Mexican League Roundup, Apr. 13
Christian Gimenez scored twice as Cruz Azul claimed a comfortable 3-0 home win over defending champion Monterrey in the Mexican Clausura championship Wednesday.
Gimenez opened the scoring for Cruz Azul with a shot from the edge of the box in the 28th minute and doubled the lead with a first-time strike into the bottom corner from 30 yards (meters) in the 69th.
Villa scored the third with a downward header from a corner three minutes later to end Cruz Azul's run of two league defeats. The victory was also some revenge for Cruz Azul after losing to Monterrey in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Champions League a week ago.
Cruz Azul moved to 24 points in third place in Group 3, while Monterrey dropped to third place in Group 1 with 21 points.
UNAM Pumas lead the general standings with 29 points from 14 games. Morelia is second with 27, with Tigres third on 26.
Necaxa threw away a two-goal lead and is on the brink of relegation after Estudiantes Tecos rallied to draw 2-2.
Pablo Quattrocchi opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Cristian Suarez scored a penalty to put Necaxa two ahead in the 66th.
Israel Lopez pulled a goal back in the 77th and Eduardo Lillingston equalized in the 90th minute. Necaxa's ruined night was completed when Dario Gandin was sent off in stoppage time.
Estudiantes has 16 points in Group 1, three ahead of Necaxa, which is bottom in the same section.
In Torreon, Daniel Luduena hit two first-half goals as Santos thrashed Puebla 4-0.
Cristian Benitez and Jaime Toledo scored in the second half to round out the win that moved Santos to 17 points in Group 1. Puebla is well off the pace on 14 points in Group 3.
Elsewhere, Marco de la Mora gave Guadalajara the lead in the 13th minute against Toluca, but an own goal from Hector Reynoso leveled the scores two minutes later.
Xavier Baez gave Guadalajara the lead for the second time in the 68th and Chivas held out to move to 24 points, leapfrogging Monterrey into second place in Group 1.
Tigres leads that group after Hector Mancilla scored twice in a 4-2 win over Pachuca.
Franco Arizala put Pachuca ahead in the 38th, but was sent off in the 56th after Mancilla had leveled just before half time.
Mancilla scored again in the 62nd and Lucas Lobos and Alan Pulido gave Tigres breathing space with goals in the 71st and 90th.
American international striker Herculez Gomez got a consolation for Pachuca, which remains bottom of Group 2 with 16 points.
Atlante cruised past relegation-threatened Queretaro with four different scorers as the home side finished a miserable night with 10 men.
Alex Diego, Mario Ortiz and Christian Bermudez racked up three goals in the first half and Jeronimo Cevallos added a fourth for Atlante in the 64th after Raul Ferro's red card just before half time.
Carlos Bueno hit an 85th-minute penalty for Queretaro to make the final score 4-1 to the visitors.
The win put Atlante atop Group 2 with 22 points, while Queretaro has 15 points in Group 3.
The 18 clubs in the Mexican top flight are split into three groups with the top two in each section qualifying for playoffs to decide the champion.
Relegation is based on a separate table of average points earned per game in the top division by each club over a three-year period