Mexican player misses two penalties in eight minutes
MEXICO CITY, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Pachuca defender Francisco de Anda missed two penalties in eight minutes as his team were held 1-1 at home by Atlante in the Mexican championship on Sunday.
De Anda fired his first effort against the post in the 27th minute before blasting his second over the crossbar.
Colombian striker Luis Gabriel Rey popped up in between the penalties to head Atlante in front but compatriot Andres Chitiva equalised for Pachuca six minutes before halftime.
Pachuca are second in Group Three of the Apertura championship while Atlante are fifth out of six teams in Group One.
In another unusual game, Monterrey came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Atlas despite playing most of the second half with nine men.
Monterrey had Diego Ordaz and Argentine Pablo Rotchen sent off for violent play within one minute of each other early in the second period with the score 1-1.
Robert de Pinho Souza and Daniel Osorno put Atlas 3-1 up but Monterrey salvaged an unlikely point when Walter Erviti and Guillermo Franco scored in the last three minutes.
America and Cruz Azul, two of the championship's heaviest spenders, crashed to shock 1-0 home defeats.
Omar Avilan's 18th-minute winner earned Group Two leaders Puebla three points at the Azteca stadium where America coach Oscar Ruggeri substituted former Brazil midfielder Djalminha, one of the club's big signings, at halftime.
Alfredo Moreno netted in the 19th minute as Necaxa condemned Cruz Azul to their fourth successive championship defeat.
Veteran defender Claudio Suarez, the world's most capped international with 172 appearances for Mexico, was among the scorers as UNL beat Morelia 3-0.
The 35-year-old notched the second goal in the 77th minute after Argentine Claudio Husain had set the Tigres on their way before halftime. Eduardo Rergis completed the scoring with five minutes left.