WOODY BAUM - Monday, March 15, 2010
Herculez Gomez' goal scoring streak continues as Puebla steal a point from Monterrey while Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca's woes worsen.
Estudiantes 4 - 1 Indios
Marco Vidal and Indios' season got only worse as they fell on the road to a Sammy Ochoa-less Estudiantes in Guadalajara Friday evening.
The damage began in the fourth minute when Mauro Cejas scored on an open net off a pass from Rodrigo Ruiz. Estudiantes continued to attack and four mintues later, Osvaldo Alanis followed up his own header to go up by two.
In the 17th, Ruben Sambueza beautifully received a center in the area and delivered a crisp shot to put the home squad up by three before Daniel Friaz pulled a goal back in spectacular fashion four minutes later after chesting down a centering pass and volleying home to put Indios within two.
However another goal for the visitors would not come and Estudiantes built on their lead in the 33rd minute when Indios goalkeeper, Christian Martinez, couldn't handle a shot and Fredy Bareiro collected the rebound and finished to give the home squad a three goal lead.
Indios will try to rebound next week when they host the Gallos Blancos, while Estudiantes will visit cross town rivals Atlas.
Tigres 0 - 1 Atlas
Tigres' home woes continue as they once again lost at home, this time to Atlas, on Saturday night to remain winless at home all season long.
Tigres put themselves at an early disadvantage early in the game when in the 13th minute, Jose Antonio Castro was expelled for an obvious and dangerous tackle on Jorge Torres. A man up, Atlas had what it needed to begin to exert domination in the game.
The visitors created chances but was unable to convert until the 35th when a corner kick by Atlas was punched out of the area by the Tigres defense. However, the rebound landed at Gonzalo Vargas' feet, who controlled, and, from a difficult angle, shot past Cirilo Saucedo to give Atlas the lead.
Tigres tried to respond as Brazilian Itamar Batista created several clear chances. However, Atlas soon learned if they marked Batista, Tigres would pose little threat, and in doing so were able to control the rest of the game.
Edgar Castillo started and played the entire 90 minutes but was unable to affect the game, as he and Tigres played with their back against the wall almost the entire game, due to Castro's expulsion.
Tigres will try to recover when they visit Cruz Azul next week.
Pachuca 0 - 3 Santos
Pachuca have now lost three consecutive games by the same score as they fell again Saturday to Santos Laguna at Estadio Hidalgo.
The first half was marked by cautious play and both teams opted to feel each other out. There were few dangerous opportunities created and the crisp, clean soccer that the Tuzos were once known for has disappeared; replaced instead by sloppy and illtimed passes.
With time, Santos increasingly came closer to scoring and were finally able to convert when in the 54th minute, a pass by Walter Jimenez was cleanly received by Colombian Darwin Quintero whose right footed shot beat Pachuca keeper Miguel Calero.
Immediately afterward, Pachuca's job got significantly more difficult when Gregorio Torres was sent off following his second yellow card for taking down Jimenez inside the area. Juan Pablo Rodriguez converted the penalty to give the visitors a two goal advantage.
At that point, Pachuca had all but given up and Santos scored a third goal in the 89th off a shot by Daniel Ludueña.
Jose Francisco Torres started and played the entire 90 minutes in a game that saw Pachuca's troubles only increase. There are now open calls for Tuzo head coach, Guillermo Rivarola's head and Pachuca is in a fight to salvage dignity for the season, and a potential liguilla spot.
They will have the difficult task of recovering when they visit America at Estadio Azteca next week.
Puebla 1 - 1 Monterrey
Puebla tied league leaders Monterrey this Sunday afternoon at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla thanks to Herculez Gomez' fifth goal in five games - and sixth of the season - to steal a point against the red hot league leaders.
Monterrey played with their customary offensive style and created many chances of the first half. However, it was Puebla who would score first when former MLS Golden Boot winner Carlos Ruiz appeared to score off a rebound on a corner kick in the 21st minute. However, the referree waived the goal off as Ruiz appeared to be offsides.
The first half finished scoreless but that would change quickly in the second half when Orlando Rincon scored an own goal on a corner kick to give Monterrey the lead in the 48th minute. Shortly after in the 54th, Gomez was subbed in for the other former LA Galaxy striker Ruiz.
Gomez make his presence felt 11 minutes later as Puebla managed to orchestrate a nifty counter attack with quick vertical passes finding Sergio Rosas with ball on the left side of the area. Rosas centered and Gomez connected with a diving header to tie the match.
The American then had a chance for the winner in the 85th minute when he shot from the left side only to see the ball elevate slightly over the cross bar.
Gomez will try to continue his goal scoring streak when Puebla visit red hot Santos next week.