ISAAC HEATH - Monday, January 18, 2010
Herculez Gomez and Edgar Castillo faced off in the first weekend of the Mexican Bicentenario, and Paco Torres contributed as a second half substitute for Pachuca, while Marco Vidal and Michael Orozco failed to see any game action.
Puebla 0 - 1 Tigres
Just two short weeks after getting thrashed by Puebla in Interliga play, Tigres went into Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla and squeaked out a one goal victory to get the new season started off right.
Edgar Castillo played the full 90 minutes for Tigres, while Herculez Gomez came on in the 52nd and played up top for the home team. Both players had good showings, as Castillo was dangerous attacking from left back while Gomez nearly scored his first goal in a Puebla uniform with a header that glanced off the crossbar.
The game went back and forth and was extremely equal until Alejandro Acosta was sent off in the 65th minute for Puebla.
Tigres wasted no time to take advantage of the situation and scored just one minute later in the 66th minute when Lucas Lobos finished off a cross from Sergio Ponce. Ponce dribbled the ball down the right wing and then sent in a well placed ball that found Lobos, who ripped the ball inside the near post past Jorge Villalpando.
Puebla had several opportunities to tie up the score in the final 25 minutes, but were unable to do so much to the chagrin of the home fans.
Puebla will look to extract some revenge of their own when they take on Estudiantes next week, while Edgar Castillo and Tigres will look to build off their good start to the season with a victory at home over Chivas.
Pachuca 3-Estudiantes 0
Paco Torres and Pachuca momentarily knocked Estudiantes off their high from the Interliga with a commanding victory over the visitors at Estadio Hidalgo on Saturday.
Paco Torres did not get the start, but entered into the game in the midfield for the Tuzos in the 61st minute of the
match and helped preserve the 3 goal lead.
After having the better part of the play during the first half hour Estudiantes shot themselves in the foot in the 32nd minute when Jorge Zamogilny lost the ball in a dangerous area. Damian Manso robbed the ball off of Zamogilny and then fired a shot past Mario Rodriguez.
Just two minutes before his red card, Damian Alvarez dribbled through the Estudiantes defense on the left and then put the ball in the back of the net to give Pachuca a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Despite playing a man down, the home team maintained their lead and then extended it on Damian Manso's second goal of the match in the 60th minute. Manso took a free kick from the top of the box and bent the ball into the left corner of the goal past a helpless Rodriguez to seal the victory.
Torres and Pachuca head to Gallos Blancos next weekend looking to continue their hot start, while Estudiantes hopes to rebound against Herculez Gomez and Puebla.
Michael Orozco did not make the bench for San Luis, as they were obliterated by America 5-1 on Sunday night.
Marco Vidal was absent from the 4-0 loss for Indios against Monterrey.