EDGAR ZUNIGA - Monday, July 25, 2011
Joe Corona scored the first ever goal for Club Tijuana in the Primera Division while DaMarcus Beasley made his debut for Puebla in a full weekend of Mexican action.
Estudiantes Tecos 1 - 2 Toluca
Despite playing the full 90 minutes, Herculez Gomez wasn't much of a factor in his team's loss to visiting Toluca. The visiting Diablos benefited from early goals by Ivan Alonso and Nestor Calderon.
Alonso put his team up 1-0 in the 6th minute after venturing unmarked into the area and redirecting a centering pass from Antonio Naelson.
A golazo by Calderon made it 2-0 in the 10th minute, attacking from the left side and blasting a shot past home 'keeper Christian Martinez.
Tecos made things interesting in the 60th when Eduardo Lillingston scored a terrific goal off a corner from Rodrigo Ruiz.
Despite this, Tecos was unable to overcome the deficit and had to settle for a tough loss at home to begin the season.
Pachuca 1 - 4 Santos Laguna
The revamped Pachuca squad was utterly smashed at home by Santos, signaling another long season ahead for the Tuzos.
Although Jose Francisco Torres got the start, he didn't figure at all in his team's dismal performance. He was eventually subbed out in the 71st minute and replaced by Edy German Brambila.
Oribe Peralta, who notched a hat trick, began the holy assault in the 11th minute, heading in an accurate pass from Christian Suarez.
Jose Maria Cardenas caught the Pachuca defense flat-footed in the 37th and sent a pass to a streaking Peralta, who knocked the ball past Pachuca 'keeper Rodolfo Cota.
Jorge Ivan Estrada's goal just before half time ensured a rout was on, notching onto a bad defensive clearance and beating Cota to make it 3-0.
Pachuca kept pouring it on in the 72nd as Peralta scored again on a counter-attack that left Cota by himself.
Too little, too late, Leobardo Lopez scored Pachuca's lone goal on a penalty in the 80th minute.
Club Tijuana 1 - 2 Morelia
American Joe Corona scored in Club Tijuana's Primera Division debut, but visiting Morelia spoiled the party with a win, despite a gutsy effort by the "Aztec Dogs."
With their defense looking a bit nervous to begin the game, Club Tijuana allowed Luis Alonso Sandoval to take control of the ball in the area and unleash a left-footed blast that beat 'keeper Cirilo Saucedo for the 1-0 lead.
Nevertheless, Club Tijuana fought back and gave Morelia some scares. Finally, in the 44th minute, Joe Corona scored his team's first ever Primera Division goal, slotting home a rebound off a blast from teammate Leandro Agusto to draw things even.
Unfortunately, the Club Tijuana defense ended the game as shaky as they began, and a gave up a PK in the 84th minute, which was scored by Miguel Sabah.
Despite the loss, fans applauded their team's performance and look forward to a good season and more goals from Corona.
Atlas 0 - 1 Puebla
DaMarcus Beasley made his debut in the Primera Division, earning positive reviews, as his team gutted out a 1-0 victory on the road over Atlas, despite being a man down for more than 20 minutes.
Atlas played a largely sloppy game early on but Puebla was unable to capitalize. Beasley had one of his team's best chances in the 23rd minute when he received a pass from Luis Garcia from the right side but his shot went just wide of the net.
Garcia also came close right before halftime, but his shot just missed the side of the net, as well.
Finally, Puebla was finally able to cash in on Atlas's mistakes in the 54th, when the referee called a penalty after Gabriel Pereyra took a pass in the center of the area and was brought down by Nestor Vidrio.
Garcia cashed in from the spot to give his team the goal they needed to win.
Beasley was eventually subbed out in the 88th for Obed Isai Rincon.
Pumas 2 - 0 San Luis
Reigning Primera Division Champions Pumas was too much for San Luis to handle, winning comfortably 2-0 at home.
Michael Orozco started the game for San Luis, but the American defender and his mates on the backline were left spinning in circles by the strong Pumas attack.
If it wasn't for three amazing saves by San Luis 'keeper Oscar "Conejo" Perez, Pumas would have obliterated San Luis.
Pumas jumped on top in the 9th minute when Paco Palencia streaked down the right side and sent a centering pass that found Juan Carlos Cacho, who didn't waste any time in scoring.
Orozco would be directly involved in Pumas' second goal when he was beaten to the ball by Martin Bravo, who turned to the net and blasted a shot past "Conejo" Perez, to put Pumas up 2-0 in the 36th minute.
Although Orozco would finish the game, he was given a yellow card in the 39th minute
Club America 2 - 1 Queretaro
Edgar Castillo saw some action for Club America when he entered into the match in the 65th minute, with his team already up 2-0.
America got on the board first, courtesy of an own-goal by Efrain Cortes in the 28th, when America's Christian Benitez fired a shot that Cortes redirected into the net.
Benitez would finally get his own in the 43rd, on a golazo. Benitez fooled the defense on a nifty pass to himself as he entered the area, then murdered Queretaro 'keeper Liborio Sanchez with a bullet that made it 2-0.
With time running out, Franco Niell knocked in a rebound after America 'keeper Armando Navarrete had made a great save.
Jonathan Bornstein didn't even make the bench for Tigres in their 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul.
Adrian Ruelas didn't figure in Jaguares' horrific 4-1 loss to visiting Monterrey.