WOODY BAUM - Sunday, April 18, 2010
Herculez Gomez scored two goals and is now tied for first in the league with goals scored while Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca managed a draw against Toluca all but eliminating them from playoff contention.
Jaguares 1 – 0 Indios
Indios was not able to win for the third consecutive week as they lost in Chiapas in a bizarre game that included heavy rains and hail.
American Marco Vidal started and played the entire 90 minutes.
Indios played well during the first half, during which the game was slowed by the climate. Despite Jaguares' best attempts, they were unable to take advantage until Indios' forward, Jair Garcia, was ejected in the 60th minute.
Almost immediately afterward, in the 65th minute, Antonio Salazar scored to put the home squad up by one.
Indios almost scored in the injury time when second half substitute Alain Nkong received the ball in the area with only the keeper to beat.
However, Nkong shot over the crossbar and missed a perfect opportunity as Indios has often done this season.
Pachuca 1 – 1 Toluca
Pachuca tied Toluca at home this Saturday in a game that now puts Pachuca's playoff hopes out of their hands.
Pachuca will now need to win next week against Tigres and hope that various other teams lose in order to classify for the liguilla.
The result was impressive considering Pachuca forward Dario Cvitanich was sent off with a straight red card in the eighth minute after unnecessarily fouling Edgar Dueñas in front of the referee.
Despite playing a man down, Pachuca did a good job of controlling the ball in the heavy rains and struck first when Leobardo Lopez shot from outside the area in the 26th minute.
Toluca quickly struck back in the 38th minute when Manuel Perez scored off a free kick.
Jose Francisco Torres came on in the second half and almost scored the winning goal in the 89th minute with a powerful left shot that forced a great save from Toluca keeper, Alfredo Talavera.
Both teams created plenty of chances and Pachuca demonstrated great heart in the tie.
Pachuca will now need to win on the road next week and pray for some help as there are several teams ahead of them in the playoff standings.
Puebla 4 -1 Cruz Azul
Puebla responded to last week's loss with an impressive win this Sunday against Cruz Azul.
Herculéz Gomez achieved two of his goals this week: Gain the starting spot and continue to score goals.
Gomez started and immediately scored in the third minute when he received a pass on the right side of the area and was able to put it past Cruz Azul goalkeeper, Jesus Corona.
Puebla kept up the pressure and scored again in the 35th minute when Felipe Ayala took a corner kick. The kick went over Corona and managed to curl into the net untouched.
Almost immediately afterward in the 37th , Gomez scored again when he headed in a corner. Puebla added a fourth goal before halftime when Joaquin Velazquez headed in a corner from Felipe Ayala.
Cruz Azul was able to score in the 64th minute when Edcarlos Conceicao headed in a pass from Javier Orozco.
Shortly thereafter, Gomez was sent off following his second yellow card for apparently taking a dive in front of the referee.
The second yellow card means that Gomez will be suspended for the final game of the season, barring an appeal.
With the two goals, however, Gomez is currently tied for first place with Javier "el Chicharito" Hernandez and Johan Fano for the league lead in goals scored.
Sammy Ochoa did not playin Estudiantes' loss to Queretaro.
Isaac Acuña did not play in America's loss to Monterrey.
Edgar Castillo did not play in Tigres' win over Atlante on Saturday as he is still injured.