Mexican League Roundup, Mar. 21

BY foxsports • March 22, 2010

The UNAM Pumas scored twice within three minutes to beat Jaguares 2-0 on Sunday for their fourth win in five matches in the Mexican Clausura tournament.

In the other three matches Sunday, Group 3 leader Santos defeated Puebla 2-1, Ciudad Juarez beat Queretaro 1-0 and America and Pachuca had a 2-all draw.

In Saturday matches, Group 2 leader Monterrey had a 2-1 win over Group 1 leader Chivas to take the overall lead in the three group Clausura tournament.

Monterrey has 26 points after 11 rounds, followed by Chivas (25) and Santos (24).

Pumas moved into second place in Group 3 with 20 points, four points behind Santos, via goals from Ismael Iniguez and David Lopez in the 53rd and 55th minutes.

"We keep getting closer to the main objective which is to qualify for the postseason", said Pumas midfielder Israel Castro. "The team is improving each week".

The Jaguars had a couple of scoring chances including a shot by Christian Valdez that rattled the Pumas goalpost in the 10th but after Christian Alvarez was sent off in the 31st minute, the match was dominated by the hosts.

"We were playing great before the red card, but we gave Pumas the ball and that killed us," Valdez said.

Later on, at estadio Azteca, Antonio Lopez' 67th-minute goal salvaged a 2-2 draw for America against Pachuca.

Angel Reyna gave the Eagles the lead in the 28th, but Dario Cvitanich equalized from a penalty kick in the 41st and Edgar Benitez gave Pachuca the lead in the 63rd before Lopez' equalizer.

In Ciudad Juarez, the Indians won for the first time in their last 27 matches to retain a slim chance of staying in Mexico's top flight.

Julio Frias scored in the 38th for Ciudad Juarez, which needs to win all of its remaining seven matches to avoid relegation.

In Torreon, Colombian striker Darwin Quintero in the 38th and Argentine Daniel Luduena in the 44th scored for Santos, which has not lost a match since the third round.


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