Mexican League Roundup, Feb. 14

BY foxsports • February 15, 2010

Pavel Pardo and Jean Beausejour scored either side of halftime to give America a 2-0 victory over Cruz Azul in Mexico's Clausura tournament Sunday.

Pardo scored from a free kick in the ninth minute, and the Chilean Beausejour made it 2-0 in the 52nd with a shot in the area. It was the 16th straight match that America has won or drawn against Mexico City rival Cruz Azul.

The victory improved America to nine points in the Clausura standings. Cruz Azul has only four points despite spending $7 million to improve the team going into this season. Chivas is the top club in Mexico with a perfect 15 points from five games.

In Sunday's other matches, Pumas drew 1-1 with Estudiantes, Pachuca defeated Puebla 5-3 and Defending champion Monterrey downed Tigres 2-1.

Pumas took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute after Pablo Barrera's goal, but, despite their superiority over Estudiantes, settled for a draw when Argentine Rubens Sambueza equalized with a penalty late in the first half. Estudiantes' Freddy Bareiro was sent off in the 23rd.

Ulises Mendivil scored in the 26th and 63rd minutes in Pachuca's win over Puebla. Damian Alvarez scored in the 32nd for Pachuca, while Francisco Torres found the net in the 84th and Dario Cvitanich scored in injury time.

Puebla's goals came from Alvaro Gonzalez in the 25th minute, Carlos Ruiz in the 44th and Marcelo Palau 14 minutes later.

Aldo de Nigris scored for Monterrey in the 23rd minute with a shot in the area that was set up from a corner. Argentine Neri Cardozo made it 2-0 in the 39th before Jesus Molina got one back for Tigres. Monterrey's win gives it 10 points on the standings.

On Saturday, Guadalajara Chivas defeated Atlante 2-0 for its fifth straight victory to start the season, a club record. Javier Hernandez and Alberto Medina scored.

In other matches: Santos Laguna defeated Toluca 1-0, Queretaro beat Jaguares 1-0, Morelia was a 3-0 winner over Atlas, and San Luis drew Indios 1-1.

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