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February 28, 2016
Match Day 8 roundup

Veracruz 0, Pumas 0
Veracruz (0-5-3, 5 pts) and Pumas battled to a scoreless draw Friday at rainy Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.

Pumas (2-4-2, 10) had the best chance of the first half, with Luis Quinones putting an early shot on goal only to have it swept off the line by defender Rodrigo Noya.

Veracruz found their rhythm after the intermission, but were kept off the board by 'keeper Alejandro Palacios, who came up with clutch saves on Julio Furch, Fernando Meneses and Edgar Andrade.

Cruz Azul 4, Monterrey 0
Jorge Benitez led the way with two goals as Cruz Azul routed table-topping Monterrey 4-0 Saturday at Estadio Azul.

Omar Mendoza roofed a header to put La Maquina (3-4-1, 13 pts) on the board in the tenth minute. Benitez completed his brace before halftime, scoring in the 29th and 41st minutes, and Christian Gimenez closed things out in the 72nd.

The rout might have been even more lopsided, but Rayados 'keeper Jonathan Orozco stopped a 33rd-minute penalty kick by Joffre Guerron. The loss cut Monterrey's lead in the standings to one point over second place Pachuca, at 6-0-2 and 18 points.

Benitez was sent off in the 90th minute after picking up his second yellow card.

Santos Laguna 1, Puebla 1
Ulises Davila scored in the 64th minute to lift Santos Laguna (3-2-3, 11 pts) into a 1-1 tie with Puebla Saturday at Estadio Azul.

Matias Alustiza gave La Franja (3-3-2, 12) a 1-0 lead with a penalty kick in the 15th minute, after Adrian Aldrete fouled Christian Valdez, but a red card to midfielder Francisco Torres in the 27th left Puebla shorthanded for the remainder of the match. Davila capitalized seconds after entering as a substitute, with a hard shot from the center of the penalty area.

Tigres 4, America 1
Tigres (4-2-2, 14 pts) scored four goals in the final18 minutes on their way to a 4-1 win over Club America Saturday at Estadio Universitario.

It was the 400th career Liga MX win for Tigres coach Ricardo Ferretti.

America (3-3-2, 12) also got off to a slow start, but took a 1-0 lead when Jesus Moreno finished a counterattack started by Rubens Sambueza by scoring from the top of the penalty area in the 69th minute. Damian Alvarez forced a turnover and leveled the score with a right-footer three minutes later, and Juninho won the game from the penalty spot in the 75th. Tigres turned the game into a rout with a rapid-fire pair of late goals, by Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 83rd minute and Rafael Sobis from distance in the 84th.

Chiapas 3, Leon 1
Silvio Romero scored two goals in as many minutes to lead Chiapas (2-2-3, 8 pts) past Leon 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.

Romero scored in the 32nd and 34th minutes. Aviles Hurtado set up both goals. Luis Venegas stretched Jaguares' lead to 3-0 in the 81st, running onto a long service from Danilinho, eight minutes before Leon's Guillermo Burdisso spoiled the shutout with a header to the upper left corner.

The Esmeraldas finish the week in third place with 15 points (5-0-3).

Morelia 1, Queretaro 1
Morelia (2-4-1, 10 pts) rallied to a dramatic 1-1 draw with Queretaro Saturday at Estadio Morelos.

Pablo Velazquez leveled the score in the 90th minute, with a header off a corner kick. The Gallos Blancos (2-2-4, 8) led for much of the match after Luis Noriega scored with a long blast to the lower corner in the 11th minute.

Dorados de Sinaloa 2, Atlas 1
Dorados de Sinaloa notched their first points of the Clausura season--and staved off the threat of relegation for at least one more week-- with Saturday's 2-1 win over Atlas at Estadio Banorte.

Jairo Gonzalez scored the deciding goal, in the 60th minute.

Dorados (1-0-7, 3 pts) took a 1-0 lead on Milton Caraglio's 30th-minute penalty kick. Gonzalo Bergessio equalized barely a minute into the second half.

The Zorros are in 14th place at 2-2-4 (8).

Pachuca 1, Toluca 0
Hirving Lozano scored the only goal second-place Pachuca (5-2-1, 17 pts) needed to edge Toluca 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Lozano connected seconds after the opening kickoff, set up by a backheel service from Franco Jara.

Dario Bottinelli had the Diablos Rojos' best chance to equalize, cracking a free kick off the bar in the 80th minute.

Toluca fall to 1-4-3 (7).

Chivas 1, Tijuana 1
Chivas de Guadalajara squandered an early lead, settling for a 1-1 draw with Tijuana Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.

Isaac Brizuela put The Herd on the board in the sixth minute, off a give-and-go with Angel Zaldivar, but an own goal by Chivas defender Edwin Hernandez let Xolos back into the game.

Tijuana held on for the point despite losing midfielder Elio Castro to a red card in the 58th minute. Castro earned back-to-back yellow cards within a one-minute span.

Chivas remain winless at 0-6-2 (6 pts). Tijuana are in eighth place at 2-5-1 (11).

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