ISAAC HEATH - Monday, November 9, 2009
Edgar Castillo found the back of the net for Tigres who thumped Atlante while Marco Vidal and Indios tasted defeat at home versus Jaguares.
Tigres 4 - 0 Atlante
US national team hopeful Edgar Castillo and Tigres slaughtered visiting Atalante at home in Estadio Universitario Saturday, in a game that saw Atalante coach Jose Guadalupe Cruz and two of his players receive red cards.
Castillo got the start at left midfield for Tigres and continued his quality play by adding the fourth and final goal for his team.
Having already been eliminated from playoff contention, Tigres was able to play pressure free soccer resulting in one of their best performances of the Apertura.
Just two minutes into the game Gaston Fernandez put the home team on the board thanks to an assist from Itamar Batista. The forward drew the defense to himself before laying the ball across for Fernandez who needed only to push the ball into the goal.
Fernandez struck again in the 36th minute via a penalty kick. Castillo beat Navarro on the wing and attempted a cross that ended up being handballed by the defense. Fernandez blasted the ball past a diving Federico Vilar for the 2-0 lead.
Shortly after, both Guillermo Rojas and Jose Guadalupe Cruz were sent off with red cards, making the already uphill climb almost insurmountable.
Luis David Vasquez was sent off early second half leaving Atlante down two men and without their head coach.
A few minutes after the Vasquez expulsion, Jose Antonio Castro put Tigres up 3-0 in the 68th minute when he blasted home a shot from the top of the box after receiving a pass from Lucas Lobos.
Castillo scored the fourth and final goal of the day on an excellent individual effore that saw the diminutive midfielder beat three defenders on the left before ripping a shot past Vilar.
Tigres and Castillo close out the Apertura on the road where they will face Paco Torres and Pachuca.
Indios 0 - 1 Jaguares
Marco Vidal and Indios dropped another home result at Estadio Olímpico Benito Juárez on Saturday to Jaguares pushing the Juarez club to the brink of a winless season.
Vidal started at left midfielder and went the first 70 minutes before yielding his spot to Juan Ramon Curbelo.
The defeat for head coach Jose Trevino's squad edges them closer to relegation as the Indios have an abysmal percetange that makes up Mexico's complicated relegation formula.
As has been the case all season, Indios lacked punch up front and seemed resigned to their fate at the opening whistle. Adding to the fact that Jaguares has been one of the road teams in the Apertura, made for a long night for the home fans.
The game's lone goal came in the first half when Jaguares' Oribe Perlata headed in Oscar Francisco Razo's cross from the left side.
The Aborigenes never came close to equalizing as a handful of shots early in the second half posed no threat.
Indios take to the field next weekend againt Pumas in hopes of avoiding the embarassing situation of going winless on the season.
Toluca 3 - 0 Pachuca
Paco Torres and Pachuca had no answer for Toluca on the road at Estadio Nemesio Diez, as they were run out of the stadium in lopsided fashion.
Torres started and played the full 90 minutes at center midfield for the Tuzos, but was unable to do much against a strong Toluca team.
The Diablos were the better team from the start, but did not crack the scoresheet until the 45th minute when Hector Raul Mancilla received a pass near midfield and went on to beat two Pachuca defenders before putting the ball in the back of the net.
Just eight minutes into the second half Mancilla put Toluca up 2-0 when he tapped home an easy goal after a great set up from Antonio Naelson.
With the game already decided, Raul Nava stole the ball from Pachuca defender Leobardo Lopez and then scored to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
Already eliminated from playoff contention, Torres and Pachuca will look to leave a good taste in the mouths of their supporters when they return to Estadio Hidalgo next week against Edgar Castillo and Tigres.
Michael Orozco did not take part in San Luis' 4-2 victory over visiting Santos.