Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Toluca comes back and hands Chivas its first defeat

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — A late-minute goal from midfielder Marcel Ruiz helped Toluca beat Chivas 2-1 on Saturday to suffer its first loss in Mexico’s Clausura tournament.

Chile’s Valber Huerta scored an own goal in the 31st minute, but Paraguayan Carlos Gonzalez equalized in the 59th minute and Ruiz reversed the score with a header in the 83rd minute.

With the result, the Red Devils moved up to four points with one game less and find themselves in fourth place above Guadalajara, which has the same crop but worse goal difference.

The “Sacred Flock” did not have much power in attack, where they missed two of their absent starters, Alexis Vega and José Juan Macías, due to knee injuries.

Chivas took the lead when Fernando Beltran raced down the line from the right and sent a cross into the six-yard box, where Huerta deflected the ball deep.

Toluca equalized when Uruguayan Maximiliano Araújo sent a cross from the left into the area, where González beat his markers in the jump and converted with a powerful header.

The Red Devils completed the comeback with a long pass from Brazilian Camilo Sanvezo to Ruiz, who connected with a header in the center of the area and converted through the center of Miguel Jiménez’s goal.

puebla steals tie

With annotations from Uruguay’s Emmanuel Gualarte and Gaston Silva, Puebla saved a 2–2 tie against the US which continues without a win in the Clausura tournament.

Henry Martin put the Eagles ahead on 37 minutes, Silva leveled on 37, American Alejandro Zendejas restored the local advantage on 66, but Gualarte declared final parity with a header on 75.

Puebla avoided its second loss of the tournament and has four units, with which it is placed in sixth place.

The US equalized their third draw and remained winless in 13th place awaiting other results to date.

The Eagles took the lead when Zendejas sent a cross from the right into the heart of the box, where Martin headed home Paraguay goalkeeper Anthony Silva.

Puebla equalized from a corner kick, which Silva converted with a shot from the center of Oscar Jimenez’s goal.

America took the lead with a great goal from Zendejas, who received a cross from the left and volleyed into the top right corner of Silva.

During the week, FIFA sanctioned Mexico, who would lose two friendly matches on the table and was called up by the United States for warm-up matches scheduled for this month, after the national team improperly fielded Zendejas. $10,900 to be paid after departure.

The local celebrations for the great goal by Zendejas did not last long, as in another stalled ball, Gualarte beat defender Israel Reyes in a jump and struck a header that penetrated Jimenez’s right.

machine does not start

Spanish forward Edgar Mendez scored early in the match as Nexa beat Cruz Azul 1–0.

Mendez, a former Machine player, scored the only goal of the match and it was enough to earn Rayos their first win of the tournament.

Necaxa has three points and is in tenth place.

Cruz Azul fails and remains 15th among 18 teams in the first division with one point.

“twin” shines

Rogelio Funes Mori scored a hat-trick as Monterrey beat Atlético de San Luis 3–1 to secure their second win of the tournament.

The striker, born in Argentina but who played for Mexico at the World Cup in Qatar, scored his two goals for Rayados after 16 and 67 minutes.

Funes Mori now has 143 goals in the Monterrey jersey, three of them in the Clausura where he shares the lead among scorers with Frenchman Andre-Pierre Gignac and Colombian Luis Quiñones.

Monterrey collects six points with which it is placed in second place and awaits other results for the third date.

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