Liga MX

Toluca beats Pumas to maintain lead

Toluca Juan Cacho, front third from left, celebrates his goal against Pumas with teammates at a Mexican soccer league
Toluca celebrates their Liga MX Apertura victory over Pumas in Mexico City.
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MEXICO CITY (AP)

Toluca defeated Pumas 2-1 on Sunday to maintain its winning start to Mexico's Apertura championship after four rounds of matches.

The win puts Toluca in first place in the league on 12 points, with recently promoted Leon three points behind in second after its 3-0 victory Friday against defending champions Santos Laguna.

In other weekend results, Cruz Azul defeated Puebla 1-0, Chivas and Morelia drew 1-1, Tigres drew 2-2 with Queretaro, America and Atlas finished 1-1, Pachuca and Tijuana tied 2-2, San Luis and Monterrey drew 1-1 and Atlante won 2-1 against Jaguares.

A penalty from Carlos Rodriguez in the 60th minute handed victory to Toluca.

Juan Carlos Cacho fired in the first of the game from a tight angle in the 12th to give Toluca the lead, before Spaniard Luis Garcia swept in the equalizer for Pumas seven minutes before halftime.

On Friday, Juan Gonzalez opened the scoring for Leon in the 31st, with Uruguayan Nelson Maz and Carlos Pena getting the second and third in the last 15 minutes of the game.

Puebla went down to 10 men on Sunday when Jesus Chavez was sent off in the 31st, but Cruz Azul found it difficult to break down the Puebla defense until Argentine Mariano Pavone tapped in with eight minutes left.

Also Sunday, Xavi Baez rescued a point for Chivas in the 80th minute after Morelia took the lead in the 34th through a header from Mauricio Romero.

Chivas' Hector Reynoso saw his penalty kick saved in the 40th and Rafael Marquez Lugo was sent off in the 69th for a high tackle.

On Saturday, Brazilian Juninho struck a shot from 30 yards (meters) into the top corner net in the 78th to rescue a point for Tigres.

Lucas Lobos had given Tigres in the lead in the 49th after an error from Queretaro goalkeeper Juan Castillo, before goals from Carlos Bueno and Emmanuel Tapia temporarily gave Queretaro the lead.

Argentine Rubens Sambueza drove a left foot shot from 25 yards (meters) into the top corner of the net to equalize for America. Hugo Rodriguez had headed Atlas into the lead in first half injury time.

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Pachuca twice came from behind against Tijuana on Saturday.

Felix Borja equalized in the 61st after Pablo Aguilar put Tijuana into the lead with a header after 34 minutes and Nery Castillo won the point for his team on his debut with a strike from the edge of the area with two minutes remaining.

Fernando Arce scored Tijuana's second in the 65th.

Also Saturday, San Luis went behind to a 9th minute goal from Humberto Suazo. Luis Rodriguez equalized three minute after halftime.

Monterrey had Argentina Cesar Delgado sent off in the 65th.

On Friday, Chilean striker Esteban Paredes scored two second half goals for Atlante, with Colombian Luis Gabriel Rey's goal for Jaguares sandwiched between.

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