WOODY BAUM - Sunday, April 4, 2010
Herculez Gomez scores again as Puebla tie Morelia while Francisco Torres and Pachuca move one step closer towards the Liguilla.
Indios 1 – 2 Pachuca
Pachuca moved one step closer towards a Liguilla berth, winning on the road against Indios on Saturday in Ciudad Juarez. The win proved especially important as group rival Morelia was once again unable to win.
Francisco Torres had the chance to play against fellow American Marco Vidal as both started and played the entire 90 minutes, and coincidentally both picked up yellows.
Pachuca struck first when in the 19th minute, Daniel Manso's shot was blocked by Indios goalkeeper, Cesar Lozano. However, the shot somehow slid through Lozano's legs and snuck past the line. Lozano crawled back to recover the ball, but arrived too late as he reached the ball only after it crossed the goal line.
Juan Ramon Curbelo was able to equalize for Indios in the 60th. Curbelo received the ball in the area and attempted to shoot but missed the ball entirely. Pachuca keeper Miguel Calero reacted to the initial missed shot, and Curbelo was able to reconnect with the ball and put it into the back of the netting to tie the score.
However, Daniel Manso was able to give Pachuca the lead in the 81st minute after receiving a cross from Damien Alvarez. Manso connected with the cross and shoot past Lozano.
Pachuca secured three very important points as they continue to turn around their season, having earned seven points in their last three games. Pachuca will take on Atlas next week, while Indios will visit Puebla.
Morelia 1 – 1 Puebla
Puebla tied Morelia this Saturday in the Estadio Morelos as American Herculez Gomez continued his scoring streak with his eighth goal of the season.
Puebla played at a disadvantage from the start when in the 8th minute, Marco Capetillo of Puebla was sent off for a hard foul on Miguel Sabah. With a one-man advantage, Morelia appeared to take control of the game. Three minutes later, in the 11th minute, Miguel Sabah was able to pounce on a loose ball in the area and put it past Alexandro Alvarez.
Morelia, up a man, were able to dominate the first half and threaten frequently, although Carlos Ruiz did create several opportunities.
In the 46th minute, Herculez Gomez entered for Marcelo Palau and scored almost immediately. In the 51st minute, he received a long pass from Nicolas Olivera on the left side and put it past Moises Muñoz to the tie up the score.
The goal made Herculez the second highest scorer in the Mexican league, only behind Javier "El Chicharo" Hernandez.
Gomez almost scored again in the 92nd but his free kick went just high.
The tie represents an important point for a Puebla squad playing both a man down and away from home. For Morelia, they are one step away from the Liguilla as their place in the group is not secure with Pachuca now having won two in a row.
Puebla will next take on Indios on Sunday.
Sammy Ochoa did not play in Estudiantes' loss to Toluca.
Edgar Castillo was out injured with a sprained knee as Tigres beat San Luis.