ISAAC HEATH - Thursday, November 5, 2009
Marco Vidal and Indios had their best offensive outing on the season, but still could not pull down a win while Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca fell at home to Cruz Azul.
Chivas 2 - 2 Indios
With the help from a missed penalty, woeful Indios miraculously salvaged a point against a much better Chivas team Wednesday night in Jalisco.
Marco Vidal played the entire match for the visitors at center-midfield, picking up a yellow card in the 48th minute en route to helping his team grab a surprise point on the road.
Chivas jumped all over Indios from the start, scoring a goal in just the sixth minute of play. A Ramon Morales cross from the left wing was buried in the far corner of the net by Alberto Medina after Javier Hernandez was unable to connect on his effort.
After the goal, Chivas inexplicably lost their edge, and eventually were punished when Hector Gimenez tied the game up at one goal a piece in the 26th minute. Syndey Balderas found Gimenez all alone in front of goal on a cross from the right side that the striker headed past Luis Ernesto Michel.
Just before halftime, the home team took the lead back when Alberto Medina found a wide open Jonny Magallon on the back post, and the Mexican international calmly blasted the ball past Humberto Hernandez.
Hernandez would have the last laugh though because in the 75th minute the Indios goalkeeper came up with a huge save on a Javier Fernandez penalty, keeping the visitors in the game.
In the 93rd minute of play, Tomas Campos shocked the home crowd when he leveled the game at two on an excellent free kick that found the top corner of the goal.
Despite their late game heroics, Vidal and Indios will still be searching for their first win in sixteen tries this year when they take on Jaguares at home this Saturday.
Pachuca 1 - 3 Cruz Azul
Pachuca was embarrassed at home by Cruz Azul Wednesday night, as their loss greatly wounded their chances of participating in the playoffs.
Paco Torres got the start for the Tuzos, but was unable to make a mark on the game, and was sacrificed in the 66th minute in favor of Gabriel Caballero.
Cruz Azul pounded the home team from the start, taking the lead in the fifth minute when Jaime Lozano headed a Alejandro Castro cross past Miguel Calero.
The visitors would strike again just nine minutes later, when Lozano found Javier Orozco on a through ball, and the forward slotted the ball past Calero.
Not much changed in the game after the halftime whistle, as Cruz Azul scored yet again in the 54th minute. Calero blocked a Melvin Brown shot, but Emanuel Villa was there to rifle the rebound into the left corner of the net, essentially ending the game.
Marco Ivan Perez headed home a corner sent in by Christian Gimenez in the 79th minute, but the goal was not enough to save face nor bring Pachuca back into the game.
It doesn't get any easier for Torres and Pachuca, as they head on the road to face a tough Toluca team this Sunday.
Estudiantes 1 - 1 San Luis
San Luis is hanging on to its playoff hopes after sharing the points on the road at Estudiantes, effectively eliminating the home team from playoff contention.
Michael Orozco once again went the full ninety minutes for San Luis at center-back, helping preserve the tie for his team.
The game lacked offensive creativity from the start, but Estudiantes would eventually find a way to get on the board in the 31st minute via a corner kick. Diego Jimenez needed only to push the ball into the goal after the cross from Rodrigo Ruiz fortuitously landed at his feet.
In the 60th minute, Jose Rodolfo Reyes brought the score level when he took advantage of a Alfredo Moreno deflected shot and finished it past Mario Rodriguez.
Nine minutes later, San Luis defender Noe Maya received his second yellow of the game, leaving the visitors a man down to defend the tie the rest of the game.
Orozco and San Luis will look to chase down a playoff spot when they take on Santos at home on Saturday.
Edgar Castillo was suspended and therefore did not see any action in Tigres 1-0 loss at Gallos Blancos.