Monday, August 16

Mexican Primera Review

Domination continued for Santos Laguna. They posted a fourth straight victory in league play and sixth overall. Christian Benitez continued his scoring streak, having netted in every league contest. Jaguares, despite losing, became the first Mexican side to keep Santos from scoring at least three goals with only San Juan Jabloteh matching the 1-0 effort in Champions League play in Trinidad. San Luis registered the upset of the week as they picked up their first win, 1-0, against Morelia, which came in with wins in both contests this season by an aggregate score of 7-0.

Friday, August 13 (Home-Away)

Necaxa 1-1 Queretaro
Promoted side Necaxa continues to perform well, posting a third positive result in four matches. The hosts were unlucky in the 13th minute on Friday the 13th when Carlos Bossi headed it off the post and watched teammate Luis Padilla send the rebound off the same upright. Thirteen minutes later Pablo Quattrocchi sent the ball inside the left post for the lead. In the 56th minute Sergio Orteman fired a shot that deflected off a Necaxa defender before slamming off the crossbar. Four minutes later Hector Altamirano leveled terms with a free kick into the upper left corner. Scoring – NEC: Pablo Quattrocchi 27; QUE: Hector Altamirano 60

Saturday, August 14

Cruz Azul 4-1 Pachuca
Cruz Azul’s domination began just seven minutes in when Javier Orozco put away a corner kick from Christian Gimenez. Emanuel Villa played a give-and-go with Gimenez to leave himself all alone to double the lead three minutes before the break. Five minutes into the second half Orozco netted his second and 10 minutes later Raul Martinez sent an accidental header past his own keeper to push the lead to four. Edgar Benitez would spoil the shutout in the 66th from the spot. Scoring – CA: Javier Orozco 7; CA: Emanuel Villa 42; CA: Javier Orozco 50; CA: Own goal (Raul Martinez) 60; PAC: Edgar Benitez (penalty) 66

Monterrey 5-2 Pumas UNAM
Pumas has two wins at home. On the road, it’s a whole other story as Saturday’s result leaves them with a pair of losses 9-2 on aggregate. This week, the send off of goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios led to the defeat as the club had the advantage at the time. After Humberto Suazo opened the scoring by burying his own rebound nine minutes in. Leandro Augusto tied it up in the 18th off the left post and Dante Lopez gave Pumas the lead when he put away a Javier Cortez shot that rebounded off the base of the post. The hosts leveled before the half through a Sergio Santana header. Four minutes into the second stanza Palacios was sent off and Suazo converted the subsequent penalty to retake the lead. Osvaldo Martinez put the game out of doubt with a long-range effort in the 77th and Aldo De Nigris rounded out the scoring in the final minute. Scoring – MON: Humberto Suazo 9; PUM: Leandro Augusto 18; PUM: Dante Lopez 24; MON: Sergio Santana 45; MON: Humberto Suazo (penalty) 52; MON: Osvaldo Martinez 77; MON: Aldo De Nigris 90

Santos Laguna 1-0 Chiapas Jaguares
Santos kept their high-flying act going with a rare close contest on the young season. Christian Benitez scored his league-leading sixth goal of the campaign when he slashed through the defense seconds into the second half before beating goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando. Jackson Martinez had three close efforts for the visitors but was unable to find the equalizer. Scoring – SAN: Christian Benitez 46

San Luis 1-0 Morelia
A Miguel Sabah penalty saved by Cesar Lozano in the 52nd minute proved critical as Wilmer Aguirre nodded a corner home five minutes later for the victory . Scoring – SL: Wilmer Aguirre 57

Sunday, August 15

Puebla 1-1 Atlante
Deadlocked at the break, the visitors opened the scoring nearly 10 minutes into the second stanza when Jeronimo Amione floated a shot into the corner. Puebla were unable to break down the defensive stance of Atlante until four minutes were left on the board when Rodrigo Salinas sent a cross from the right to Edgar Lugo, who tapped in at the near post. Scoring – ATL: Jeronimo Amione 54; PUE: Edgar Lugo 86

Toluca 1-1 Tigres
Preseason favorites Toluca are still without a win after four games, playing to a third consecutive 1-1 draw. Toluca took the advantage at home in the 61st minute off the foot of Antonio Rios. Victory was snatched from Toluca in the final moments when Alberto Acosta was fouled in the area by Manuel de la Torre, leading to a penalty converted by Itamar Batista. Scoring – TOL: Antonio Rios 61; TIG: Itamar Batista (penalty) 90

America 1-1 Atlas
The match was decided, in part, on nearly identical corner kick situations that had decidedly different results. An America corner 17 minutes in was headed home by Matias Vuoso, flying just centimeters above the head of a defender on the post who was a fraction of a second late in attempting to nod it wide. An identical play later in the match from Atlas saw Nestor Vidrio head the ball toward goal only to see Rosinei Adolfo clear it off the line with a header. Atlas would, however, find the equalizer through Fabricio Fuentes on the hour mark. Scoring – AME: Matias Vuoso 17; ATL: Fabricio Fuentes 60

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