RECAP: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
Francisco Torres and Pachuca get off to a dream start to the Apertury 2010 as they handily defeat America.
Estudiantes 0 – 3 Cruz Azul
Estudiantes fell to Cruz Azul in the opening game of the Apertura 2010 but American Sammy Ochoa managed to get on the field in what should bode well for his playing time opportunities this season.
Cruz Azul set the tone early with a goal in the second minute when Javier Orozco headed in a cross from Rogelio Chavez. Orozco would double the lead in the 34th minute when he connected on a cross from Christian Gimenez. Estudiantes would later bury themselves in the 45th minute when Estudiantes defender Angel Partida's clearance on a Gimenez cross wound up in his own goal.
Ochoa came on as a substitute in the 56th minute and almost scored in the 81st minute when his shot was deflected by the knees of Cruz Azul defender Jesus Corona.
Estudiantes will visit Monterrey on Saturday.
Pachuca 3 – 0 America
Pachuca recovered from their disappointing showing in the Superliga as they easily defeated league rivals, America, at home on Saturday. The harsh climate affected the game early, as heavy rains made for a sloppy game with both teams struggling to find their rhythm and and to connect passes.
Francisco Torres started in the midfield and helped link up the defense to Daniel Manso who commanded the Pachuca attack. Pachuca scored first in the 14th minute when America defender accidentally committed an own-goal when trying to clear a Pachuca cross. Paraguayan striker Edgar Benitez doubled the lead in the 42nd minute when he converted a penalty after he was fouled in the area.
Benitez scored again in the 55th minute when he shot from inside the area close to the right post. With the game in hand Herculez Gomez entered the game. However, he wasn't able to further increase the lead.
Marco Vidal did not play.
Pachuca will hope to continue the momentum when they visit Toluca on Saturday.
San Luis 1 – 1 Monterrey
San Luis began the season with a tie against league powerhouse Monterrey on Saturday.
San Luis started strongly, dominating the run of play and creating the majority of the chances in the first half. However it was Chilean Humberto Suazo who scored first for Monterrey after heading in a cross from Neri Cardoza in the 63rd minute. However the lead didn't last long after Wilmer Aguirre converted a penalty in the 68th minute after William Paredes was called for a hand ball in the area.
Edgar Castillo entered the game in the 62nd minute but was unable to affect the outcome.
San Luis will visit Puebla next Saturday.
Atlante 1 – 4 Santos
Atlante had an abysmal start to the tournament on Saturday as they lost to Santos in Cancun.
American Sonny Guadarrama got the start with his new team and quickly made his presence known when he was issued a yellow card in the 12th minute for a hard tackle on Pablo Rodriguez. Atlante created several opportunities early in the first half, with several shots on goal, including an attempt by Guadarrama that went high. However, Santos scored first in the 28th minute on a scrappy goal after Christian Benitez took the ball from the Atlante goalkeeper and shot to take the lead.
Shortly after Guadarrama was taken out. Santos then doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Darwin Quintero entered the area, crossed the ball backwards and found Edgar Luduena who shot on the first touch to score from outside the area.
Atlante pulled back within one in the 52nd minute when Santiago Solari received the ball in the area, and beat Oswaldo Sanchez. However, Atlante's opportunity to tie disappeared in the 87th minute when Carlos Morales' shot from outside the area was deflected giving the Atlante keeper no chance. Santos continued the pressure and scored again in the 89th when Christian Benitez entered the area, beat a defender and shot past Moises Munez.
Atlante will try to recover when they visit Cruz Azul next Saturday.