Sunday, February 20, 2011
Isaac Acuna scored his first ever Mexican Primera Division goal for Gallos Blancos who upset Santos while Pachuca's duo of Herculez Gomez and Jose Francisco Torres were thumped by Chivas.
Santos 0 - 2 Gallos Blancos
Isaac Acuna was the man of the match for Gallos Blancos who went into Torreon and stunned Apertura finalists Santos on Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.
It was Acuna's first start of the season for Gallos Blancos after joining the squad on-loan from America during the winter break.
The American midfielder scored for the visitors and also added in an assist before being substituted off in the 80th minute due to injury.
Acuna looked to be limping off the field when he left and the severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
It only took two minutes for Acuna to score the game's first goal when Eder Borelli lofted in a perfect ball to Acuna who was onsides and rounded past Santos goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez before tapping into the net.
The California native was visibly emotional following the goal as he was mobbed by his teammates in front of the stunned home crowd.
Gallos Blancos doubled their lead in the 42nd minute using Acuna's playmaking ability to break down the Santos defense.
Acuna made a run into the Santos area from the left side and as three defenders began to converge, he played a ball across to Carlos Bueno who rocketed home from 20 yards out.
Acuna and Gallos Blancos will hope to build off of the win next week when they host Cruz Azul.
Chivas 4 - 1 Pachuca
It was an evening to forget for Pachuca who were soundly defeated by Chivas on Saturday at Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara.
Both Herculez Gomez and Jose Francisco Torres started for Pachuca with Gomez lining up at forward and Torres in his customary central midfielding role.
Despite the defeat, Gomez did have a bright spot assisting in the lone Pachuca goal.
Chivas needed all of 27 seconds to score their first goal when Erick Torres played a dazzling pass with the outside of his right foot to Jorge Mora who slotted home from about 12 yards out.
The early strike stunned the Tuzos who tried to get back in the game but then 11 minutes later they found themselves down by two.
A series of deflections saw the ball end up at the feet of Alberto Medina who was clearly offside, but the referee allowed play to continue and Medina stroked home to double the lead.
Chivas increased their lead to three in the 34th minute when Torres gathered in a pass from Medina, spun off of two Pachuca defenders and sent a shot just inside the right post past downtrodden Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero.
The Tuzos finally cut into the lead in the 47th minute when Gomez played a perfect cross into Edgar Benitez who had an easy tap-in for goal.
Any thoughts of a comeback by the visitors were put to bed in the 59th minute when Chivas' Torres fought through a double-team and headed a pass over to Mediva who one-timed it past Calero.
Torres and Gomez will try to get back on the winning track next week when they host San Luis.
Neither Daniel Antunez nor Sammy Ochoa saw any action for Estudiantes who fell 0-1 at home to Atlante.
Jonathan Bornstein did not see any action in the Clasico Regiomontano as Tigres played to a scoreless draw at Monterrey.
Edgar Castillo did not feature in Puebla's 1-0 win over Jaguares.