Toluca loses to Atlante in Mexico’s 1st division

MEXICO CITY (AP) Toluca lost 2-1 to Atlante on Sunday and missed an opportunity to close the gap on Cruz Azul at the top of Mexico’s first division.

Cruz Azul had drawn 0-0 with reigning champion Leon on Saturday and is now four points ahead of Toluca in second. Pachuca improved to third – nine points behind Cruz Azul – after beating Chiapas 2-0 on Saturday.

In other games this weekend in the 12th round of matches of the Clausura 2014 tournament, Atlas drew 1-1 with Chivas, Monterrey defeated Pumas 2-1, Queretaro won 2-0 against Tigres, America drew 0-0 against Veracruz, Tijuana overcame Puebla 3-1 and Morelia drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna.

Roberto Gutierrez turned inside a defender and finished with his left foot to put Atlante in the lead in the 32nd minute, with Michael Arroyo converting a penalty in the 54th to make it 2-0.

Juan Salguiero curled in a free kick from 25 yards in second-half injury time for Toluca.

Cruz Azul and Leon both attacked throughout their match, but neither could finish their chances. Leon’s Rafael Marquez was sent off after receiving his second yellow card in the 89th.

Ecuadorian internationals Walter Ayovi and Enner Valencia scored Pachuca’s goals in the second half, with Ayovi striking a direct free kick from 30 yards and Valencia tapping in from close range.

Chivas took the lead with Aldo de Nigris’ goal in the 9th, but Jose Ortigoza equalized for Atlas in the 72nd in a Guadalajara derby marred by fighting between fans and police inside the stadium.

Pumas’ Dario Veron headed over his own goalkeeper to score Monterrey’s winning goal in the 73rd after he equalized for his team in the 49th. Omar Arellano had put Monterrey ahead in the 42nd.

Queretaro’s Willian and Christian Bermudez both netted in the first 30 minutes against Tigres.

Pablo Aguilar and Luis Mendoza went close for America in the last five minutes, but couldn’t break the deadlock.

Dario Benedetto scored in the 3rd for Tijuana, with Fidel Martinez extending the lead in the 67th. Brazilian Maicon Santos pulled one back for Puebla in the 84th, before Fernando Arce increased Tijuana’s lead in second-half injury time.

Juan Pablo Rodriguez scored twice for Santos Laguna, equalizing in the 41st and putting his team in the lead from the penalty spot in the 57th. Aldo Leao had given Morelia the lead in the 28th, with Carlos Morales equalizing in the 69th.