ANDY SCHREUR - Sunday, September 15, 2013
Tigres beat Cruz Azul, Puebla drew with Toluca controversially and Club Tijuana and Chivas also played to a draw.
Tigres 1 - 0 Cruz Azul
Jose Torres started and went 90 minutes as 10 man Tigres picked up a big road win at Cruz Azul on Saturday night.
The only goal of the match game in the 44th minute when Juninho was left alone at the back post and one timed a Diego Álvarez cross into the back of the net.
UANL defender Carlos Salcido picked up a yellow card in the 32nd minute for a hard foul and was sent off on a second yellow in the 53rd minute. Tigres, despite being down to 10 men battled for the remander of the second half and were able to hold off the hard charging home team.
Cruz Azul thought they had tied the match in the second half when a late foul was called on Mauro Nápoles after he knocked Tigres goalkeeper Enrique Palos to the ground in a battle for the ball. Joao Rojas put the ball in the net a fracture after the whistle and The Machine were again denied.
Tigres move in 10th place with the win and host Santos Laguna Wednesday in Copa MX play. They host Puebla next Saturday in Liga MX action.
Puebla 1 - 1 Toluca
DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both started as Puebla again gave up a late goal, albeit controversially and shared the points with Toluca. Orozco went the full 90 while Beasley exited in the 64th minute.
Diego de Buen gave La Franja the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half. In the 55th minute, Puebla appeared to have drawn a penalty when Oscar Rojas knocked down Edgar Benítez in the box but after some conferring, the referees decided there was no penalty despite definite contact.
The match would end in controversy as well. In the 87th minute, Toluca brought the ball quickly up the left wing when both a Toluca player attempted to center the ball and the Puebla defender slid to block it before it went out for a goal kick. However, when Rojas slid to deflect the shot, he held is arms up and the ball knocked off his hand and out of play. Without hesitation, the referee pointed to the spot.
Amid the protests and arguing, Toluca's goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera jogged up the field and decided to take the penalty. Talavera confidently strode up to the ball and buried into the back of the net sending Toluca's traveling fans into a rain soaked frenzy.
Puebla host Monterrey in Copa MX play and visit Tigres next week.
Tijuana 2 - 2 Chivas
Only one American started as Club Tijuana and Chivas played to a 2-2 draw in Guadalajara late Sunday afternoon. Edgar Castillo was subbed off for Gregory Garza in the 79th minute while Paul Arriola entered for Dario Benedetto in the 81st.
Chivas started off the match well and earned a corner in the 14th minute. On the insuing corner kick, Hector Reynoso rose in traffic and headed the ball past a diving Cirilo Saucedo, who got a glove to the ball but deflected it into the side netting.
The Xolos would come storming back later in the first half. Aldo Polo beat the offiside trap and chipped Chivas keeper Luis Michel with beautiful touch to tie the match 1-1.
Tijuana's Fidel Martínez continued his hot streak and scored his six league goal in total and fifth goal in his last five matches to put the Xolos on top. However, Marco Fabián beat Saucedo on a swerving free kick from 30 yards and the two each left with a point.
Club Tijuana breaks their three match road losing streak and returns home to host Cruz Azul on Friday.
Neither Daniel Cuevas nor Benji Joya made the 18 for Santos Laguna in their 2-1 win over América.
Adrián Ruelas did not make the 18 as Veracruz lost to León 1-0.
Alonzo Hernandez did not make the 18 as Monterrey beat Pachuca 1-0.
Ventura Alvarado was an unused sub as Necaxa fell to Celaya on Saturday