Mexican League Roundup, Sep. 11

BY foxsports • September 12, 2010

Horacio Cervantes, Javier Orozco and Christian Gimenez scored to give Cruz Azul a 3-1 win at Atlas on Saturday and the outright lead in the Mexican Apertura tournament.

Humberto Suazo scored the winning goal just after half time as Monterrey beat UANL Tigres in the northeast derby match, while Santos suffered a surprise 5-2 loss against Queretaro.

The results put Cruz Azul atop the standings with 18 points from seven matches, with Monterrey and Santos three points further back.

Elsewhere, Chiapas thrashed Puebla 4-0, Pachuca was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Guadalajara and UAG Estudiantes won 1-0 at 10-man Atlante.

Matches continue Sunday with Morelia vs. America and UNAM Pumas vs. San Luis.

On Friday, defending champion Toluca drew 1-1 at Necaxa.

Cervantes opened the scoring for Cruz Azul against winless Atlas with a header in the 15th minute and the light blues took a two-goal lead into half time when Orozco took advantage of a defensive mistake to score in the 34th.

Gregorio Torres pulled a goal back for Atlas after a pass from Hebert Alferez in the 75th minute and the game looked to be in the balance when Cervantes was shown a second yellow card and sent off for a tug on Alferez.

Cruz Azul made the game safe when Gimenez broke free on the edge of the box and hit a low diagonal shot past goalkeeper Jose Canales in the 88th minute.

The defeat left Atlas bottom of the table and still looking for a first win.

Suazo scored the decisive goal for Monterrey against Tigres after just 30 seconds of the second half to take his personal tally to seven goals from seven games since returning from a loan spell at Spanish side Real Zaragoza last season.

The Chilean striker received a pass from Osvaldo Martinez and cut inside his marker before unleashing a half volley from the edge of the box that beat Cirilo Saucedo in the Tigres goal.

Tigres has eight points from seven matches played so far.

Earlier Saturday, Uruguayan striker Sergio Blanco scored three goals as Queretaro secured a surprise win over early pace-setter Santos.

Christian Benitez scored his eighth goal of the tournament to give Santos the lead in the fourth minute, but Joaquin Beltran pulled Queretaro level after goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez failed to deal with a corner in the 27th.

As the first half closed, Blanco put Queretaro in front with a left-footed shot past substitute goalkeeper Miguel Becerra, who had replaced the injured Sanchez.

Blanco made the score 3-1 with a close-range finish in the 69th, before defender Eder Borelli scored an own goal from Juan Pablo Rodriguez's cross to pull Santos back to 3-2 two minutes later.

Blanco completed his hat-trick with a goal from Hector Altamirano's cross in the 87th minute and the provider then turned goalscorer to complete the victory with a strike from long distance in the closing stages.

In Chiapas, Carlos Ochoa scored twice to give mid-table Jaguars a home win over Puebla, which started the day in fourth position on the table.

Ochoa struck in the 43rd and 56th minutes, while Christian Valdez in the 52nd and Jorge Rodriguez in the 60th were also on the scoresheet.

Franco Arizala scored the equalizer for Pachuca in the 57th minute after Patricio Araujo had opened the scoring for Guadalajara in the 40th.

The point left Guadalajara on nine points, while Pachuca is struggling to make an impact with just six points so far.

Alberto Ramirez scored with five minutes remaining as Estudiantes overcame an Atlante side reduced to 10 men by Rene Garcia's red card in the 75th.

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