Mexican League Wrap, Apr 2
Antonio Salazar scored twice as Chiapas ended league-leader UNAM Pumas' 11-game unbeaten start to the Mexican Clausura championship with a 3-1 win on Saturday.
Salazar gave Chiapas the lead at home against Pumas in the 19th minute with a right-footed finish from the edge of the box, and scored his second in the 25th after chesting down Damian Manso's pass and firing into the corner on the turn.
Edgar Andrade hit the third goal with a low free kick in the 33rd minute that seemed to wrong-foot Pumas goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios as Chiapas belied its lowly position in the general table.
Fernando Espinoza headed home from close range in the 77th minute after a mix up in the Chiapas defense in the second half, but it was too late for a Pumas comeback.
Pumas stayed atop Group 3 with 25 points despite the defeat, while Chiapas moved to 11 points but remained bottom of the same section.
Elsewhere Saturday, Santos had a 3-0 home win against Cruz Azul, UANL Tigres won 2-0 at home against Atlante, Queretaro beat visiting San Luis 3-2, and Atlas drew 1-1 at home to Estudiantes Tecos.
Diego Cocca got his first win as Santos coach after Darwin Quintero opened the scoring against Cruz Azul in the first minute. Ivan Estrada scored a second in the 31st and Juan Pablo Rodriguez completed the win with a penalty in the 74th.
Santos had gone five matches in the league without winning - four of those under Argentine coach Cocca - while Cruz Azul lost for the first time in six.
The result put Santos on 13 points in Group 1, with Cruz Azul staying on 21 in Group 3.
In Monterrey, Jesus Molina scored in the 55th and Francisco Acuna added another in the 86th as Tigres maintained its strong campaign with a 2-0 win over 10-man Atlante.
Atlante's woes began when Alex Diego was shown a red card in the 47th, with Tigres taking full advantage of the extra man to secure the win and move to 23 points, top of Group 1 and behind only Pumas in the general table.
Atlante remained on 16 points atop Group 2.
Meanwhile, Carlos Buenos scored two goals - including a late winner - as Queretaro recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat San Luis.
Osmar Mares had put San Luis ahead in the eighth minute and Juan Cuevas doubled the lead from Juan Carlos Medina's cross in the 21st, but things started to go wrong for the visiting side from then on.
Emilio Lopez cut the deficit from a free kick in the 29th and Bueno leveled the scores in the 38th. The Uruguayan striker then hit the winner in the 88th minute to boost Queretaro's hopes of avoiding relegation.
Queretaro moved to 14 points in Group 3, while San Luis has 16 points in Group 2.
In Saturday's late match, Carlos Costly scored for Atlas in the 40th, barely a minute after entering as a substitute. Costly's goal equalized Mauro Cejas' opener for Estudiantes in the 28th.
The draw moved Atlas into a four-way tie for top spot in Group 2 on 16 points, while Estudiantes climbed to 14 points in Group 1.