- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Marco Fabian scored twice as Cruz Azul defeated Tijuana 2-1 to maintain its three-point lead at the top of Mexico’s first division.

Toluca is in second place after beating Queretaro 2-0, and Pumas moved up to third following their 5-0 victory over Atlante.

In other games over the weekend, Santos Laguna defeated Pachuca 3-1, Chiapas drew 2-2 with America, Morelia overcame Monterrey 1-0, Chivas won 1-0 against Leon, Tigres defeated Puebla 1-0 and Atlas won 1-0 against Veracruz.

Fabian shot low from 25 yards (meters) to equalize for Cruz Azul two minutes after halftime in Saturday’s match and handed his team the lead in the 69th minute when he struck the ball past keeper Cirilo Saucedo from the edge of the penalty area.

Richard Ruiz had put Tijuana ahead just before halftime.

Paraguayan Pablo Velazquez headed in Toluca’s opener in the 65th minute of Friday’s match against Queretaro, with Edy Brambila increasing its lead five minutes later.

Martin Bravo scored twice in the first half Sunday for Pumas, with Ismael Sosa, Diego Lagos and Dario Veron getting the other goals.

Jurgen Damm scored in the 7th minute for Pachuca, but the squad struggled after Ecuadorian Jhon Pajoy was sent off in the 33rd. Andres Renteria, Javier Orozco and Oribe Peralta all scored second-half goals to give Santos Laguna the win.

America came from behind twice against Chiapas, getting the second equalizer from Juan Carlos Valenzuela in the 70th to salvage the draw.

Morelia’s only goal came in the 60th from Carlos Morales, who shot a free kick into the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Giovani Hernandez latched onto a throughball and finished at the near post for Chivas in the 6th.

Argentine Damian Alvarez played a one-two with Alan Pulido and curled in his team’s winner in the 82nd against Puebla.

Atlas’ Maikon Leite secured the three points with a finish from close range in the 24th.

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