RECAP: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
Daniel Antunez was a surprise starter for Estudiantes who fell to Cruz Azul while Edgar Castillo and Puebla battled to a draw with Chivas in the first weekend of the 2011 Mexican Clausura.
Cruz Azul 4 - 1 Estudiantes
Daniel Antunez started in defense for visiting Estudiantes who were thumped by Cruz Azul at Estadio Azul in Mexico City on Saturday.
Antunez played the first 67 minutes before yielding his spot to Miguel Angel Vallejo.
The former FC Inter man also received a yellow card in the 28th minute for a tackle on Chaco Gimenez. American Sammy Ochoa did not see any action for guests.
Tito Villa opened the scoring for the hosts when a Hugo Droguett sailed over the heads of two Estudiantes defenders and right to Villa who nodded it into the net.
Nine minutes later Cruz Azul had their second goal and it was Droguett again setting up a teammate for the strike. This time, however, Gimenez was the beneficiary on a cross in the area that found the Argentine who fired it just inside the left post.
But just three minutes later Estudiantes were able to halve the lead after a penalty was called on Cruz Azul's Cata Dominguez who was guilty of grabbing Eduardo Lillingston's jersey in the area. Mauro Cejas calmly converted the penalty for the guests.
The hosts regained a two goal advantage in the 37th minute when Javier Orozco was able to gather in his own deflected shot and found a streaking Marcelo Palau who then had an easy tap in for the goal.
Cruz Azul capped off the scoring in the 86th minute with a Gonzalo Pineda goal from the penalty spot after Gimenez had been brought down in the area.
Estudiantes will return home next week to face defending Apertura champions Monterrey.
Puebla 1 - 1 Chivas
Edgar Castillo and Puebla started their 2011 Clausura with a splitting of the points versus Chivas on Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla.
Castillo started in defense for Puebla and played the first half. He was substituted out in place of Walter Jimenez. Castillo also received a yellow card for a 29th minute tackle on Alberto Medina.
An own goal gave Chivas an early lead in just the eighth minute of action when Omar Esparza's shot from long range glanced off the face of Edgar Lugo.
The quirky deflection caught Puebla goalkeeper Alexandro Alvarez flatfooted and he was unable to bat the ball away before it entered the net.
However Puebla would eventually find an equalizer and it came from Ecuadorian Félix Borja in the 54th minute when he controlled a long ball with his chest and then muscled his way past two Chivas defenders before poking a shot past Chivas goalkeeper Luis Michel as he was falling down.
Next up for Castillo and company will be a visit to San Luis.
Jonathan Bornstein is out with a hamstring injury and did not suit up for Tigres who battled to a 2-2 draw with Gallos Blancos. American Isaac Acuna is with Gallos Blancos on-loan from Club America and did not make it off the bench.
Jose Francisco Torres did not suit up for Pachuca in their 0-2 win versus Club America. Compatriot Herculez Gomez played the final 20 minutes for the Tuzos.