Mexican League Roundup, Sep. 18
Emanuel Villa, Maximiliano Biancucchi and Adrian Cortes all scored Saturday as Mexican league leader Cruz Azul extended its winning run to five straight games with a 3-0 home victory over Queretaro.
Villa headed in the opening goal in the 27th minute, Biancucchi scored the second from close range six minutes later and Cortes hit the third from a free kick in stoppage time.
Later Saturday, Monterrey and Santos won their matches to cut Cruz Azul's lead to three points.
Unbeaten Monterrey cruised to a 2-0 home win on a waterlogged pitch against Atlas, while Santos rallied to beat Necaxa 2-1 at home.
In the day's other results, San Luis had a 1-0 home win over Pachuca, Atlante won 2-0 at home against Morelia and Chiapas handed a nine-man Guadalajara its first domestic loss at the new Omnilife stadium with a 3-0 victory.
Matches continue Sunday with Puebla hosting UANL Tigres and Toluca visited by America.
On Friday, UAG Estudiantes drew 2-2 with UNAM Pumas.
Argentine striker Villa scored his fourth goal of the Apertura tournament to give Cruz Azul the lead over Queretaro, heading in from Julio Dominguez' left wing cross.
Fellow Argentine forward Biancucchi prodded in the second goal six minutes later after a passing move culminated with Javier Orozco heading back across goal to invite a simple finish.
Cruz Azul eased off in the second half but controlled the game with long periods of possession.
Cortes almost provided a third goal for the home side with a cross into the box that fell between Villa and Orozco in the 58th minute. Biancucchi then let fly with a rising shot from long distance that Queretaro goalkeeper Carlos Bossio stopped.
Queretaro's best chance of cutting the deficit came from former Cruz Azul defender Joaquin Beltran, who clipped a near-post corner just over the bar in the 63rd minute.
Cruz Azul finished the match strongest, with Christian Gimenez driving a low shot wide in the 79th minute before Cortes scored his side's third with a free kick curled over the wall in the second minute of stoppage time.
At Monterrey, Aldo De Nigris opened the scoring for Monterrey with a finish at the back post following goalkeeper Pedro Hernandez' failure to deal with Jose Maria Basanta's cross in the 53rd minute.
Humberto Suazo scored his eighth goal in as many games to stretch the lead in the 59th as Monterrey coped better than Atlas with the slippery conditions caused by heavy rain at the Tecnologico stadium.
Shortly after, Atlas substitute Jorge Achucarro was shown a red card less than 10 minutes after entering the fray.
Monterrey remains the only unbeaten team in the tournament.
At Torreon, Juan Carlos Mosqueda opened the scoring for Necaxa from Everaldo Barbosa's cross in the 40th minute, but Santos drew level just before the break with a goal from Felipe Baloy.
Cristian Benitez scored the winner in stoppage time for Santos time to remain the league's top scorer with his ninth goal of the season.
Guadalajara suffered its first league defeat at home since moving to the new Omnilife Stadium this season after a hat trick from Chiapas striker Carlos Ochoa.
Ochoa, who was sent to play with the reserves in the second division when playing for Guadalajara in 2009, opened the scoring in the 15th minute after a weak defensive header from Christian Perez.
Omar Bravo was shown a red card in the 34th minute and Guadalajara was reduced to nine men when Patricio Araujo was sent off in the 55th.
Chiapas left it late to make the numerical advantage count, but Ochoa finally added two late goals to take revenge on his former employers.
An early goal from Othoniel Arce was enough for San Luis to claim a second straight victory and take all three points in the home match against Pachuca.
Arce forced the ball over the line from a right wing cross by Amaury Ponce in the 10th minute to inflict a fourth defeat on Pachuca, which hasn't won since the opening day.
In the day's final match, Andres Carevic hit the opening goal in the 63rd minute and Johan Fano added a second from a free kick in the 82nd to give Atlante a win over Morelia.