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Teams: Chile, USA, R Plate, CC, The "U" and Bucs
Monterrey 1 Toluca 1
Toluca were not their usually otherworldly selves, as the Diablos Rojos appeared simply average. Monterrey, usually a feeble pushover, controlled the match for nearly the entire 90 minutes. Still, switching roles did not harm Toluca nor help Monterrey as the two split a pair of points. Monterrey defenders swarmed around Toluca's talented midfielders and strikers, such as Carlos Maria Morales and Vicente Sanchez. Toluca could not gain any momentum as their offensive attacks were thwarted often. Monterrey forced many turnovers, including one in the 30th minute that they cashed in for a goal. Argemiro Veiga knocked the ball loose from a Toluca defender. Veiga fed Jesus Arellano, who raced inside the area and unloaded a 15-yard bomb that Toluca keeper Hernan Cristante had no chance of stopping. Toluca had a few scoring chances but finally broke through on a set piece. Midway through the second half, Toluca's Rafael Garcia fired a corner kick inside the area. The ball ricocheted toward the left side of the penalty, where Edgar Garcia stood alone. He fired a left-footed laser that found the back of the net.
Pumas 3 Tecos 0
Pumas may be the new revelation of Verano 2002. The Mexico City side kept their record spotless with a convincing victory over Tecos. Pumas had several chances early on but needed a gift from Tecos to get on the board. In the 40th minute, Pumas' Leandro Augusto fired a free-kick from 35-yards out. Tecos defender Mirsha Serrano tried to clear the ball, but his poor clearing attempt went inside his own net instead. Tecos continued to hold themselves back when striker Diego Gavilan was sent off for a vicious elbow to Pumas' Manuel de la Torre, who lay bleeding on the pitch. In the second half, Rafael Marquez Lugo scored Pumas' second goal from 18-yards out. Pumas completed their scoring when Victor Muller hammered in a header from 10-yards out in the 76th minute.
Atlas 1 America 0
When Jose Luis Calderon was at America, he was given every opportunity to show his scoring prowess. After several seasons of little offense, the club cut its losses short and sent him to Atlas.
On Sunday, Calderon greeted his old club with a 71st-minute goal that proved to be the difference in the match. Calderon shook himself free inside the area and headed in a cross from Daniel Osorno. With the victory, Atlas improve to 10 points. America, meanwhile, were held scoreless for the first time this season. Ivan Zamorano had a golden scoring chance early in the match but he sent the ball over the crossbar from point-blank range.
Santos 2 Cruz Azul 2
Both sides were good enough to have pulled out the victory but the two contenders settle for a draw. Santos jumped out to an early lead. Defender Hector Altamirano scored on a 22-yard laser beam into the right corner of the net in the first minute. Cruz Azul, though, responded. Sebastian Abreu, a load for Santos defenders all match, was hauled down inside the penalty area. Abreu converted in the fourth minute. Jared Borgetti tapped in a rebound in the 22nd minute and Julio Cesar Pinheiro bagged the equalizer in the 39th minute. Both sides threatened in the second half but the match ended in a stalemate.
Chivas 2 Leon 2
Leon surprised Chivas by taking a 2-0 lead in the second half. But Chivas showed resiliency and patience and fought back for a draw. Paraguayan international Guido Alvarenga scored his first goal in Mexico with an early penalty kick and Misael Espinoza scored on a 20-yard shot to put Leon ahead by a pair. Chivas, though, responded. Ramon Ramirez scored his first goal since returning to Chivas in the 75th minute. Then, in the 88th minute, Mexican international Ramon Morales sliced inside the area and fired a shot from 10 yards. The ball deflected off a Leon defender and sailed into the far post.
Celaya 2 Necaxa 2
Necaxa spotted Celaya a quick 2-0 lead and fought back the entire match to pull even as the clubs split a pair of points. Celaya scored twice in the first five minutes on goals from Javier Manjarin and Diego Latorre but could not put Necaxa away. Necaxa captain Alex Aguinaga scored two goals to help Necaxa salvage a point.
Puebla 1 Tigres 1
A pair of struggling sides finished in a draw as neither side took the initiative. Both sides rattled shots off the woodwork in the first half. In the second half, Puebla's Marco Antonio Capetillo scored a goal off a rebound. Tigres coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferreti protested vehemently, as Capetillo appeared to be in an offside position when he scored. Ferreti jumped up and down, slammed his arms at his side and pointed at the referee to no avail. In the 75th minute, though, his side responded. Marcelo Domingues fired a rocket from 20 yards out that beat Puebla keeper Sergio Bernal.
Pachuca 3 Veracruz 2
Pachuca turned a 3-0 rout to a 3-2 nail-biter as Veracruz made things interesting. Sergio Santana, Alberto Rodriguez and Hugo Brizuela scored in the first half for Pachuca as the club appeared headed for a romp. Veracruz stopped allowing goals and started scoring their own. Jorge Collazo scored in the 59th minute and Martin Rodriguez cut Pachuca's lead to one with an 89th-minute strike.
La Piedad 1, Atlante 0
Atlante's bye week did not help. La Piedad got a goal from Claudinho as La Piedad continues to win while Atlante continues to lose. Atlante are now 0-3 this season. La Piedad, meanwhile, have an impressive 10 points on the season, more than half of their entire Invierno 2001 output.
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National Champions. 83 87 89 91 and 2001
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