KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Jose Torres scored his first goal of the season as Puebla knocked off Toluca while Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa came up short in a thrilling game against Pumas.
Puebla 2-1 Toluca
Daniel Arreola and Jose Torres scored the goals to help Puebla get their Liga MX campaign off the ground as they narrowly beat Toluca at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Torres, who made the move to Puebla over the summer from Tigres UANL, started on the right side of a four-man midfield for the team and played 77 minutes.
The first goal of the game would come early as the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty as Toluca defender Carlos Calvo clotheslined Alejandro Tabo when the ball was being passed back to the goalkeeper. It was close, but replays showed that the Uruguayan forward was just inside the area when the infraction occured.
Arreola stepped and put hs shot just past the hands of Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
The host doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when Tabo teed up Torres to take a blistering shot from outside the area that Talavera was not going to stop.
Toluca reduced the deficit when the referee called another penalty when he judged that Puebla's Erik Pimentel brought down Osvaldo Gonzalez in the area.
This allowed Rubens Sambueza to tuck away the penalty in the 39th minute.
The second half would be a scoreless affair, but Puebla did enough to secure their first points of the Apertura.
Pumas UNAM 5-3 Necaxa
A glut of goals from Pumas was too much to handle for Necaxa as they went down to their opponents at Estadio Olimpico de Universitario.
Alvarado took up his spot in the center of defense for Necaxa in the loss.
The game did start brightly for the visitors when they opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Victor Davila ran onto a cross from teammate Brian Fernandez and buried his shot past Pumas goalkeeper Alfredo Saldivar.
However, the host would respond just 10 minutes later with the equalizer as Alan Mendoza's overhead strike found the back of the net.
The second half would prove to be a crazy one as the goals just flowed in till near the end of the game.
Matias Fernandez restored Necaxa's lead in the 53rd minute when his free kick sailed over the outstretched hand of Saldivar and crossed the goal line. Then Pumas responded in a matter of seconds to level the score again. Alvarado would be involved in the goal as attempted to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, Hugo Gonzalez, but overhit the pass, allowing Carlos Gonzalez to pounce on the loose ball and score.
Martin Rodriguez gave Pumas the lead in the 67th minute when Felipe Mora laid down a pass to allow the winger to curl his shot around Hugo Gonzalez.
Mozo Rodriguez doubled the host's lead nine minutes later when he dribbled the ball past two defenders, nutmegging Alvarado in the process, and cooly tucked the ball away into the goal.
Davila added a third goal for Necaxa two minutes later, but Carlos Gonzalez put the game to bed for Pumas in the 81st minute when his shot from the right side of the area beat Hugo Gonzalez.
It was certainly the wildest game in the second round of the Apertura.
Omar Gonzalez started for Atlas while Joe Corona came off the bench as the capital team came away with a 3-0 win.
Michael Orozco started for Lubos BUAP as they earned their first win of the season with a 2-0 win over Veracruz.
Rubio Rubin started for Tijuana while Eduardo Fernandez watched from the bench for Tigres UANL as the home team pipped Los Xolos for a 1-0 win.
William Yarbrough watched from the bench as Leon suffered a 2-0 loss to Monterrey.
In Ascenso MX, Josue Soto started for Cimarrones de Sonora as they shared the points with Cafetaleros de Tapachula following their 2-2 tie.
Jose Carrera-Garcia watched from the bench as Celaya went down in a narrow 2-1 loss to Mineros de Zacatecas.