EDGAR ZUNIGA - Monday, October 15, 2012
Greg Garza made the most of a golden opportunity scoring his first professional goal in Mexico and José Francisco Torres and Pachuca continue to disappoint.
Santos Laguna 2 - 2 Club Tijuana
With teammates Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona on national team duty, Greg Garza finally got an opportunity to start for Club Tijuana and made the most of it, scoring a goal in a terrific draw on the road against Santos Laguna.
Garza was a prime player in a sensational match between two teams with championship aspirations, who fought hard throughout despite missing key players due to World Cup qualifiers.
Starting in place of Edgar Castillo, at left back, Garza played all 90 minutes and helped his team get on the board in the 28th minute, after having given up an early goal to Santos.
Daniel Ludueña put Santos ahead in the 8th minute when he blasted a cross from the edge of the box that beat Tijuana goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo to the far post.
Garza tied things up 20 minutes later, knocking in a rebound after Santos 'keeper Oswaldo Sanchez deflected a shot by Duvier Riascos. The ball bounced to Garza, who calmly slotted home the shot.
Riascos put Tijuana ahead momentarily in the 68th minute after he streaked into the box to head the ball past Sanchez.
However, Ludueña struck again in the 73rd minute , scoring an incredible, twisting goal off a free kick from about 30 yards out.
With the draw, Tijuana reached 28 points and are now 2 points ahead of second-place Toluca, who didn't play.
Pumas 1 - 0 Pachuca
As expected, José Francisco Torres was back in the lineup for Pachuca, but it didn't really matter as the toothless Pachuca offense was unable to overcome a lone goal by Pumas that made all the difference in a rather one-sided affair.
Unable to generate virtually nothing up top, Pachuca was forced to play most of the match in their defensive half, doing everything they could to prevent Pumas from scoring.
Torres, like his teammates, was ineffective and went another match without scoring a goal.
Pumas finally broke through the scrambling Pachuca defense in the 84th minute, when Torres whiffed on a clearance in the box and the ball bounced to David Izazola, who turned and shot past Rodolfo Cota.
With the victory, Pumas crept in the fifth place, right behind Cruz Azul. Meanwhile, Pachuca, who have only scored 9 goals in 13 matches, find themselves mired on the edge of a precipice near the bottom of the table.
Michael Orozco didn't come on until the 87th minute of San Luis's 2-2 draw with Atlante.
DaMarcus Beasley and his Puebla mates had their match against America postponed until Thursday.