Mexican League Roundup, Mar. 14

Argentine striker Emanuel Villa scored two goals, including the

winner, as Cruz Azul beat Toluca 3-2 on Sunday for its third

consecutive victory.

Monterrey wasted a chance to get a share of the competition

lead with Chivas after a 1-1 draw against Puebla in another Sunday

match.

Villa put Cruz Azul ahead in the 16th minute and broke a 2-2

draw in the 81st, assisted on each goal by fellow Argentine

Maximiliano Biancucchi. Biancucchi also scored in the 60th minute.

Cruz Azul, after a slow start, now has 17 points after 10

rounds and is third in Group 3 behind Pumas (17) and Santos (21).

Toluca, a nine-time champion, has 11 points.

Chilean striker Hector Mancilla scored in the 27th minute and

Antonio Naelson scored in the 36th for Toluca, which had been

unbeaten in its previous 26 home games.

Naelson missed a penalty that would have given the Red

Devil’s the lead before Villa scored the match winner.

“It is my fault … this loss is 99 percent my fault,”

Naelson said.

In Puebla, Orlando Rincon had an own goal in the 47th minute

but American Herculez Gomez came off the bench to level it in the

65th on a cross from Sergio Rosas.

It was Gomez’ sixth goal of his first season in Mexico.

Monterrey leads Group 2 with 23 points, only two behind

Chivas, which leads the three-group Mexican Clausura with 25

points.

Group 3 leader Santos is third with 21 win points after a 3-0

win over Pachuca on Saturday.

In other scores: Estudiantes 4, Cd. Juarez 1; Jaguares 1, San

Luis 1; Queretaro 1, Morelia 1; Tigres 0, Atlas 1.