Sunday, February 13, 2011
Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres are riding high after a big win over Cruz Azul while Pachuca's American duo of Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez rebounded with a win over Edgar Castillo's Puebla.
Tigres 2 - 0 Cruz Azul
Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres continued their excellent start to the 2011 Mexican Clausura by capturing a big win over visiting Cruz Azul on Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Bornstein started in the Tigres midfield and played just the first half before yielding his place to David Toledo.
The scoring took place in the second half after Bornstein's departure with the first goal coming in the 68th minute.
Danilinho made an impressive run down the left side beating several defenders before crossing for Hector Mancilla who had an easy tap-in for the goal.
The playmaker then got a goal of his own when he scored in the 92nd after receiving an excellent pass from Lucas Lobos while Cruz Azul had been pushing for the equalizer.
Next up for Tigres is the battle of Monterrey as the Felinos travel crosstown to take on the Apertura champions.
Pachuca 1 - 0 Puebla
Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez rebounded from last week's defeat with a home shutout win over Edgar Castillo and Puebla at Estadio Hidalgo on Saturday.
Both Torres and Gomez started for the Tuzos and went the full 90 minutes in what was Pachuca's first win since week one.
Torres also picked up a yellow card in the 46th minute.
Castillo watched his compatriots from the bench as he did not play for Puebla.
The game's lone goal came in the 69th minute when Braulio Luna sent in a hopeful cross and defender Paul Nicolas Aguilar managed to outmuscle the Puebla defense and sent a strike that found the back of the net.
Puebla will next host Jaguares while Pachuca will visit Chivas.
Gallos Blancos 0 - 5 Toluca
Isaac Acuna made an appearance for Gallos Blancos but it will likely be one he will want to forget as Gallos Blancos got their skulls thumped at home versus Toluca.
Acuna came on a substitute in the 56th minute for Jaire Castillo but by then the deficit was at three goals for the hosts.
Toluca's Antonio Naelson opened the scoring in the 28th minute but that would be all the guests would tally until five minutes after the break when the dam broke on the Gallos Blancos defense.
Osvaldo Gonzalez scored to double the margin and then just two minutes later an own goal from Efrain Castillo made it a three goal advantage.
Then in the 64th Naelson set up Jaime Ayovi with a goal and finally the slaughtering ended with a fifth goal in the 89th minute courtesy of Nestor Calderon.
Acuna and Gallos Blancos will try to pick up the pieces next week when they visit Santos.
Sammy Ochoa and Daniel Antunez did not see action in Estudiantes' 4-1 loss at Morelia.