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Toluca continues perfect league run

Tolucas Lucas Silva fights for the ball against Pachucas Segundo Castillo.
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Edgar Benitez scored an injury-time winner to give Toluca a 1-0 win against Pachuca on Sunday, the club's fifth straight victory to open Mexico's first-division season.

The victory moved Toluca five points clear at the top of the league. Leon is second after drawing 1-1 against Cruz Azul on Friday, when Tijuana defeated Tigres 2-1 to improve to third place.

In other results: America won 4-0 against Queretaro, Morelia overcame Puebla 3-0, Pumas defeated Santos Laguna 2-1, Monterrey and Atlante drew 1-1, Chivas beat San Luis 1-0 and Atlas drew 1-1 with Jaguares.

Benitez rounded Pachuca goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota and slipped the ball into the empty net to give Toluca 15 points from five matches when it looked like a draw was pending.

Leon took the lead in the 70th minute against Cruz Azul from Luis Montes' goal, but Mexico international Pablo Barrera struck a 35-yard (meter) free kick into the top corner to equalize four minutes later.

Alfredo Moreno opened the scoring for Tijuana with a left-foot strike from the edge of the area in the 15th, and Fernando Arce got the second in the 33rd. Winger Elias Hernandez pulled one back for Tigres in the 64th.

America was three goals up within 30 minutes against Queretaro, with Christian Benitez, Daniel Montenegro and Rubens Sambueza scoring. Christian Bermudez added the fourth in the 86th.

The result moves America up to fourth place, six points behind Toluca.

Two goals in two minutes just before halftime helped Morelia defeat Puebla. Joao Rojas got the first and Carlos Morales curled in a free kick for the second. Miguel Sabah wrapped up the scoring in the 78th.


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Argentine Emanuel Villa scored each side of halftime for Pumas against reigning champion Santos Laguna. Daniel Luduena pulled one back in the 62nd, but Santos failed to equalize despite several good chances.

Paraguayan international Osvaldo Martinez rescued a point for 10-man Atlante with an 84th-minute penalty. Jorge Guagua was unlucky to score an own-goal in the 22nd to put Monterrey ahead. Luis Venegas was sent off in the 75th.

Chivas recorded its first win of the season - and the first for new coach John Van*t Schip - with striker Carlos Fierro heading in against San Luis in the 83rd.

Gregorio Torres scored for Atlas in the 40th, but Jaguares earned its first point of the season when Colombian Franco Arizala equalized in the 66th.

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