18 March 2002 (www.TEAMtalk.com
A high-scoring Round 12 concluded on Sunday with a six-goal match and a five-goal game. Toluca won the battle of powers in Hidalgo as America regained their scoring touch and Santos and Morelia continue their climb back into the playoff hunt.
Perhaps this is Toluca's year after all. Defending champion Pachuca could not hold onto a lead at home as Jose Cardozo bagged a late double to give Toluca the win, 2-1.
Pachuca jumped on the scoreboard first on the strength of a penalty kick. Francisco Gabriel De Anda scored on the spot kick, which was awarded after a Toluca defender knocked down Sergio Santana inside the area.
The lead stood until the 60th minute, when Cardozo unloaded on a shot from the right side of the penalty area and beat Miguel Calero. Both sides searched frantically for the possible game-winning goal from then on, but it was Toluca who nabbed it.
Cardozo finished off a cross from close range after Calero botched the play, leaving the net wide open. Toluca improve to 25 points with the win, three more than second-place La Piedad.
America's offense came to life as their defense took a day off in their 4-2 win over Monterrey. America's four goals are the most they have scored this season.
Frankie Oviedo opened the scoring in the third minute after heading home a cross from Pavel Pardo. Monterrey's Daniel Roman equalized the match in the 40th minute but it was all America from then on. Luis Hernandez scored on a long-distance volley in the 49th minute, Ivan Zamorano converted a penalty kick in the 62nd and Christian Patińo scored on a counterattack in the 72nd minute.
Ismael Ińiguez and Carlos Morales scored second-half goals as Morelia continued their winning ways with a 2-0 win over Celaya.
Morelia have not lost in eight consecutive league and cup matches and are 3-0-1 in league during that time. Celaya, meanwhile, did not help out their fight against relegation. The club remained tied with Leon at the bottom of the tables.
Tector Altamirano, Rodrigo Ruiz and Jared Borgetti each scored a goal as Santos held on to beat a pesky Tecos side 3-2.
Santos improved to 18 points with the win as they continue their climb back into the playoff hunt. Ruiz set up Altamirano's goal, which came in the ninth minute. Altamirano headed in a Ruiz cross to open the scoring. Borgetti then fed Ruiz with a through ball that the Chilean had no problems finishing in the 16th minute. Borgetti scored in the 37th minute as he hammered a left-footed shot past the keeper.