CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Monday, July 30, 2012
Michael Orozco found the back of the net, Jose Francisco Torres received a red card and the Xolos got trounced in Week Two of the Apertura.
Chivas 0 - 1 Santos Laguna
The lone positive result for Americans in the top flight came with Herculez Gomez and Santos when they traveled to Guadalajara. Gomez started and played 58 minutes, receiving a yellow card in first half stoppage time.
In what was destined to be a close game between the reigning champions and the beleaguered giants, the stats tell that the billing was correct as the combined 23 shots were narrowly edged out by the combined 26 fouls.
One minute into stoppage time, Chivas defender Hector Reynoso controlled the ball in the middle third, moving towards the offensive third when Gomez tracked back to defend. The American's tackle was rough and immediately whistled for a yellow card.
Gomez was subbed out in the 58th minute to make way for an extra defender, Candido Ramirez. Chivas had been mounting steady possession and Benjamin Galindo seemed to feel that the best tactical move for Santos was to drop a forward and stack the defense.
The game appeared to be headed for a scoreless result until the 90th minute. Forward Julio Nava swung in a cross from deep on the left side, finding the head of Erick Torres who was unable to power the ball past Oswaldo Sanchez. The veteran goalkeeper began a swift counter attack that took just four passes to go from box to box until Christian Saurez squared the ball across the six yard box to Carlos Quintero, who stuck in the game winner past goalkeeper Luis Michel.
Santos Laguna will next host Puebla on next Saturday.
San Luis 1 - 2 Cruz Azul
Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes at center back, scoring the lone goal for struggling San Luis.
Cruz Azul struck first with Mariano Pavone finding himself in the right place at the right time. The play started with Omar Bravo playing a 40-yard chip into the box, which bounced off of two players before deflecting into Pavone's path. His shot from six yards out was slowed down by goalkeeper Oscar Perez, but it was not enough to stop the ball from crossing the goal line.
San Luis equalized in the second half as a 55th minute corner kick bounced around in the box, and was cleared off the goal line by Alejandro Castro. Fortunately for Orozco, the ball came straight out to him, where he belted a shot into the goal from seven yards out.
The 84th minute saw a pin point chip into the box from Israel Castro, about 35 yards out from the right flank. His lofted pass found the head of Alejandro Vela, who nodded it down to Javier Orozco, allowing the substitute to drill a half volley to the far post side netting from about 12 yards out.
Cruz Azul would hold out for the final few minutes and hand frustrated San Luis another loss.
San Luis will next visit Morelia on Friday.
Pachuca 0 - 3 Atlas
Jose Francisco Torres started and played 68 minutes for Pachuca before receiving a red card that prematurely ended his day.
Only five combined shots in the first half made for a lackluster scoreless half time, though fireworks erupted shortly before the whistle as Torres fouled Luis Sandoval with a vengeance, earning an immediate yellow card for his reckless challenge.
Atlas broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when Hector Mancilla did well to possess the ball inside the box near the right edge, holding it patiently until help arrived in the proper position. That help came from Sandoval, who had a late back post run that went unmarked by the Pachuca defense. Mancilla's crisp pass across the box found Sandoval, who did the rest by nailing a shot just inside the near post from about 13 yards out, beating goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota.
In the 66th minute, Pachuca's Jorge Hernandez was shown a straight red card for a bad challenge on Lucas Ayala, and the midfielder was joined in leaving the field just two minutes later by Torres, whose jawing at the referee was not well received. His second yellow card of the evening saw him also leave the field, sentencing Pachuca to play the final 20 minutes with nine men.
The flood gates opened shortly after as Atlas pressed the advantage. In the 74th minute Mancilla received a pass from Vicente Vuoso that set him up at the top of the box. His shot appeared low and lazy, but was able to beat Cota's stretching form to the right side of the goal.
Atlas's victory would be completed in the first minute of stoppage time when Vuoso crossed the ball into the box from the left flank, rather aimlessly. The ball dropped to Paulo Da Silva in the goal box, who had time and space to handle the ball. His chest trap was executed poorly, and the ball bounced off of him and into the net for an own goal.
Pachuca will visit Queretaro on Saturday.
Leon 4 - 0 Tijuana
Tijuana's hot start to the season came to a crashing halt, as Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona started and played 90 minutes and 55 minutes respectively.
Leon's flood of goals began in the 33rd minute as Carlos Rodriguez dribbled unopposed up the middle of the field before trying a daring chip over the goalkeeper from 19 yards out. His gamble paid off as Cirilo Saucedo was just far enough off of his line that he couldn't retreat to save the blooping shot.
Javier Gandolfi's foul in the 49th minute was worthy of a yellow card, and also set up Luis Montes with a direct free kick from the center of the goal, 25 yards out. His left footed shot curled up and over the wall, cleanly getting past Saucedo.
Tijuana's game got worse in the 60th minute as midfielder Augusto chased Matias Britos out of the right side of the box, but clipped the forward's heels, tripping him just before they left the penalty area. The referee immediately awarded a penalty kick, and it was converted by Hernand Burbano.
Carlos Rodriguez topped his first half cheeky chip shot with a scissors kick in the 65th minute, putting away a cross from Othoniel Arce with the acrobatic shot from between the top of the goal box and the penalty spot.
Greg Garza made the bench for Tijuana, but did not see any playing time while Alejandro Guido and Stevie Rodriguez did not dress.
Tijuana's Fernando Arce received a red card in the 74th minute, and will be unavailable for selection next week.
Tijuana will next host Pumas on Friday.
Puebla 1 - 3 Toluca
DaMarcus Beasley started and played 90 minutes for Puebla as they hosted Toluca.
Estado Cuauhtemoc was rocking, but the mood quickly turned sour as Toluca struck in the 22nd minute, from a Sinha corner. The midfielder swung the ball into the box and found Lucas Silva making a near post run at the top of the goal box. Silva's header was accurate and beat goalkeeper Alexandro Olivares, and a frustrated Beasley volleyed the ball upfield while the visitors celebrated.
Beasley led the charge for the equalizer in the 33rd minute, sending an accurate cross into the box from the left wing, finding the feet of Edison Toloza, who stumbled over the ball, shot it, saw his effort blocked, then slid into the ball to knock it into the goal on the rebound.
Wilson Mathias struck next for Toluca in the 45th minute, as a set piece resulted in a bouncing ball in the box, before falling to feet of the Brazilian midfielder at the left corner of the goalbox. Mathias shot the ball low and to the near post, sneaking past Olivares to send Toluca back into the lead.
Silva netted his second of the game in the 63rd minute, following a nice passing combination with Juan Cacho. Silva controlled the ball at the top of the box, then squared the ball out wide to the left side of the box. Silva then ran into space to the front of the goal, and Cacho found him with a chip pass that Silva powered into the goal with his head from about six yards out.
Puebla have now won only one game out of their last six, in all competitions going back to last season.
Beasley and Puebla will next visit Santos Laguna and Herculez Gomez on Saturday.
Jonathan Bornstein made the bench for Tigres in their 2-1 victory over Atlante.
Marco Vidal played the final 19 minutes in Lobos BUAP's 1-0 victory over Correcaminos UAT in second division action.
Adrian Ruelas did not dress for Veracruz in their 0-0 tie with Celaya in second division action.