ISAAC HEATH - Monday, November 2, 2009
Michael Orozco and San Luis disappointed against Monterrey while Edgar Castillo and Tigres pulled out a miracle point versus Estudiantes.
San Luis 0 - 3 Monterrey
Three second half goals by visiting Monterrey did in Michael Orozco and San Luis on Saturday at Estadio Alfonso Lastras Ramírez.
Orozco started on the San Luis back line and went the full 90 minutes in the defeat.
Aldo de Nigris opened the scoring for the visitors with a header in the 49th minute. De Nigris was left unmarked in front of the Gladiadores' net and Walter Ayovi easily found him with a cross from the left side.
Humberto Suazo doubled the margin in the 52nd minute when Osvaldo David Martínez fed him a ball just inside the penalty area and Suazo sent a worm-burner just inside the right post and into the back of the net.
Suazo added a second in the 92nd minute when he squeezed through two San Luis defenders and poked the ball past San Luis goalkeeper Adrian Martinez.
The defeat leaves Orozco and company in second place in Group One with 17 points. San Luis will look to regroup in midweek action against Estudiantes on Wednesday.
Tigres 2 - 2 Estudiantes
Edgar Castillo and Tigres salvaged a point at home against Estudiantes on Saturday night at Estadio Universitario.
Castillo started at left back and went the distance for the hosts. Castillo also picked up a yellow card during the tense encounter.
Estudiantes pounced on Tigres from the start with two first half goals that had the home fans grumbling as they made their way to concession stands at halftime.
Elgabry Rangel took Daniel Alcantar cross and headed it home in the fourth minute to open the scoring. Rangel impressively skyed over the flatfooted Tigres defense to smack the header home.
Carlos Morales added the second for the visitors in the 26th minute when he gathered in a long ball and outraced the hosts' defense before sending a shot past Tigres goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.
Castillo and company woke up in the second half when Jesús Antonio Molina scored off a pass from Alfredo González Tahuilán. Molina gathered in the pass and sent a curling shot towards the right post that found the back of the net in the 60th minute.
Late dramatics were on the docket this evening as Francisco Fonseca equalized in the 93rd minute for the hosts.
Lucas Lobos' hopeful long ball into the area found Fonseca who was left unguarded in front of the Estudiantes net and the 76th minute substitute headed in the shot to help Tigres earn a last minute point.
Tigres are now at 18 points in Group Three and still have an outside shot at making the Apertura playoffs. A visit to Gallos Blancos on Wednesday is next up for Castillo and his teammates.
Atlas 1- 1 Pachuca
In a game that Atlas desperately needed to win to jumpstart their 2009 Apertura, visiting Pachuca held them to a frustrating tie in Jalisco.
Paco Torres went the full 90 minutes for the Tuzos at center midfield, as the young American continues to improve his chances of securing a spot on Bob Bradley's World Cup team next summer.
Despite both teams needing a positive result, the first half proved to be uneventful, with only a handful of noteworthy opportunities for either team.
Atlas came out with purpose in the second half and dominated Pachuca from the start, justly getting on the scoreboard in the 49th minute. Edgar Ivan Pacheco sent in a high cross to the back post from the right wing that found Jorge Torres who headed the ball past the diving Miguel Calero.
The momentum would not last for the home team, as Pachuca responded with a goal of its own in the 62nd minute. Christian Gimenez hit a cross from a dead ball to the back post over the Atlas defense, and Juan Carlos Cacho was there for the first time volley back across the face of the goal and into Damian Barbosa's net.
One minute later Dario Botinelli was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the match on a careless challenge on Paco Torres, and for the rest of the game neither team could find the goal.
Atlas visits Puebla in midweek action, while Paco Torres and Pachuca hope to grab all three points at home against legendary Cruz Azul.
Marco Vidal did not see the field for Indios, as their embarrassing season continued with a 2-0 loss to Puebla at Estadio Benito Juarez.