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Mexico Apertura 2007 Weekly Review – Round 11

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Cody Strunk

Although Cody Strunk may have a name more in keeping with those who don low-quality knitwear on USA golf courses, his passion is very much for the beautiful game...
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18/11/2007 10:00:00.
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Table-topping Santos twice battled back from a goal down to beat UNAM Pumas 3:2 and retain both their unbeaten record this term and top spot in the table. Pablo Barrera put the visitors ahead two minutes before the break, but a Daniel Luduena penalty drew Santos level before half-time. Pumas restored their advantage early in the second-half through Ignacio Scocco, but Christian Benitez again quickly equalised for Santos. Luduena was then dismissed for Santos, but Alex Diego picked up a second yellow card for Pumas o even up the numbers, before Benitez sealed the points for Santos with a header on 83-minutes.

Staying hot on the heels of the leaders is Atlante, 2:0 winners at Veracruz. David Toledo put the visitors in front on 14-minutes, but it wasn’t until the 87th minute that Giancarlo Maldonado made the points safe.

Toluca continue to lead the chasing pack, with a 3:1 victory over America keeping Jose Pekerman’s team on track for the play-offs. Christian Eduardo Gimenex put Toluca ahead on 10-minutes, but the defining point of the game was the dismissal of America’s national team defender Duilio Davino on 37-minutes. Paulo Da Silva doubled Toluca’s lead with a header on 57-minutes and, although German Villa pulled one back for America on 62-minutes, Vicente Sanchez sealed the win with 14-minutes remaining.

The surprise result of the round was at San Luis, where Puebla came away with a 3:0 victory. Two goals in quick succession just before the break from Luis Miguel Noriega and Alvaro Gonzalez put Puebla in control and substitute Mateo Figoli made the points safe late on.

A goal on five-minutes from Carlos Ochoa gave Monterrey an early lead away to Cruz Azul, but two goals from highly-rated teenager Cesar Villaluz on 31 and 72 minutes turned the game in favour of the team from the capital. A late red card for Monterrey defender Felipe Baloy ended any hopes of a fight-back for the visitors.

The indifferent form of Pachuca continues, with the defending champions going down 2:1 at home to Guadalajara. All the goals came in the opening 45-minutes, with Sergio Santana and Alberto Medina putting the visitors’ two goals to the good before Juan Carlos Cacho pulled a goal back for Pachuca just before the break. A second yellow card for Pachuca striker Christian Gimenez on 68-minutes was the only notable incident after the break.

Elsewhere there were 1:1 draws between both UANL Tigres and Jaguares Chiapas and Necaxa and Morelia. Tigres took the lead on the half-hour through veteran Urguayan striker Sebastian Abreu, but Jaguares secured a point thanks to Adolfo Bautista a minute from time. An Ignacio Carrasco free-kick gave Morelia the lead at Necaxa on the brink of half-time, although the visitors’ goalkeeper Moises Munoz had earlier saved a Fabiano Pereira penalty. Parity was eventually restored courtesy of substitute Hector Horacio Gimenez.

At the foot of the table Atlas finally secured their first, long overdue, victory of the season, with a 3:2 win at home to UAG Tecos. Christian Valdez and Bruno Marioni put Atlas in control with goals just before the break, but Hugo Droguett headed Tecos back into contention on 74-minutes. Hernan Encina effectively made the points safe for Atlas 10-minutes from time, although Droguett grabbed a second goal for Tecos to ensure a nervy last few minutes.

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