Tigres hands Cruz Azul first defeat
San Nicolas, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Tigres pulled off a shock home win on Saturday, defeating Cruz Azul by a 3-0 score to hand the Liga MX leaders their first loss of the season.
It was a meeting of worst-against-first as Tigres entered the contest in the cellar of the Mexican top flight, but that ultimately made no difference in the final result as the home side cruised to emphatic victory.
Juninho put Tigres in front with a penalty in just the eighth minute of play while Alan Pulido doubled the club's advantage 20 minutes later.
Tigres was reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark when Carlos Salcido was sent off, but the club rallied and managed to extend its lead seven minutes from time through Jose Torres.
The win sees Tigres climb out of last place as it improves to 11 points on the season. Cruz Azul remains top on 25 points.
Santos improved its standing in the Mexican table on Saturday by overturning a two-goal deficit to get a 4-2 victory at America.
Rubens Sambueza and Andres Rios had America two goals to the good inside the opening 11 minutes of the match, but goals from Carlos Darwin Quintero, Andres Renteria, Oribe Peralta and Juan Pablo Rodriguez helped Santos collect all three points.
Also on Saturday, Enner Valencia bagged a brace in Pachuca's 2-0 defeat of Monterrey while Carlos Ochoa scored twice to see Jaguares get a 2-2 draw at Atlas.
On Friday, Morelia earned a 3-1 victory over UNAM, Luiz Sanchez scored in second-half stoppage time to lift 10-man Veracruz to a 1-0 result over Leon, Toluca cruised to a 3-0 defeat of Puebla and Tijuana edged Guadalajara in a 2-0 victory.
Sunday's lone match saw Michael Mina score four goals to lead Atlante to a 4-2 victory over Queretaro.