew with Chivas in weekend Liga MX action.
Club Tijuana 3 - Veracruz 0
Gregory Garza started and played 90 minutes while Paul Arriola played the last 32 minutes as Tijuana easily saw off Veracruz at the Estadio Caliente late Saturday night. Joe Corona was an unused substitute prior to flying to Columbus to join the US National Team.
Ecuadoran Fidel Martínez was again the star for Club Tijuana with a pair of goals. His first goal was set up by Diego Olsina, who made a defense splitting run and sent a low cross to Martínez, who tapped it into the back of the next.
Just five minutes later, defender Pablo Aguilar headed an Olsina free kick past a diving Edgar Hernández for a 2-0 lead. Martínez would add his second in the 65th minute when he beat the Red Sharks' offside trap and lofted the ball over Hernández, who had come out of goal in an attempt to deny the mohawked Xolo striker. His two goals Saturday night make it four goals in his last four matches. Aguilar was sent back to Tijuana from the Paraguay National Team citing a blood issue, although he played all 90 minutes Saturday night.
Tijuana move into 10th place in the 2013 Apertura and continue their dominance at home. The Xolos will travel to 16th place Chivas next Sunday.
Tigres 3 - Chivas 3
Jose Torres played the first 45 minutes before being replaced, likely as a result of being called into the US National Team.
Saturday's match saw Chivas jump out to what looked like an insurmountable lead but saw Tigres come roaring back late in the second half.
Aldo de Nigris put the visitor's on top in the fifth minute when UANL goalie Enrique Palos was caught far out of position and de Nigris simply rolled the ball into the net from the edge of the 18 yard box. The match went into halftime with Chivas leading 1-0.
Another Palos mistake would cost Tigres another goal. He came out on a counterattack to challenge Miguel Ponce who just got a boot to the ball and knocked it off Palos' head and right to Marco Fabián who again only had an empty net in front of him. A deflected free kick looked to be the third nail in the coffin for Tigres when it found a wide open Carlos Fierro at the back post, who tapped it past Palos.
Just when Tigres looked completely out of the match, they stormed back through an Alan Pulido goal in the 76th minute when he beat the Chivas offside trap and beat Luis Michel. Four minutes later, Juninho would convert a penalty kick by blasting it off the crossbar and into the back of the net with Michel guessing wrong and diving to his left.
The incomprehensible comeback continued in the 84th minute when Manuel Viniegra shot was deflected by what looked like a UANL arm, although no hand ball was given and found the back of the net. This sent the Estadio Universitario into complete pandemonium as Tigres won a share of the points.
Tigres will travel to Cruz Azul next Saturday.
Neither Daniel Cuevas or Benji Joya were in the 18 as Santos Laguna and Atlas drew 2-2.
Lacking DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco, Puebla lost 1-0 at Querétaro.
Alonso Hernández was an unused sub as Monterrey fell to América 1-0.
Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa were idle this weekend.