MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Argentina striker German Bertreme scored twice on Saturday as Monterrey beat Cruz Azul 3-2 to claim its first win in the Mexican Clausura tournament.
Uriel Antuna put La Maquina ahead in the 28th minute, but Bertram equalized in the 42nd minute and then scored in the 76th minute to seal victory for the visitors at the capital’s Azteca Stadium.
Rogelio Funes Mori added a goal in the 50th minute for Rayados, who started the Clausura with a home defeat against Chivas.
Monterrey now add three points with which it is in seventh place in the table, waiting for the other results of the second day.
“Of course, victory is always comforting, our first participation on the road was good, we lost and it was necessary for us to get a result,” said coach Viktor Manuel Vucetich. “It is important to see that we are a team that always knows how to overcome adversity.”
Bertram scored an own goal in the 79th minute to score the second for the Machine, who were winless after two games and remained 13th in the standings with one point.
“We were on the right track, we had a friendly tournament that was won and we didn’t expect this start,” admitted goalkeeper Jesús Corona. “You have to row the boat against the current, no positive results have been achieved and now is the time to seek victory.”
The match was further complicated by La Machina after 52 minutes, being left with 10 players due to the expulsion of Ecuadorian Michael Estrada.
eagles don’t fly
With a penalty goal by Henry Martin in the second half, America saved a 2–2 draw against Toluca.
Paraguay’s Carlos Gonzalez put the hosts ahead in the eighth minute, Uruguay’s Brian Rodriguez equalized in the 16th minute and Carlos Orantia restored Diablos Rojos’ lead in the 23rd minute, before Martin equalized in the 76th minute announced.
The US collected their second draw of the tournament and moved up two points to be placed in eleventh place.
Toluca, which missed its first match against Atlas, collects one point with which it is in 12th place.
the saints react
Diego Medina scored a double as Santos beat the Pumas 3–0 to leave them bottom of the table.
The 21-year-old Medina scored his goals in the 16th and 62nd minutes for Guerreros, who beat Tigres 3-0.
Colombian Harold Preciado converted the penalty in the 87th minute for Santos, who now have three points, have moved from last place in the championship to eighth with two games remaining in the second round.
The Pumas suffered their first defeat under new coach Rafael Puente del Rio and remain in tenth place with three points.