Cruz Azul (pictured) celebrates after scoring in its 3-1 Liga MX win over Queretaro on February 21, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
A last-minute goal by Isaac Brizuela gave Toluca a win over Chivas and kept the Red Devils within striking distance of league leader Cruz Azul, which defeated Queretaro, 3-1. CONCACAF.com recaps the weekend’s action from Mexico.
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Cruz Azul (22 points) remained three points ahead of Toluca after eight rounds, but needed to rally from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Queretaro, 3-1, Friday night. Ricardo Da Silva put the Gallos Blancos (10 points) in front in the 25th minute, before Rogelio Chavez equalized from the penalty spot 11 minutes later.
Mauro Formica gave La Maquina the lead in the 43rd minute and Chavez added an insurance goal from 40 yards two minutes from full time.
Brizuela broke a tense stalemate with a low shot off the post in the 89th minute to lift Toluca (19 points) to a 1-0 win over Chivas (12 points) on Sunday at the Estadio Nemesio Diez. It was the third straight week Brizuela scored a second-half goal for the Red Devils, who visit Cruz Azul for a top-of-the-table clash Saturday at the Estadio Azul.
Club Tijuana (10 points) tasted defeat at home for the first time in 18 games in all competitions, falling to Chiapas (11 points), 3-0, on Friday night at the Estadio Caliente. Carlos Ochoa struck for a first-half brace, scoring from the penalty spot in the 11th minute and adding his second in the 33rd minute. Luis Robles added a third goal three minutes before halftime.
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Leon (11 points) won for a second straight week, defeating 9-man Santos Laguna (10 points), 4-2, at the Estadio Nou Camp on Saturday. Elias Hernandez (8’) and Matias Britos (18’) staked Leon to a 2-0 lead before 20 minutes, while Carlos Pena (33’) and Miguel Sabah (44’) put the game out of reach prior to the interval.
Mauro Cejas (47’) and Oribe Peralta (70’) struck in the second half for Santos, which was reduced to 10 men with the ejections of Jose Francisco Belman (83’) and Jonathan Leonardo Lacerda (89’).
Daniel Ludueña struck for a brace to power visiting Pumas (14 points) to a 3-1 win over 10-man Club America (12 points) in the Clasico Capitalino at Estadio Azteca Saturday and into third place in Liga MX.
The Argentine put UNAM in front on nine minutes before Raul Jimenez equalized in the 27th minute for the host, which dropped its third straight decision and fell to fifth.
After Francisco Rodriguez was sent off with a straight red card, Ludueña added his second on a free kick in the 68th minute and Roberto Ramirez added an insurance marker in the 82nd minute.
Other results: UANL Tigres 1-0 Veracruz, Atlante 0-0 Puebla, Pachuca 3-0 Morelia