KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 29, 2018
Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa bounced back from last week's loss to give a hammering to William Yarbrough and Leon in Liga MX action over the weekend.
Leon 0-4 Necaxa
Necaxa got their Clausura campaign off the ground with a convincing win over Leon at Estadio Leon.
Both Yarbrough and Alvarado started for their respective teams although one would walk away happy with the performance on the field.
Leon came out attacking early and could have take the lead nearly two minutes into the contest, but Luis Montes' shot was too high and sailed over the bar.
Yarbrough was called into action five minutes later when he made an excellent on a strike from a Necaxa player in the area. He continued with the big saves at the half-hour mark when parried away a long-range effort.
However, the Mexican-born goalkeeper will rue that he did not save Matias Fernandez's free kick in the 42nd minute as the ball was clearly in his path despite some pressure from another Necaxa player in the area.
Once the visitors scored their first goal, they smelled blood in the water and made their host pay in the second half as they scored three unanswered goals. Carlos Gonzalez scored the first of his two goals just seconds into the second interval when he headed in a cross.
Gonzalez followed that up in the 54th minute when he put away the rebound that was bobbled by Yarbrough.
Dieter Villalpando rounded out the scoring for Necaxa in the 88th minute when his long-range shot beat Yarbrough and the underside of the crossbar before going into the goal.
The win puts Necaxa in 12th place in the standings with four points while Leon drop to seventh with seven points, however they are only point off the top spot.
Jorge Villafana started for Santos Laguna as they shared the points with Veracruz following a 1-1 tie.
Alejandro Guido came off the bench for Tijuana in their 2-0 win over Puebla.
Joe Corona came off the bench for America in their 1-0 win over Atlas.
Bernabe Magana watched from the bench as Pumas continue to sit atop the standings after a 1-1 tie with Lobos Buap.
Lalo Fernandez watched from the bench as Tigres came away with a 3-2 win over Pachuca.
In Ascenso MX, Josue Soto came off the bench while Rodrigo Lopez and Diego de la Tejera watched all the action as Cimarrones de Sonora came away with a narrow 1-0 win over Celaya.