Chivas hit seven, Blanco off, champs lose in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Guadalajara blasted seven goals past Atlante, fiery striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco was sent off on his debut for Veracruz and champions UNAM had two players dismissed in a lively start to the Mexican championship at the weekend.
Former Valencia and Lazio striker Claudio Lopez scored on his debut for America as the championship's biggest-spenders began with a 3-2 win over promoted Sinaloa.
Guadalajara, who field only Mexican players, gave a perfect start to new coach Benjamin Galindo, who replaced Dutchman Hans Westerhof after they were beaten by UNAM in the final last June.
Mexican international striker Adolfo Bautista scored twice while Ramon Morales, Francisco Palencia, Alejandro Vela, Alberto Medina and Ramon Morales shared the other goals for the Chivas.
Blanco, kicked out of America after his part in a brawl on the pitch following a South American Libertadores Cup tie with Brazil's Sao Caetano in May, made an unhappy start at Veracruz at Monterrey.
Blanco, banned from South American club and national team competitions for one year for the incident, was dismissed in the 34th minute for insulting a linesman. Two goals by Argentine Guillermo Franco gave Monterrey a 2-0 win.
UNAM made a disastrous start to the defence of their crown going down 1-0 against UAG to 78th minute penalty converted by Juan Pablo Rodriguez.
The Pumas then had Francisco Fonseca sent off for stamping on an opponent followed by Paraguayan defender Dario Veron for insulting the referee while coach Hugo Sanchez was ordered from the touchline.
Argentine striker Lopez needed only 14 minutes to notch his first goal for America who went on to win with further goals by Chilean Reinaldo Navia and Francisco Torres.
Mexican international striker Jared Borgetti, making his debut after his move from Santos Laguna, and Hector Lopez replied for the visitors.
America had a clearout after making only the quarter-finals last time, with former Argentina captain Oscar Ruggeri replacing Dutchman Leo Beenhakker as coach.
Defender Claudio Suarez, the world's most capped player with 172 appearances for Mexico, scored a brilliant goal in UNL's 1-1 draw at Chiapas.
Suarez, 35, scored with a bicycle kick to wipe out Carlos Ochoa's first-half goal for the Jaguars.