CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Jose Torres and Pachuca continued their march to the top, while Michael Orozco's San Luis continued their goalless losing streak.
Pachuca - Estudiantes Tecos
Jose Torres started, played 90 minutes, and collected a yellow card in Pachuca's victory over Tecos.
Pachuca's account was opened up in the 29th minute by Daniel Arguello, who scored on a free kick from just outside the box on the right side of the D. The ball was rolled back to him by Mauro Cejas, and Arguello struck it low and hard to the far post, encountering no resistance on the way in.
Cejas would add a goal himself as he doubled the lead in the 42nd minute, taking a lovely pass from Hector Rubio and converting it. Cejas slipped in behind the defense on a run from the left flank while Rubio controlled the ball at the top of the box. Rubio picked him out and played a through ball, splitting the defense and leaving Cejas unopposed as he roofed the ball over goalkeeper Christian Martinez's head.
Torres would collect a yellow card in the 61st minute for a hard foul on Braulio Luna.
The win moved Pachuca into a tie for second place in the Primera Division standings, one point behind new league leaders Tigres who took over at number 1 after a surprising Santos Laguna loss. Pachuca is now one of only two remaining undefeated teams, along with Cruz Azul.
Pachuca will next play at Club America on February 19.
Puebla 2-0 Pumas
DaMarcus Beasley was a second half substitute, entering the game in the 65th minute for Puebla and recording an assist.
Puebla continued their hot streak by taking an early lead in the 5th minute off of a Luis Cortes goal. Cortes got behind a disorganized Pumas defense to latch onto a long through ball from the midfield. Cortes took one quick touch to his right to beat goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios, and then placed the ball into the empty net.
Luis Garcia doubled the lead for Puebla in the 68th minute off of a Beasley cross from the left side of the box. Beasley controlled the ball on the run and played a cross in towards Cortes, who left it for Garcia running up behind him. Cortes controlled the ball with a touch back into the middle to open up space, and took a well placed shot that curled into the upper left side of the goal, out of Palacios's reach.
The victory is Puebla's third straight positive result, and second win in the past three games. They now sit in 11th place, but are only three points out of 4th in the typically crowded Mexican standings. They will next host Morelia on February 19.
Tigres 2-0 San Luis
Michael Orozco played 90 minutes for San Luis as their losing streak extended to four.
Tigres opened the scoring the 34th minute with an Israel Nanez goal. Nanez took control of a loose ball across the middle near the top of the box, and used a quick burst of speed to get by defender Anibal Metallan, and then shot high past goalkeeper Oscar Perez, finding the back of the net. Perez was visibly angered by the poor defense, but it would not inspire them to play much better.
Lucas Lobos would extend Tigres' lead in the 56th minute as San Luis engaged in a comedy of errors trying to get the ball out of their defensive third. After several missed kicks, a weak clearance, and some stumbling around by the San Luis defense, Lobos leaped on a bouncing ball in the box near the penalty spot and sent a half volley into the goal.
The win moved Tigres into first place, and dropped San Luis back to 14th place, and they have now given up 10 goals in their past four games, while scoring only one.
San Luis will next play at last place Chivas on February 18, where they can hopefully right the ship against the suffering powerhouse from Guadalajara.
Tijuana 0-0 Cruz Azul
Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes, Joe Corona started and went 59 minutes, and Greg Garza made the bench for Tijuana in their scoreless affair with Cruz Azul.
The game was a fairly drab affair, featuring only seven combined shots on goal. The tie keeps Tijuana within shouting distance of the top, four points of first place but with momentum against them as they are winless in their past three.
They will next play at Queretaro on February 18.
Herculez Gomez was on the bench for Santos Laguna in their surprise 3-1 loss to Morelia.
Jonathan Bornstein was on the bench for Tigres as they defeated San Luis 2-0.
Victor Garza did not much the bench for Tigres.
Marco Vidal did not dress for Club Leon in their 0-0 tie with Universidad Guadalajara.