RECAP: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
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WOODY BAUM - Monday, January 25, 2010
Herculez Gomez and Puebla avenged their Interliga loss to Estudiantes while Paco Torres and Pachuca suffered a difficult defeat at the hands of Gallos Blancos.

Estudiantes 2- 3 Puebla

Puebla achieved its first win of the season as it exacted revenge on Interliga rival Puebla this Friday in an exciting come from behind victory for the visiting outfit.

Herculez Gomez had an excellent game and entered in the 51st minute. After having a header saved in the 54th minute, Gomez drew a penalty after Jose Ramon Partida collided with him in the area in the 74th minute. Sergio Rosas converted the penalty which gave Puebla a 2-3 lead.

Estudiantes struck first in the 21st minute with a header by Fredy José Bareiro. The game went back and forth as Puebla later equalized off a Marcelo Paulo goal in the 30th only to see the Estudiantes regain the lead when Rodrigo Ruiz converted a penalty in the 35th minute.

Puebla equalized again in the 55th off a header by Álvaro Gonzaléz before taking the lead in the 74th minute after Herculez Gonzalez was fouled in the area.

It was an important road win for the Poblano squad who hope to continue their winning ways as they host the Gallos Blancos of Querétaro next Saturday.

Tigres 1 – 3 Chivas

Tigres suffered a disastrous home debut against Chivas de Guadalajara as they lost at the Estadio Universitario this Saturday in Monterrey.

Edgar Castillo played the full 90 minutes in the encounter, but was unable to muster much against a thoroughly dominating performance by Chivas.

Tigres appeared to have had a strong start to the season after defeating Puebla in their season opener but Chivas, surging with confidence after defeating Toluca, quickly stole the show when Javier Hernandez scored two goals in the 2nd and 16th minute respectively.

The hosts came within one after a goal by José Antonio Molina in the 30th, but any hope was soon extinguished after Hector Reynoso of Chivas scored again before halftime.

Tigres will hope to rebound next Saturday as they host Jaguares of Chiapas, while Chivas will try to continue their strong season start against fellow Guadalajara squad, Estudiantes.

Gallos Blancos 1 – 0 Pachuca

The Gallos Blancos eked out a victory over Pachuca this Saturday night in the Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro.

Paco Torres started and played 74 minutes in the absence of Damian Alvarez who is serving a 3 game suspension.

The Tuzos initiated the action early on as they dominated possession and created early opportunities. However, early errors by Dario Cvitanich lead to wasted opportunities as Pachuca should have taken the lead in the 16th minute.

Pachuca received a scare when Isaac Romo of Querétaro attempted a header and collided with Javier Muñoz Mustafá. Muñoz was left unconscious for a several minutes and he was substituted out for Luis Montes.

In the 60th minute, a counter attack by the Gallos Blancos led to a goal by Emilio Lopez with a shot taken outside of the area.

Despite being a man up for 24 minutes, when Margarito Gonzaléz was sent off for receiving a second yellow card, Pachuca was unable to take advantage and equalize.

It was a disappointing result for the Pachuca side who take with them 0 points in a game they dominated. Pachuca will look to bounce back when they host Atlante next Saturday night.

Indios 0- 0 Santos

Indios picked up their first point of the season after a tie against Santos Laguna Sunday night in Ciudad Juarez. This marks 19 consecutive games that Indios has been unable to win.

Marco Vidal, after not playing in last week's massacre against Monterrey, picked up the start and played the entire 90 minutes. Playing central defense he managed a shot on goal in the 7th minute that went agonizingly wide.

In an exciting first half it was Santos who dominated early on and had several opportunities at goal. However, the heat took its toll as the pace of the game slowed down.

In the second half things picked up until "El Chato" Rodriguez, of Santos, picked up his second yellow card and gave Indios a man advantage. However, Indios was unable to capitalize and has still yet to score a goal in this tournament.

Indios picked up the pace following the expulsion and had several chances at goal, but errors plagued them this Sunday at the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez.

Indios will try to end their winless streak next week when they visit red hot America next week.

Notes

Michael Orozco was left out of San Luis' lineup in their win over Atlante Saturday night.
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