Cruz Azul beats Pumas in derby

Cruz Azul beats Pumas in derby

Published Aug. 26, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Cruz Azul won the Mexico City derby against Pumas 1-0 on Sunday to remain undefeated in the Mexican first division after the sixth round.

The victory moves Cruz Azul to fourth place in the standings.

Toluca remained in first place after its 1-1 draw on Saturday against Tigres, which improved Toluca to 16 points. Tijuana defeated America 1-0 on Saturday to go into second on 13 points, while Morelia's 3-1 win over Leon on Friday moved it into third on 12 points.

In other results this weekend, Monterrey overcame Chivas 2-1, Puebla won 1-0 against San Luis, Pachuca and Santos Laguna drew 0-0, Atlante beat Atlas 1-0 and Jaguares defeated Queretaro 2-1.


Argentine Mariano Pavone headed home a right wing cross in the 69th minute to give Cruz Azul a deserved victory against rivals Pumas.

Toluca won its first five matches to start the season and took the lead in the 7th when Brazilian Lucas Silva struck a shot from 25 yards (meters) into the top left corner of the net.

Lucas Lobos equalized for Tigres nine minutes later with a header.

America's Christian Benitez penalty attempt sailed over the crossbar in the seventh minute of second-half injury time, meaning Cristian Pellerano's 25-yard (meter) strike in the 40th minute was enough to give Tijuana the three points.

Morelia was two goals up at halftime against Leon, with Ecuadorean Joao Rojas opening the scoring in the 16th and Joel Huiqui getting the second in the 26th. Matias Britos pulled one back for Leon five minutes after halftime, before a weak shot by Rojas went through goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez's legs and into the net in the 78th.

On Sunday, Chilean striker Humberto Suazo came off the bench at halftime and scored two second-half goals to overturn Chivas' first half lead.

Rafael Marquez Lugo put Chivas ahead in the 16th.

Puebla picked up its first win of the season, also Sunday, courtesy of a 3rd minute goal from Diego de Buen. San Luis remains winless in the league.

Pachuca had the better of the chances and possession against reigning champions Santos Laguna, but could not manage its first home win of the season.

Paraguayan international Osvaldo Martinez scored with a delicate chip for Atlante three minutes before halftime against Atlas.

An own-goal from Efrain Cortes in the 89th minute completed Jaguares* comeback victory.

Queretaro took the lead in the 62nd on a goal from Mitchel Oviedo, with Luis Gabriel Rey equalizing for Jaguares in the 77th.