KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 6, 2018
Joe Corona and America breezed past Pachuca while Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa bounced back from last weekend's loss to get all three points from Michael Orozco and Lobos BUAP.
Pachuca 1-3 America
America started and finished the game on top as they took all three points in their win over Pachuca at Estadio Hidalgo.
Corona got the start for the capital team, playing 68 minutes, as they stayed in striking distance of the league leaders.
Diego Lainez would open the scoring for the visitors in the 16th minute when he collected a pass from teammate Orible Peralta, made a darting run into the area from the right, and just got enough space away from his marker to put his shot past Pachuca goalkeeper Alfonso Blanco.
America would then put the game away in the second half as Lainez doubled their lead in the 62nd minute as Blanco could not keep out the Mexican forward's shot.
Peralta got on the scoresheet in the 80th minute his strike hit the back of the net following a corner kick.
Franco Jara scored a goal from the penalty spot for Pachuca in the 90th minute, but it was too little, too late for the host.
America sit in fourth place in the standings with six points.
Necaxa 1-0 Lobos BUAP
Dieter Villalpando's stoppage time goal would prove to be the winner a Necaxa stole the win over Lobos BUAP at Estadio Victoria de Aguascalientes.
Both Alvarado and Orozco started for their respective teams and played the entire game.
There were plenty of chances by both sides to break the deadlock, but it appeared that it would end with them shring the points. And Lobos should have taken advantage of the game when Felipe Gallegos was shown a red card in the 39th minute.
However, it seemed as if the visitors fell asleep in stoppage time as Victor Davila lobbed a pass from midfield to an unmarked Villalpando, who then galloped towards the area and put his shot past goalkeeper Jose Rodriguez.
Necaxa now sit in seventh place in the standings with six points.
Jose Torres started for Puebla as they could not follow up on last week's win in their 2-0 loss to Santos Laguna.
Both Rubio Rubin and Willian Yarbrough watched from the bench for their respective teams as Tijuana and Leon played out a 1-1 tie.
Omar Gonzalez watched from the bench as Atlas suffered a 3-0 lashing at the hands of early league leaders Pumas UNAM.
In Ascenso MX, Fernando Arce started for Dorados in the 3-0 lost to Juarez.
Josue Soto started for Cimarrones de Sonora in their 2-1 win over Alebrijes de Oaxaca.
Rodrigo Lopez came off the bench while Jose Carrera-Garcia watched of the action for Celeya in their 1-0 loss to Tampico Madero.