ISAAC HEATH - Monday, March 1, 2010
Hercules Gomez continued his recent great run of play by scoring and assisting on another goal as Puebla tied Jaguares, while both Paco Torres and Edgar Castillo were on the wrong side of two 3-0 shellackings.
Pachuca 0 - 3 Pumas
Pumas humbled Pachuca at home in Hidalgo Stadium once again, as the visitors celebrated their return to the site of their Clausura 2009 clinching victory with another win while the Tuzos winless streak to three games in the 2010 Bicentenario.
Paco Torres got the start and played all 90 minutes for Pachuca at center mid, but the youngster was unable to sway the fortunes of his team on this night.
Pumas could not have started the game any better when they notched their first goal in just the third minute on a corner kick. Jehu Chiapas took the kick from the right corner and Dante Lopez was their to head it home for the 1-0 lead.
Pachuca was unable to react and shift the momentum as matters worsened for them in the 21st minute when Martin Bravo beat Miguel Calero for the 2-0 lead. Bravo received the ball in the middle of the field off a slight deflection from Lopez and then broke through the defense with blistering pace before beating Calero.
Three minutes later Pachuca essentially rolled over when Pablo Barrera put the visitors up 3-0 in the 24th minute. Barrera won the ball off of the Pachuca defense, beat Leobardo Lopez, and then hit a low shot past a helpless Calero.
Torres will have a long week of travel coming up as he heads to Holland to represent the national team, but when he returns he and Pachuca will have a tough road test against Monterrey in a game that they must win.
Tigres 0 - 3 Morelia
Tigres were smashed by visiting Morelia this weekend in a game that saw the visiting team dominate from start to finish including outshooting Tigres 13-3.
Much like his fellow American Paco Torres, Edgar Castillo started and played the entire match for Tigres, but the left back was unable to prevent his team from the onslaught.
Elias Hernandez put the visitors up 1-0 in the 15th minute after capitalizing on a great low cross from Hugo Droguett after he combined nicely with Luis Rey on the right edge of the box.
Morelia finished another great driven cross in the 38th minute, as Miguel Sabah put away the fabulous ball sent in by Marvin Cabrera from the right wing into the near post.
No halftime adjustments could change the outcome, and Morelia put the game away in the 71st minute. Aldo Ramirez sent in a cross that Gabriel Pereyra settled with his chest and then blasted into the back of the net while the Tigres defense watched and cried for an offsides call that never came.
Castillo and Tigres have now gone winless since their first game of the season and will look to get back on track against woeful Indios next week.
Puebla 3 - 3 Jaguares
Puebla refused to lose at home in Cuauhtemoc Stadium on Sunday against Jaguares, as the home team came back from a goal down on three different occasions.
Herculez Gomez came on as a first half substitute and made a great impact on the game providing the assist on the first goal and then scoring the game tying goal. The forward also picked up a yellow card in the 31st minute.
In the 17th minute Jaguares put themselves up 1-0 on a Danilinho goal. Jackson Martinez' cross found Jesus Chavez whose attempt ricocheted off the post right to Danilinho who then tapped in the rebound.
Just before halftime Puebla tied the game up at 1-1 when Herculez Gomez found Alvaro Gonzalez on a cross from the right wing in the 43rd minute.
In the 47th minute Hugo Sanchez Guerrero gave Jaguares the lead back. The midfielder took advantage of Puebla's poor effort to clear a Jaguares corner kick by rifling a loose ball past Alexandro Alvarez.
Alvaro Gonzalez brought the home team level once again in the 57th minute after he collected a long ball from Luis Miguel Noriega at the top of the Jaguares box. The striker then ripped a shot off the right post and in to knot the game at 2.
In the 83rd minute Jackson Martinez calmly put away a pass from Danilinho after the midfielder beat the poblano defense from the right side before laying off the ball to Martinez and the game looked to be sealed for the visitors.
As they had all game, Puebla came back and tied it up for good on a Gomez goal in the 87th minute. The American finished a cross from Jose Hiber Ruiz to cap off a thrilling 3-3 tie.
Gomez hopes to continue his run of great play when Puebla visit a tough Pumas team next weekend.
Toluca 3 - 0 Indios
Indios incredibley awful year continued with a drubbing at the hands of the Red Devils of Toluca Sunday at Nemesio Diez stadium.
Marco Vidal started once again for Indios in the midfield and went the full 90 minutes in a game that probably felt more like 90 hours for the American.
Carlos Esquivel put Toluca up 1-0 in the 15th minute when he hit a left footed bomb from way outside the box that Christian Martinez couldn't do anything about.
Toluca, who controlled the game from start to finish, did not score their second until the 77th minute. Esquivel beat his man on the right wing and then sent in a cross to Hector Raul Mancilla who put the ball away with his head.
The home team put away one final goal in the 84th minute to cap the 3-0 victory. This time it was Antonio Naelson who served up a cross from the right wing that found Vladamir Marin who hit a first time shot past Martinez.
Vidal and Indios will try to find their first win of the year next week against Edgar Castillo and Tigres.
Sammy Ochoa did not see the field in Estudiantes loss to America.