Mexican League Roundup, Oct. 18

Javier Orozco and Emanuel Villa scored in the closing minutes as Cruz Azul broke a two game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Guadalajara Estudiantes in the 12th round of the Mexican Apertura tournament.

Rogelio Chavez put the Blue Machine ahead in the 46th before Jorge Zamogilny found the equalizer in the 77th. But Orozco and Villa scored in the 80th and 90th to seal the win.

Cruz Azul now has 21 points to share the Group 3 lead with Santos, who has a better goal average and plays a Monday against Chivas.

“It was a great win because we did not play well, and a victory like that is well taken,” said Cruz Azul manager Enrique Meza. “We need to find ways to getter quality wins, but I’ll take this points”.

Villa, an Argentina striker who returned to Mexico after a brief stint with England’s Derby County, scored his 11th goal of the season to remain the league’s top scorer with a three goal lead over three strikers, one of them the Chilean Hector Mancilla, who scored off a penalty kick as Toluca drew Tigres 1-1.

Mancilla, a two time scoring champion in Mexico, converted his penalty in the 64th to extend his scoring streak to seven straight matches, but Francisco Fonseca spoiled the Red Devils win with a goal in the 88th.

Despite the draw, Toluca remains on top of the overall standings with 26 points, Morelia is second with 25 after a 2-0 win over Pachuca, while Monterrey is third with 23 after a 2-1 home loss against Jaguares.

In other matches, it was: San Luis 1, Pumas 0; Atlante 2, Ciudad Juarez 0 and Queretaro 1, Atlas 0.