MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Uruguay strikers Gonzalo Carneiro and Paraguayan ngel Romero scored in the first half as Cruz Azul kept alive their hopes of advancing to the Apertura playoffs after beating Mazatlan 2-0 on Sunday.
Carneiro scored in the 21st minute by taking advantage of a mistake by Spanish defender Jorge Mere. Romero gave direction to the game by converting a penalty in the 45th.
With the result, the machine broke a string of two defeats and already has 15 points with it in 13th place.
In Mexico, the first four teams have direct access to the league for the title. The next eight quarters meet in a qualification to complete the final round.
This is the second win in four matches at the stage for coach Ral “Potro” Gutierrez as he relieved Uruguay’s Diego Aguirre, who was dismissed due to poor results in his first tournament in the country.
Mazatlán, who was left with 10 men from 35 minutes due to Raul Sandoval’s takedown, remains with 15 units in the eleventh leg.
Cruz Azul took the lead when I failed to clear a ball over the line and crashed it onto Carneiro’s leg to put it into the back of the net.
Machine came close to extending the lead in the 27th minute, but Uriel Antuna sent his shot over the goal.
Before the break, Venezuela’s Eduard Belo made a handball inside the field for a penalty which Romero completed with a powerful shot to the right by Uruguayan Nicolas Viconis.
In the supplement, La Maquina downplayed the revolutions and didn’t know how to capitalize on a man’s advantage on the field on the scoreboard.
the champion is dying
Uruguay striker Abel Hernández scored a brace in the gap of five minutes of extra time as Atlético de San Luis beat champions Atlas 3–1 from behind, flirting with an early elimination.
Christopher Trejo put Fox ahead in the 40th minute, but Hernandez reversed it in the 60th and 65th minutes.
Zahid Munoz added a goal in the 87th minute to score for the Atlético de Madrid branch in Mexico, reaching 18 points to move up to eighth.
Atlas, the third two-time champion in Mexico since the establishment of two tournaments per year in 1996, remains with only 10 points in the final stage among 18 teams.
they beat XOLOS
Eric Sánchez signed a double, Ecuador’s Romário Ibarra, Colombian Aviles Hurtado and Argentina’s Nicolas Sánchez scored a goal each as Pachuca beat Tijuana 6–1.
Ibarra rocked the nets in 20 minutes, then Sanchez scored on 22 and 52, Hurtado added a goal on 72, Ibanez was on the scoreboard on 73. Viktor Guzmán sealed the account on 81 with his own goal.
Pachuka won for the fifth time in his last six matches and already has 28 points, with which he is third in the table.
Argentina’s Pedro Alexis Canelo dropped on 46 for Xolos, who suffered a fourth loss in their last five games and remained in 14th place with 15 points.