Cruz Azul stays top despite defeat

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cruz Azul lost its first game of the Clausura season on Saturday, falling 3-0 to Tigres UANL in round ten of matches in Mexico's first division, but remains in first position.

Toluca is second, three points behind Cruz Azul after its 3-0 win against Puebla on Friday. In the relegation table, Atlante's 4-2 victory over Queretaro on Sunday moves it to within three points of Atlas, which could only draw 2-2 against Chiapas on Saturday.

In other results this weekend, Tijuana won 2-0 against Guadalajara, Santos Laguna defeated America 4-2, Veracruz won 1-0 at Leon, Pachuca overcame Monterrey 2-0, and Morelia beat Pumas UNAM 3-1.

Tigres had only scored three goals all season before the Cruz Azul game and opened the scoring when Brazilian Juninho slotted in a penalty in the 8th minute.

Alan Pulido headed in the second in the 28th, with U.S. international Jose Torres completing the scoring with a left foot shot in the 83rd, after Tigres' Carlos Salcido had been sent off for a foul in the 65th.

Toluca's convincing win over Puebla was started when Wilson Thiago tapped in to open the scoring in the 27th. Raul Nava converted a penalty for Toluca's second and Carlos Esquivel shot from 20 meters (yards) for the third.

Atlante's Michael Arroyo scored all four goals in the win over Querataro, which got both its goals from Brazilian Willian da Silva.

Chiapas came from two goals down to get a point against Atlas, with Carlos Ochoa scoring twice in the last half an hour. Atlas had gone ahead when Arturo Gonzalez volleyed into the goals in the 7th and extended their lead when Jose Ortigoza finished first time from a right wing cross.