Monterrey move closer, Atlante hit five
Mexican Clausura champions Monterrey moved within a point of Group One leaders Tigres last night thanks to a 2-1 victory over ten-man Club America.
America were always up against it after the 18th-minute dismissal of Nicolas Olivera, and second-half strikes from Walter Ayovi and substitute Dario Carreno put Monterrey in control. The visitors pulled a goal back through Angel Reyna's 89th-minute penalty but it was not enough.
Elsewhere, substitute Emanuel Villa scored the game's only goal midway through the second half as Cruz Azul edged Toluca 1-0 in an ill-tempered match which saw three red cards just before half-time.
Toluca defender Osvaldo Gonzalez was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence in the 44th minute and then they were reduced to nine men when goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera saw red along with Cruz defender Horacio Cervantes after a clash between the pair.
Christian Bermudez and Jose Fonseca each bagged a brace as Atlante thrashed ten-man Jaguares 5-1, with Mario Ortiz also on target. Christian Valdez's last-gasp goal was scant consolation for Jaguares, who had Jorge Hernandez sent off two minutes before half-time.
Substitute Michael Ortega struck an 89th-minute equaliser to earn Atlas a 1-1 draw at San Luis, cancelling out Wilmer Aguirre's opener. Both sides finished with ten men, Atlas forward Alfredo Moreno sent off five minutes into the second half and San Luis' Jesus Isijara seeing red in the closing seconds.
Rafael Marquez's goal four minutes from time nicked a 1-0 win for Morelia at Santos Laguna, with the hosts a man down following Rodolfo Salinas' 67th-minute sending-off. Finally, Erick Torres scored a goal in each half to help Guadalajara beat Queretaro 2-0.