WOODY BAUM - Friday, October 29, 2010
The American trio of Jose Francisco Torres, Marco Vidal and Herculez Gomez all saw the field in Pachuca's disappointing loss to Tigres while Sammy Ochoa's goal scoring woes continued as Estudiantes fell to Necaxa.
Pachuca 2 – 3 Tigres
Pachuca's playoff hopes took another blow as they lost their second game in a row, this time at home against Tigres on Tuesday.
After the loss, Pachuca sit in fourth place in their group as the playoffs look like an impossibility.
Marco Vidal and Jose Francisco Torres both started in the midfield.
Pachuca took the lead in the 45th minute when a long pass from Daniel Manso found a streaking Dario Cvitanich who dribbled around the keeper and shot on the open net.
Cvitanich scored again in the 57th minute on a penalty kick after Edy Brambila was taken down in the area.
Jorge Nilo Torres brought Tigres back to within one in the 62nd minute, connecting on a header from a rebounded shot that hit the crossbar.
Herculez Gomez entered the game in the 69th minute.
Tigres tied the game in the 76th minute off a penalty kick from Lucas Lobos, and three minutes later, in the 79th minute, Damian Alvarez gave Tigres the lead after shooting past Miguel Calero from inside the area against his old team.
Pachuca will now visit Atlas on Saturday needing three wins in the final three games of the season to have any chance of winning.
Estudiantes 0 – 2 Necaxa
Estudiantes fell to Necaxa at home on Wednesday in a game that saw Sammy Ochoa get a rare start, playing 63 minutes.
Nexaca scored first in the 22nd minute when Everaldo Barbosa's shot from outside the area beat Estudiantes keeper Christian Martinez.
Despite looking for the tie, Estudiantes' frustration began to show when Marcelo Alatorre received his second yellow card in two minutes in the 77th minute.
Necaxa quickly took advantage, scoring on the ensuing free kick when Ezequiel Orozco received the pass in the area, turned and shot.
Estudiantes was unable to overcome a second goal playing a man down.
They will visit America on Sunday.
San Luis 1 – 2 America
San Luis hosted America Thursday night as San Luis hoped to solidify their position as leaders within their group.
San Luis enjoyed an advantage from early in the first half when Adolfo Rosinei was sent off for a studs up tackle in the 39th minute.
However, the home team was unable to take advantage as America scored first in the 68th when Daniel Montinegro's shot was deflected by a defender and into the net.
Before the goal, Edgar Castillo entered the game in the 67th minute and quickly made his presence felt by delivering an assist in the 78th minute when his center was headed in Victor Lojero.
However, America quickly regained the lead in the 85th minute when Matias Vuoso scored off a center from Pavel Pardo.
San Luis almost tied the game again, but a header was cleared off the line in the 90th minute by Juan Carlos Valenzuela.
Despite the loss, San Luis remain playoff bound and will look to rebound on Sunday against Toluca.