Mexican Apertura 2011 Round 2: Free-scoring Monterrey, Santos highlight exciting weekend

Monterrey came back from two goals down to romp to a 4-2 win over newly-promote Tijuana, while Santos Laguna, Chivas and Pumas all have six points from their first two games
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Cruz Azul 2-1 Atlas

Atlas took a shock lead at the Estadio Azul when Hugo Rodriguez took advantage of some slack marking to finish in the 32nd minute. The visitors took their lead into halftime, but it didn't last long after. Adrian Cortes found himself on the end of a well-worked move in the 47th minute, finishing off a cross from Gerardo Cortes, and then set up the winner in the 71st minute. Cortes swung in a perfect free kick from left flank, allowing Emanuel Villa to power home a header to give Cruz Azul its first win of the Apertura.

Queretaro FC 0-0 UANL Tigres

Queretaro and Tigres canceled each other out in the only goalless game of the round, a result that leaves both teams without a win so far. Hector Mancilla thought he had put Tigres ahead off a corner early in the first half, but the goal was annulled for a foul by a Tigres player in the area. Queretaro's best look came as Franco Niell rose to redirect a header on target, but Tigres goalkeeper Enrique Palos got down well to save. Both sides were left to rue their poor finishing, as neither could break the deadlock in the second half despite a few good chances on either end.

Santos Laguna 3-0 Atlante

Santos Laguna cruised to a 3-0 home win over Atlante, a result that saw it go top of the Primera Division table on goal difference. Ecuadorian striker Christian Suarez put Santos on top in the 17th minute after he latched on to a long pass and rounded the goalkeeper to finish. Santos got its second just after the break as Carlos Morales beat his man and squared for a wide open Darwin Quintero, who easily finished. Quintero was saved from serious embarrassment late on when his diving clearance rebounded off his own crossbar, and seconds later, Santos broke down the field and completed the rout with an excellent turn and finish from Carlos Ochoa outside the penalty area. Atlante is the only team that has yet to score after two rounds.

Monterrey 4-2 Tijuana

An first half brace from Dayro Moreno and U.S.-born Joe Corona vaulted Tijuana to an unexpected lead, but the newly promoted visitor couldn't keep it together for its first ever Primera win. Sergio Santana took advantage of some slack marking to pull one back and Lucho Pérez equalized from the penalty spot in the 49th minute. The second half was all Monterrey and it was only a matter of time before the free-scoring Monterrey sealed the result with a quickfire double from Walter Ayovi and Cesar Delgado.

San Luis 2-1 Estudiantes Tecos

Two penalties made the difference, and despite a goal from American striker Herculez Gomez, Tecos fell 2-1 at San Luis, which claimed its first three points of the season. Jose Gonzalez put the home side ahead early on, arriving at the top of the area to finish off a well-worked move and cross from Alfredo Moreno. Estudiantes found themselves with a fantastic chance to equalize after Eduardo Lillingston was hauled down in the area, but Rubens Sambueza contrived to put his chipped penalty over the bar. Gomez rose up to eventually equalize just after the break, emphatically heading home a corner. There was late drama, though, as Wilmer Aguirre equalized from the spot after the home side was awarded a 92nd minute penalty, while each side had a player sent off for a scuffle immediately following the goal.

Monarcas Morelia 0-1 UNAM Pumas

Luis  Fuentes scored the lone goal as Pumas triumphed over Morelia in a rematch of the 2011 Apertura final. Fuentes rose up to power home a corner kick from Javier Cortés in the 17th minute, which stood as the eventual winner. Morelia's strong play on the flanks was unable to effect any change in the scoreline, even as Pumas' Michelle Arturo Castro was sent off in the 77th minute for a studs-up challenge on Marvin Cabrera.

Puebla 2-2 Pachuca

Puebla got off to a flying start in search of a second straight win to open the Apertura, but was pegged back by a resilient Pachuca outfit. Duvier Riascos opened the scoring with a well-taken finish as American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley notched his first assist with his new team, while Luis García made it 2-0 when he cleaned up the scraps from another good move. However, Pachuca came out a different team in the second half – Enrique Esqueda pulled one back before Jamie Ayovi pounced in the 84th minute to secure a valuable draw for the visitors.

Toluca 1-1 América

A standout performance from Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera stymied an América side that had a man advantage for most of the game. Uruguayan forward continued his hot start to life in Mexico, scoring easily after just two minutes after winger Nestor Calderon did well to keep an attacking move alive. Toluca's lead lasted until the 22nd minute, when Christian Benitez's fantastic individual effort set up Matias Vuoso, who tapped in on the far post from five yards out. Things went from bad to worse for Toluca, as Edgar Duenas was sent off minutes later for clattering hard into Vicente Sanchez, but a fine performance from Talavera saw Toluca hold on for the remaining hour to earn a draw.

Chivas 2-1 Jaguares de Chiapas

After an open but scoreless first half, Jackson Martinez gave Jaguares a shock lead just after the break, putting in the rebound after Franco Arizala hit the bar from some distance out. However, Chivas roared back, and equalized through Omar Arellano in the 67th minute after he was left unmarked on a corner kick. Four minutes later, Chivas scored a worthy winner, as Marco Fabian collected a pass from Julio Nava and coolly finished past Edgar Hernandez to give Chivas six points from a possible six to start the campaign.

Player of the Week: Alfredo Talavera, Toluca, for standing on his head in goal, making six saves to preserve a draw for ten-man Toluca.

Goal of the Week:
Matias Vuoso, America (vs. Toluca), but most credit to Christian Benitez for an amazing assist.

Team of the Week:
Monterrey, for its impressive and comprehensive comeback win over Tijuana.

Goat of the Week:
Rubens Sambueza, Estudiantes Tecos, for opting to go for the chip a crucial penalty and putting it over the bar.