RECAP: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
Edgar Castillo scored his first goal of the season for San Luis while Marco Vidal made his debut with Pachuca as they drew a point on the road against Toluca.
Monterrey 3 – 2 Estudiantes
Sammy Ochoa saw action again on Saturday as Estudiantes lost to Monterrey in Monterrey.
What on paper looked like a blowout turned out to be an exciting game, as Estudiantes managed to score first and take the lead at the half.
In the 36th minute it was Freddy Bareiro who connected on a center from Maura Cejas in the area to give the visitors the lead.
The lead didn't last long into the second half, as Humberto Suazo was able to put in a rebound in the 47th minute.
Monterrey continued to apply pressure and in the 59th minute Walter Ayovi converted a shot from the left side of the area towards the far post to give Monterrey the lead.
Six minutes later, Monterrey would double their lead when a Suazo long ball was received by Sergio Santana in the area who calmly placed it past the keeper.
In the 67th minute, Sammy Ochoa came on, and drew a foul in the 89th which led to Estudiantes' second goal, when a poor clearance on the ensuing play landed at the feet of Jorge Zamogilny whose powerful shot dipped right under the crossbar to pull Estudiantes to within one.
Nevertheless it was Monterrey who walked away with the victory.
Estudiantes will next host Puebla on Friday.
Toluca 1 – 1 Pachuca
Pachuca picked up an important point on the road after they tied Toluca, but they will be disappointed about having let the three points escape them as they were two minutes away from achieving the victory.
It was one of the most exciting matches of the week and both teams played attacking soccer from start to finish, although it was Toluca who appeared to get the better of the exchanges.
Nevertheless, Pachuca was able to score first when Carlos Rodriguez was able to head in a pass from Juan Carlos Rojas.
After scoring, it seemed as if Pachuca would walk away with the victory as they were able to successfully defend against the Toluca attack and held on well to possession.
Marco Vidal made his season debut with Pachuca when he entered in the 79th minute.
Just when the game seemed to be over, Juan Cuevas found a streaking Diego Navaretti in the area. The shot was blocked by Miguel Calero, and Navaretti received the rebound, shot again only to have blocked once more.
However, third time was a charm as the rebound fell again to Navaretti who was able to finally tap it in.
Jose Francisco Torres did not play due to an ankle sprain sustained in practice and Herculez Gomez dressed but did not play.
They will host Santos next Saturday.
Puebla 2 – 1 San Luis
Edgar Castillo made an impact in his second appearance with San Luis as a substitute by scoring a goal.
However, it was not enough to make up for two first half goals by Puebla.
Puebla set the tone by scoring in the first 19 seconds of play when Nicolas Olivera scored on a shot from the left side of the area after receiving the rebound of a shot by Mario Ortiz that hit the post.
San Luis responded aggressively and put the pressure on Puebla throughout the first half, coming close on several occasions.
In the end, despite the superior play of San Luis, Puebla scored a second goal in the 45th minute when Gabriel Pereyra hit a great shot from the left side of the area that Puebla keeper Carlos Trejo managed to get a hand on, but was unable to prevent from going in.
Castillo entered in the 56th minute and quickly made his presence known when in the 65th minute received the ball and sent a powerful shot towards the left post which went in.
After the goal, it was back and forth for the two teams, but San Luis was unable to get the tying goal they were looking for.
San Luis will host Chivas next Saturday.