ANDY SCHREUR - Monday, September 2, 2013
Tigres settled for a draw, Club Tijuana fell to Chiapas and Puebla gets a shutout win at home this weekend in Liga MX action.
Tigres 1 - 1 Veracruz
Jose Torres played 83 minutes as Tigres again surrendered a late lead and were forced to share the points at Veracruz on Saturday.
UANL took the lead in the 40th minute when Veracruz defender Leiton Jiménez accidentally blocked a shot, which took a major deflection and into the back of the net, much to the surprise and dismay of the home fans. The ball struck Jiménez in the shoulder and directed it past a diving Edgar Hernández. He was soon replaced by Hugo Cid in the 45th minute.
Torres picked up a yellow card in the 62nd minute and was perhaps taken off in the 83rd to avoid a potential sending off.
In similar fashion to last week's draw at home against Chiapas, Tigres would again give up a late goal and disappointingly forced to settle for a share of the points.
The tying goal came as the Red Sharks were furiously sending the ball into the Tigres' area and a wide ball was sent into Jehu Chiapas, who crossed it to Cristian Martínez Borja, who was wide open and converted the tying goal, sending the Estadio Luis de la Fuente into pandemonium.
Tigres are in 12th place and have just eight points in seven matches. They host Chivas next Saturday. Adrian Ruelas did not make the 18 for Veracruz.
Chiapas 3 - 0 Club Tijuana
Paul Arriola and Edgar Castillo started on Saturday night for the Xolos and Gregory Garza and Joe Corona made the bench.
The match began on several odd notes-first, Xolo captain Javier Gandolfini was shown a straight red card in the third minute for a dangerous tackle, which denied a counterattack by the Jaguars.
Then, the match was suspended due to a thunderstorm which drenched the field and the match was played in steady rain. By the end of the match, much of the midfield resembled a mud pit.
Arriola was subbed off during the lightning delay for tactical reasons and defender Jose González entered the match. Despite being a man down, Tijuana would score in the 27th minute through a Javier Güemez low rocket from 25 yards, which skipped off the wet field and past Oscar Jiménez.
Chiapas striker Lucas Viatri would even the match in the 43rd minute when he headed a corner kick past Cirilio Saucedo. Garza came off the bench in the 62nd minute to shore up the tired Xolo defense.
Chiapas controlled much of the possession in the match by using the man advantage and finally took control of the match in the 71st minute. Substitute Mauricio Romero beat the Tijuana offside trap and neatly put the ball past Saucedo while the entire Tijuana team pleaded for the offside call.
Finally, Martin Zúñiga added the third goal on a beautiful glancing header from about ten yards to seal the victory for Chiapas.
Club Tijuana return home to face Veracruz on Friday.
Puebla 1 - 0 Atlante
DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both went 90 minutes in Puebla's shutout win over last place Atlante on Sunday afternoon.
La Franja got their second win of the season thanks to a beautiful volley by Argentine forward Matías Alustiza, his fourth of the season in eight appearances. Atlante goalkeeper Eder Patiño managed to get his fingertips to the ball but it glanced off the crossbar and into the back of the net.
Atlante are still without a win and have only managed one draw in five matches played. With the win, Puebla move into 10th place.Sunday afternoon's win marked the second win in four matches for new manager Rubén Omar Romano.
La Franja will visit Querétaro on Friday to take on the eighth place Gallos Blancos.
Neither Benji Joya or Daniel Cuevas made the 18 as Santos Laguna lost to León 2-0.
Alonso Hernandez was an unused sub as Monterrey drew with Atlas 0-0.
Ventura Alvarado did not make the 18 for Necaxa as they drew 1-1 with Mérida.