Mexican League Roundup, Oct. 16

Alejandro Vela and Horacio Cervantes scored at the beginning of

each half to help Cruz Azul to a 3-0 home win against Santos in the

Mexican league on Saturday, while second-placed Monterrey kept pace

with a 2-0 win over Toluca.

Vela opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Cervantes

doubled the lead just after the break. Christian Gimenez added a

late third as Cruz Azul moved to 28 points in the Apertura

standings, two clear of Monterrey.

Santos stayed third, four points further back, after stuttering

in recent weeks.

The match between Monterrey and Toluca was given extra spice by

the head-to-head between the two coaches.

Monterrey’s Victor Manuel Vucetich and Toluca’s Juan Manuel De

La Torre have both been interviewed for the Mexican national team

job, but Vucetich – who appeared to be the favored choice – pulled

out of the race earlier Saturday for unspecified personal

reasons.

After the match, Vucetich shook De La Torre by the hand and said

his opposite number was in the best position to become the new

Mexico coach.

“I wish him the very best of success because he is a great

person, honest and hardworking,” Vucetich said. “This result has

got nothing to do with it.”

Elsewhere, a 10-man San Luis beat Queretaro 3-2, with Cesar

Gonzalez scoring the winning goal in the 81st minute, two minutes

after teammate Sergio Ponce was shown a red card.

Also Saturday, Guadalajara had a 1-0 home win over Necaxa,

Pachuca drew 1-1 with Morelia, and Atlante and UANL Tigres also

finished 1-1.

At the Estadio Azul, Vela arrived late in the box to meet Adrian

Cortes’ cross in the fifth minute and put Cruz Azul ahead of Santos

in a clash between first and third placed teams.

Vela then set up Cervantes, who scored the second goal in the

47th minute.

Gimenez cut past two defenders on the edge of the box to strike

a rising shot left-footed across goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez for the

third in the 89th.

Jesus Zavala headed in a free kick from Humberto Suazo to give

unbeaten Monterrey the lead at home against Toluca in the 17th

minute and Francisco Gamboa headed into his own net from Ricardo

Osorio’s cross in the 55th to give the home side a 2-0 win.

The Mexican Football Federation told AP on Saturday that the

meeting to announce the national coach would still take place as

planned on Monday, though would not say whether De La Torre would

be confirmed as coach or whether other candidates would be

considered.

Earlier, Juan Medina gave San Luis the lead over Queretaro in

the first minute, but goals from Julio Nava in the 15th and Sergio

Blanco in the 33rd put Queretaro in front.

Michael Arroyo leveled the scores three minutes later, before

Ponce’s 79th-minute red card seemed to put San Luis at a

disadvantage.

Despite the sending off, Gonzalez cut in from the right to score

the winner with a low finish two minutes later.

San Luis moved to 19 points after the win, topping the

tournament’s Group Two ahead of Toluca by two points. Queretaro has

12 points and is bottom of Group Three.

In Guadalajara, Marco De La Mora skipped past four players in

the box and hit a right-footed shot low into the far corner in the

68th minute to give Chivas its first victory in six weeks with a

1-0 home win over Necaxa.

Guadalajara desperately needed the points to keep hopes of

qualifying for the end of season playoffs alive and moved to 15

points in fourth place in Group One.

Necaxa stayed on 13 points in the same group, with five games

left to play in the regular season.

In Pachuca, Miguel Sabah scored after an hour as Morelia rescued

a 1-1 draw against the home side. Carlos Pena put Pachuca ahead

from Juan Carlos Rojas’ cross in the 12th minute.

Sabah had the chance to grab all three points for Morelia but

missed a penalty in the 88th minute to leave the scores level.

Morelia climbed to third place in Group Three, while Pachuca is

fourth in Group Two.

In Cancun, Johan Fano opened the scoring for Atlante against

UANL Tigres in the 11th minute, but Andres Carevic scored an own

goal in the 48th to leave the sides level at 1-1.

UANL Tigres is third in Group One on 16 points, trailing Santos

and Monterrey, while Atlante is fifth in Group Two.

On Friday, UAG Estudiantes won the Guadalajara derby with a 2-1

home win over Atlas.

On Sunday, Puebla hosts America and Chiapas travels to UNAM

Pumas.