Cruz Azul stays top despite defeat

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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.

Tijuana’s Dario Benedetto shot into the top corner from 25 meters (yards) in the 22nd to put his team ahead against Chivas, and Ecuadorian Jaime Ayovi completed the scoring in the 73rd.

America went two goals up within 15 minutes against Santos Laguna, with Rubens Sambueza and Andres Rios netting but Santos roared back. Darwin Quintero pulled one back with a finish from a tight angle in the 35th, before, in the second half, Andres Renteria drilled a shot in, Oribe Peralta twisted past two defenders to finish and Juan Pablo Rodriguez converted a penalty.

Veracruz’s Luis Sanchez scored the sole goal in second-half stoppage time to secure a win against reigning champion Leon.

Pachuca’s Ecuador international Enner Valencia burst past three defenders and finished at the near post for the opening goal against Monterrey in the 29th and added his second in the 53rd from close range.

Morelia fell behind to a volley by Pumas’ Martin Bravo in the 45th, but goals from Armando Zamorano, Duvier Riascos and Hector Mancilla in the second half gave it the three points.

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