Solar sinks Chiapas, third Mexican coach gets sack
MEXICO CITY, Feb 17 (Reuters) -
Argentine striker Esteban Solar scored twice in Pumas UNAM's 4-1 trouncing of Chiapas on Sunday, triggering the sacking of Jaguars coach Rene Isidoro Garcia.
Solari scored either side of halftime before Ismael Iniguez and Ignacio Scocco extended Pumas' lead. Juan Pablo Garcia scored a consolation for the Jaguars three minutes from time.
The win put Pumas on seven points, trailing leaders Guadalajara by seven in Mexico's Clausura championship.
Solari's venomous shot after just three minutes was well saved by goalkeeper edgar Hernandez and served notice of what was to come.
The Argentine's first goal came from an unchallenged header. He poached the second after Hernandez failed to hold a fierce shot by Leandro Augusto.
Isidoro Garcia, who coached the Mexican national team to a bronze medal at the Pan-American Games last year, was shown the door shortly after the defeat.
Garcia joined Chiapas at the start of the Apertura 2007 championship, which preceded the current Clausura competition.
The Jaguars are languishing third from bottom in the Clausura, with just six points from six games.
Garcia became the third coach to be shown the door since the Clausura championship began in January.
Antonio Mohamed was dismissed at Veracruz and Americo Gallego fell from grace at Tigres UANL.
Manual Lapuente's first game since returning to Tigres UANL ended in a goalless draw against league leaders Guadalajara.
Santos Laguna put three goals past Apertura champions Atlante without reply on Sunday.
Daniel Luduena, Christian Bentez and local favourite Fernando Arce scored the goals that lifted Santos Laguna to nine points, trailing Guadalajara, Toluca and Pachuca.
Tecos (UAG) beat Puebla 3-2 in an full-blooded encounter with Tecos goalkeeper Hetor Altamirano among the scorers.