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Mexico Apertura 2007 Weekly Review – Round 10

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Cody Strunk

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Santos remain unbeaten and at the top of the pile in Mexico, although they will be disappointed at letting a two-goal advantage slip in their 2:2 draw at Jaguares Chiapas. An own goal from Jose Gutierrez and a Christian Benitez header put Santos in command after just 14-minutes, but Argentinean striker Javier Campora put Jaguares back in contention early in the second-half and defender Melvin Brown headed them level four minutes from time.

As a consequence of Santos dropping points, Atlante moved to within two points of the leaders with a 2:0 win over Toluca. A 68th minute strike from Giancarlo Maldonado broke the deadlock before Paulo Da Silva put through his own net to make the points safe.

Two goals from Argentinean striker Alfredo Moreno (taking his season’s tally to 12) put San Luis two goals to the good at Monterrey, only for Gerardo Jimenez’s team to battle back to level terms through Luis Ernesto Perez and substitute Carlos Ochoa. Veteran Argentinean midfielder Eduardo German Coudet won it for San Luis though with a goal six-minutes from time.

UNAM Pumas handed out an eighth defeat of the campaign to Atlas, although the visitors battled all the way before going down 3:2. All the goals came in the second period and all were scored by Argentineans, with Esteban Solari scoring twice to put Pumas 2:0 ahead on the hour before their former striker Bruno Marioni pulled one back for Atlas on 65-minutes. Within a minute Ignacio Scocco had restored Pumas two-goal advantage, but Marioni struck again for the visitors on 77-minutes.

The big Mexico City derby between America and Cruz Azul finished all square. Paraguayan international Salvador Cabanas put America ahead, but goals from Gerardo Torrado and a Miguel Sabah header put Cruz Azul in the driving seat before Hernan Rodrigo Lopez levelled things up on the stroke of half-time.

Javier Restrepo gave Veracruz an early advantage at Guadalajara, but Chivas battled back to win 3:1 with goals from Alberto Medina, a Ramon Morales penalty and an injury-time effort from Sergio Santana. UAG Tecos were also winners in Guadalajara, seeing off Morelia 3:2. Hugo Droguett put Tecos ahead in three-minutes, but the visitors turned the game in their favour following goals from Gabriel Choy Gonzalez and Luis Angel Landin. Gerardo Torres headed Tecos level 15-minutes from time and Mauro Cejas bagged the winner seven minutes from the end.

Elsewhere, Pachuca required an injury-time goal from substitute Damian Alvarez to secure a 1:1 draw at home to Necaxa, with Fabiano Pereira having put the visitors in front midway through the second-half. Puebla climbed the table thanks to a 3:0 win over UANL Tigres, with two goals from Alvaro Gonzalez and another from Sergio Rosas.

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