Christian Gimenez (left) scored the only goal in Cruz Azul's 1-0 Liga MX win over visiting Toluca on March 1, 2014, in Mexic City. (Photo: Mexsport)
Cruz Azul pushed six points clear of Toluca in Liga MX with a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils in a top-of-the-table clash at Estadio Azul in Round 9. CONCACAF.com recaps the weekend’s action from Mexico.
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Red-hot Cruz Azul (25 points) won its eighth straight game Saturday, beating second-place Toluca (19 points), 1-0, in a tense match at the Estadio Azul.
Substitute Christian Gimenez broke the stalemate with an 80th minute header off a Rogelio Chavez delivery. It was a second straight loss for the visiting Red Devils.
Club Tijuana (11 points) stretched its winless streak to three games with a 1-1 tie against last-place Veracruz (six points) on Saturday at the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Cristian Pellerano put the Xolos in front with a sixth minute strike, but the Argentine midfielder was sent off for his second bookable offense in the 79th minute, opening the door for Veracruz. Substitute Liber Quinones put the host level two minutes later.
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Leon (14 points) moved up to fifth place in the Clausura, beating Chiapas (11 points), 3-0, on Saturday at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna for its third straight victory.
As was the case in a 4-2 win over Santos in Round 8, Leon did all its scoring in the first half with Elias Hernandez (13’), Miguel Sabah (19’) and Mauro Boselli (31’) staking the visitors a three-goal cushion before halftime.
Club America (15 points) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved to fourth with a 2-1 win over Monterrey (nine points) at the Estadio Tecnologico on Saturday.
After conceding the first goal in three straight losses, the Aguilas took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute on a goal by Erik Pimentel. The host, though, rallied to equalize in the 81st minute with Wilson Morelo finding the back of the net.
Undaunted, Club America took all three points when Rubens Sambueza struck two minutes from full time.
Other results: Morelia 1-2 Atlante; Pumas UNAM 0-0 Pachuca; Guadalajara 0-0 Tigres