WOODY BAUM - Monday, March 22, 2010
Marco Vidal and Indios finally get a win while Francisco Torres and Pachuca tie America in the Estadio Azteca.
Cruz Azul 4 - 0 Tigres
Tigres' season took another blow as they were blown out by Cruz Azul in Mexico City on Saturday.
Cruz Azul made quick work of the visiting Tigres, who have only registered two wins in the tournament.
Melving Brown started off the action for the home squad, after heading in a rebound after a corner kick in the 13th.
Cruz Azul continued to apply pressure when Maximiliano Biancucchi scored off a pass from Emanuel Villa in the 18th. Villa would get a chance of his own in the 58th after receiving a long pass from Javier Orozco in the area and burying the shot to put the home squad up by three.
The punishment wouldn't stop as Christian Riveros received a center from Rogelio Chavez, and shot past Cirilo Saucedo in the 85th to make it four to nothing.
Tigres did not look good all game long and were unable to contain the dynamic Cruz Azul attack. Edgar Castillo played the entire 90 minutes.
Tigres will try to recover next week when they host Toluca.
Indios 1 - 0 Gallos Blancos
Indios won their first game of the season and finally ended their winless streak this Sunday over the Gallos Blancos in Ciudad Juarez.
It appeared early on that Indios would once again disappoint. They were provided an early gift after Gallos Blancos goalkeeper Carlos Bossio took down Julio Frias in the area and was immediately sent off.
However, Juan de la Barrera failed to convert for Indios in a play that brought back memories of
the many missed opportunities by Indios all season.
However, the home squad finally scored in the 38th when Julio Frias connected beautifully with a center by Tomas Campos.
Indios would go on to win by one, although the scoreline does not accurately describe the game. Indios played with a passion, aggressiveness and quality not seen all season.
Marco Vidal started and played the entire 90 minutes and contributed solidly in the midfield to help his team.
Indios will hope to continue the positive result and have a chance to pull closer towards safety when they face relegation threatened Atlante next week.
Santos 2 - 1 Puebla
Herculez Gomez's goal scoring streak ended at five as Puebla lost to Santos Laguna in Torreon on Sunday evening.
Gomez was able to contribute indirectly, however, when Uriel Alvarez tacked Gomez hard and was shown straight red by the referee.
Nevertheless, Puebla was unable to take advantage as Alejandro Acosta, of Puebla, was sent off in the 32nd after picking up his second yellow to make it ten men apiece.
Shortly after Acosta was sent off, Santos took advantage as a neat give and go between Walter Jimenez and Darwin Quintero ended with Quintero burying a shot in the 38th.
Barely five minutes had passed when Argentine Daniel Luduena put Santos up by two right before halftime in the 44th minute with a shot from the left side after receiving the pass from Darwin Quintero.
Gomez started and was substituted off for Carlos Ruiz in the 46th. After Ruiz entered, Puebla had several clear opportunities but couldn't finish until the 81st minute when Carlos Ruiz converted a penalty.
Puebla, despite coming close on several occasions, ended up losing. They will try to recover next week against America.
America 2 - 2 Pachuca
While Pachuca did not get the result that they wanted, they were able to leave with the point after tying America in the Estadio Azteca on Sunday, despite playing for much of the game a man down.
Pachuca came out strong and played the quick passing offense that they had been known for.
They created several opportunities but it was America who would score first. Pachuca keeper Miguel Calero had to leave the line in order to break up a one on a one chance for America.
He was successful, but the rebound arrived at the feet of Angel Reyna who lofted a shot while Calero rushed back to the goal. The shot was perfectly placed and just barely made it over the head of Jaime Correa in the 28th minute.
It only got worse for Pachuca when Paul Aguilar was sent off for hitting Oscar Rojas in the face several minutes later.
However, Pachuca came back shortly after when Fernando Lopez pushed Dario Cvitanich in the area and the referee marked a penalty. Cvitanich converted the penalty to tie the score in the 41st.
Despite being a man down, Pachuca took the lead in the 63rd when in a well played counter attack, Daniel Manso delivered a long pass to Edgar Benitez who beat Oscar Rojas and put it past Guillermo Ochoa.
America did not take long to respond when Antonio Lopez scored off of a rebound in the area in the 67th minute to the tie the game.
Jose Francisco Torres started and played 57 minutes creating several dangerous opportunities and leading various counterattacks.
While Pachuca really needed the three points to turn their season around, it was an impressive result as America have played incredibly well all season long at home and the visitors played much of the game a man down.
They will hope to continue their season turnaround next week against Morelia.
Sammy Ochoa did not play in Estudiantes' win over Atlas.