MEXICO CITY, March 11 (Reuters) -
Jose Saturnino Cardozo, expected to play in Paraguay's strike force at the World Cup finals, ended a month-long goal drought for his Mexican club Toluca at the weekend.
Cardozo, who had not scored since February 10, was on target in the 53rd minute of Toluca's 2-1 win over America in the Mexican (Verano) championship.
Rafael Garcia hit the second 10 minutes later and midfielder Pavel Pardo -- one of several players who have been left out of the Mexico team since Javier Aguirre took over as coach -- reduced the arrears in the 68th minute.
Toluca lead group two of the qualifying stage while America, Mexico's richest club, are second in group three.
The 19 teams play each other once in the qualifying stage but are divided into four groups.
Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu, who is making a late bid for a place in his country's World Cup team, scored again in Cruz Azul's 4-2 win over Atlas.
The player known as the Madman,(El Loco) who joined Cruz Azul at the start of the year, is the championship's top scorer with 13 goals in 11 games.
Cruz Azul, who overtook Atlas at the top of group one, raced to a 3-0 lead in 17 minutes through Miguel Zepeda, Brazilian Julio Cesar Pinheiro and Abreu.
Atlas fought back after halftime through Daniel Osorno and Omar Briseno, only for Alberto Macias to put through his own net in the 76th minute.
UNAM, coached by former Mexican international Hugo Sanchez, beat Veracruz 2-1 to go top of group four. Vicente Nieto and Mariano Trujillo scored for the team known as the Pumas.
Chile's Reinaldo Navia scored for Tecos on their first win of the Campeonato.