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Friday, 11 April 2008

5552 Mexico Clausura 2008 Weekly Re


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by : Cody Strunk

Guadalajara retained top spot in the Mexican Clausura, although they came close to following up last weekend’s first defeat of the season with a second loss at Atlante. Javier David Munoz gave Apertura champions Atlante the lead on 57-minutes and Chivas only drew level five-minutes from time when substitute Sergio Santana headed home.

San Luis moved to within a point of Guadalajara after a 3:2 win at UNAM Pumas. Two goals from veteran midfielder Braulio Luna either side of an Esteban Solari goal put San Luis 2:1 up and a late goal from Malher Tressor Moreno on 84-minutes made it 3:1. An injury-time penalty from Ignacio Scocco reduced the deficit for Pumas, but it was all too little too late.

In-form Jaguares Chiapas suffered a reversal at home to Cruz Azul, despite taking an early lead courtesy of Adolfo Bautista. Christian Riveros headed the visitors back on level terms midway through the opening period and Edgar Andrade bagged the winner six-minutes after the interval.

Followers of Morelia were treated to the now customary lack of goals from their team (their recent record now stands at no goals in their last five games and just two in their last 11), although they did at least have the consolation of keeping a clean sheet against Santos.

Brazilian Fabiano Pereira scored the only goal of the game just before the half-hour mark as Necaxa secured a 1:0 win at Atlas, despite playing for nearly 30-minutes with 10-men following the sending-off of Gerardo Galindo. In their defence, Atlas could be forgiven for having one eye on their midweek Copa Libertadores clash at home to Boca Juniors.

UAG Tecos kept their feint play-off hopes alive with a 2:1 victory over a UANL Tigres side that is still not totally safe from the threat of relegation. Sebastian Gonzalez gave Tecos a seventh minute lead, but Carlos Esquivel levelled things up on 39-minutes. The match was eventually settled by Gonzalez’s second goal 10-minutes from time.

There was further evidence that America’s priorities lie with the Copa Libertadores this term as they went down to a 3:1 defeat at home to Pachuca. All the goals came within 12-minutes either side of the half-time break, with Edy German Brambila putting Pachuca ahead only for Enrique Esqueda to ensure that the teams went in level. Goals from Paul Nicolas Aguilar and Leobardo Lopez after the break settled the game in Pachuca’s favour and all but ended America’s already feint play-off ambitions.

Performance of the weekend was unquestionably Monterrey’s 7:2 demolition of Veracruz, with Chilean striker Humberto Suazo helping himself to four goals, veteran striker Jared Borgetti getting a couple and one from Egidio Arevalo. Veracruz were briefly on level terms when Aldo De Nigris equalised Suazo’s opener, but their second goal was barely even a consolation when Arevalo headed past his own ‘keeper a minute from time.

That defeat for Veracruz presented Puebla with the opportunity to lift themselves off the foot of the percentage table, but they went down to a third straight defeat at home to Toluca. A Sergio Amaury Ponce free-kick put Toluca a goal up on 16-minutes, but Alvaro Gonzalez quickly drew Puebla level. The winner came from Santiago Fernandez on 72-minutes. Next weekend Puebla face a potentially defining game away to Veracruz, where a defeat would leave them perilously close to a swift return to Primera A.

Results:

UAG Tecos 2 UANL Tigres 1
Atlas 0 Necaxa 1
Jaguares Chiapas 1 Cruz Azul 2
Monterrey 7 Veracruz 2
Morelia 0 Santos 0
Atlante 1 Guadalajara 1
Puebla 1 Toluca 2
UNAM Pumas 2 San Luis 3
America 1 Pachuca 3

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