Copa MX Llave 3 Second Leg: Where to Watch

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The Copa MX group stage wraps this week, with a number of quarterfinal spots still up for grabs. Here is the complete schedule of games for the second leg of the Apertura 2014 Copa MX Llave 3, with TV listings where applicable. All times are Eastern, home teams listed first.

Tuesday, September 23
Atlante vs Mérida (Group 6) – 8:00 PM
Lobos BUAP vs Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Group 7) – 8:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Mineros de Zacatecas vs Dorados de Sinaloa (Group 4) – 8:00 PM
Correcaminos vs Atlético San Luis (Group 2) – 8:00 PM
Tigres UANL vs Querétaro (Group 1) – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Santos Laguna vs Monterrey (Group 2) – 10:00 PM
Pumas UNAM vs Toluca (Group 6) – 10:00 PM – Galavision

Wednesday, September 24
Monarcas Morelia vs Puebla (Group 5) – 8:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Altamira vs Irapuato (Group 1) – 8:00 PM
Zacatepec vs Coras Tepic (Group 3) – 8:00 PM
Necaxa vs Celaya (Group 5) – 10:00 PM
Tijuana vs Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 3) – 10:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Atlas vs Leones Negros (Group 4) – 10:00 PM
Veracruz vs Jaguares de Chiapas (Group 7) – 10:00 PM

Velarde and Suazo Out for 2-3 Weeks

red crossMonterrey’s Efraín Velarde and Humberto Suazo, who both left the game against Toluca in the first half due to injuries, are expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

Raúl Luna, head of medical services for the Rayados, explained that both players have muscle injuries. Velarde has a torn muscle in his right leg and will undergo imaging tests to evaluate the severity of the injury. Suazo’s injury is less serious – tightness in his right hamstring – but since the Chilean has had hamstring problems before, Monterrey are being cautious and Suazo will also undergo imaging tests.

Luna said that Velarde will be out for “no less than three weeks” but didn’t offer a definitive timetable for Suazo’s return, as his previous injuries and the resulting scar tissue could complicate things for the striker.

Liga MX Week 9 Statistics

standings and statisticsAmérica won for the first time in three weeks to cement their place at the top of the table, while Monarcas Morelia cemented their place at the bottom of the table with their sixth loss of the season. Morelia are still winless in the Apertura 2014, and angry fans staged a pitch invasion after the loss to Pumas on Friday.

América scored twice against Pachuca while León put three past Veracruz, which puts the two teams at the top of the goal-scoring table with 15 goals apiece. They’re followed by Tigres UANL with 14 goals, and then Atlas, Querétaro and Jaguares, who have all scored 13 times. On the other side of things, Leones Negros have still scored just three goals this season, making their offense the worst in the league, followed by Veracruz’s, which has managed five goals.

In terms of individual goalscoring, Dorlan Pabón (Monterrey) still has the top spot with his seven goals, although he didn’t score this weekend. Camilo Sanvezzo (Querétaro) did score, bringing him within one goal of Pabón. Mauro Boselli’s brace for León puts him third with five goals.

On the other end of the field, the best defense is still Monterrey’s, with five goals allowed, followed by América with six, and then Veracruz, Atlas, and Toluca, who have each conceded eight times. The worst defense is still Morelia’s, with 21 goals against, followed by León’s, with 16.

On the disciplinary side of things, the referees handed out 42 yellows and three reds this weekend. Veracruz has moved to the top of the Fair Play table with their 16 yellows and one red, while León is still at the bottom of that table with their 21 yellows and five reds (four second yellow, one straight red). The most-cautioned team in the league is América, with 29 yellows, while Pachuca is the least-cautioned with 13.

League and relegation standings after the jump:

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Chivas de Guadalajara vs Querétaro – Jornada 9

chivas queretaroIt took just four minutes for Chivas’s entire game plan to go up in smoke as Querétaro ran out 4-1 winners on Sunday evening.

Chivas’s downfall started when Carlos Salcido reacted instinctively to a goal-bound shot; with goalkeeper José Antonio Rodríguez beaten, Salcido stretched out a hand to keep the ball out of the goal. He was immediately red carded for using his hand to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity, and Querétaro was given a penalty kick for the infraction.

Ronaldinho, making his first league appearance for the Gallos Blancos, stepped up to the spot and sent Rodríguez the wrong way to make it 0-1 in favor of the visitors. It was Ronaldinho’s first goal for Querétaro (after he skied a penalty kick in the Copa MX earlier this week) and it put Chivas in a hole early on. Salcido would have been better off letting the original shot go into the net, as that way Chivas would at least have had 11 players on the field to try and mount a comeback.

The afternoon went from bad to worse for Chivas as Aldo de Nigris, sporting a heavily bandaged right hand as the result of surgery earlier this week, suffered a hamstring injury and had to limp off the field in just the 18th minute under a torrent of boos raining down from around the Omnilife.

Chivas regrouped a bit by the second half and had a few chances to tie the game, including a free kick from Fernando Arce that went just over the bar, but Ronaldinho’s genius couldn’t be contained and in the 69th minute he sent a beautiful through ball to Camilo Sanvezzo, who scored.

Six minutes after that, yet another Brazilian got on the scoresheet for Querétaro, when William da Silva’s long distance shot snuck under Toño Rodríguez and into the side netting. The game was turning into a rout, but Giovani Hernández was able to salvage a little pride for el Rebaño with a perfectly-placed 84th minute free kick.

The goal was too little, too late for the home team, though, and Querétaro quickly restored their three goal lead when Othoniel Arce sent a shot from outside the box past Rodríguez in stoppage time.

With the 4-1 win, Querétaro reaches 14 points while Chivas remains on nine.

Highlights

Lineups

Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Néstor Vidrio, Patricio Araujo, Carlos Salcido, Édgar Solís (Jorge Enríquez 63′), David Toledo (Giovani Hernández 75′), Ángel Reyna, Israel Castro, Fernando Arce, Omar Bravo, Aldo de Nigris (Carlos Fierro 18′).

Querétaro: Édgar Hernández, George Corral, Dionicio Escalante, Yasser Corona, Ricardo Osorio, Danilinho, Ronaldinho (Othoniel Arce 77′), Camilo Sanvezzo (Orbelin Pineda 70′), Sinha (Amaury Escoto 70′), William da Silva, Mario Osuna. 

Toluca vs Monterrey – Jornada 9

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Toluca ended Monterrey’s three-game winning streak on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over the Rayados. The win extended Toluca’s own winning streak to three games, and the Diablos Rojos have now gone more than a year without losing in the Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Monterrey suffered two first-half injuries to key players, with Efraín Velarde leaving the game in the 15th minute and Humberto Suazo having to exit in the 40th, which affected their play despite Carlos Barra’s attempts to modify their strategy after the forced substitutions.

Toluca had their chances even before the injuries, though, with Pablo Velázquez missing an opportunity in the very first minute of the game. The Paraguayan, Toluca’s leading goalscorer this season, was unable to find the back of the net today, coming closest with a 64th-minute shot that hit the crossbar.

It was a moment of genius from midfielder Lucas Lobos that gave Toluca the lead and eventually the win. The naturalized Mexican struck a long-range blast from outside the box that dipped just under the crossbar and nestled into the upper right-hand corner of Jona Orozco’s net in the 59th minute.

Monterrey was unable to react to the goal and goalscoring opportunities were few and far between for the Rayados. It might have been a different story if it hadn’t been for the early injuries, but in the end Monterrey fell by the minimum difference in a stadium where they haven’t won since 2006.

With the 1-0 win, Toluca reaches 17 points while Monterrey remains on 16.

Highlights

Lineups

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Óscar Rojas, Jordan Silva, Paulo da Silva, Carlos Esquivel (Francisco Gamboa 92’), Richard Ortiz, Antonio Ríos, Édgar Benítez (Carlos Orrantia 82’), Miguel Ángel Ponce, Lucas Lobos (Isaác Brizuela 80’), Pablo Velázquez.

Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Efraín Juárez (César Delgado 86’), Victor Ramos, John Medina, Efraín Velarde (Bernardo Hernández 15’), Lucas Silva, Jesús Zavala, Severo Meza, Neri Cardozo, Humberto Suazo (Cándido Ramírez 40’), Dorlan Pabón.

 

Atlas vs Cruz Azul – Jornada 9

atlas cruz azulAtlas snapped a three-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul, which marks their first home victory against La Máquina since 2008. It didn’t come easily, however, particularly after Atlas was reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute.

At first everything seemed to be going perfectly for the home team; Atlas opened the scoring just 6 minutes into the game, when Arturo González headed home a cross from Maikon Leite. However, after the goal, Atlas showed very little going forward for the rest of the half, and in fact Cruz Azul dominated.

Despite that dominance, La Máquina couldn’t find an equalizer. Their two best chances of the half came though “Chaco” Giménez, whose shot went wide, and Mauro Formica, who forced a good save from Federico Vilar. Atlas nearly made it 2-0 just before the end of the half, but Arturo González’s powerful shot hit the crossbar.

Cruz Azul finally found their goal in the second half, when Julio César Domínguez got his head to a Rogelio Chávez free kick to make it 1-1 in the 54th minute.

Atlas wasn’t satisfied with the draw, though, and pushed forward in search of a go-ahead goal. Rodrigo Millar had a chance in the 73rd minute, but with an open goal in front of him the Chilean sent his shot wide. He would redeem himself in the 79th minute, when an attempted clearance from Emanuel Loeschbor fell right into his path. Without hesitation, Millar drove into the box and scored.

Unfortunately, he lost himself in the moment and took off his shirt to celebrate the go-ahead goal. Referee Óscar Macias had no choice but to give him a yellow card, and since he had already been cautioned in the 53rd minute, the red card came out as well.

Atlas did manage to hold on to the lead despite playing down a man, but it wasn’t easy and Cruz Azul will be left ruing their missed opportunities to equalize.

With the 2-1 win, Atlas reaches 18 points while Cruz Azul remains on nine.

Highlights

Lineups

Atlas: Federico Vilar, Enrique Pérez, Luis Venegas, Facundo Erpen, Edgar Castillo, Arturo González (Edy Brambila 76′), Rodrigo Millar, Aldo Leao, Juan Carlos Medina (Edson Rivera 76′), Maikon Leite, Luis Caballero (Martin Barragán 62′).

Cruz Azul: Guillermo Allison, Emanuel Loeschbor (Pablo Barrera 84′), Francisco Rodríguez, Julio César Domínguez, Rogelio Chávez, Joao Rojas, Gerardo Torrado (Mariano Pavone 46′), Christian Giménez, Marco Fabián (Alejandro Vela 71′), Hernán Bernardello, Mauro Formica. 

León vs Veracruz – Jornada 9

leon veracruzLeón snapped a three-game losing streak with a confidence-building 3-1 win over Veracruz on Saturday night, and managed to keep all 11 players on the field while doing so after having at least one player red carded in each of their last three games.

Mauro Boselli was the star of the game for León, scoring a brace and missing out on a hat-trick with a disallowed goal. The Argentinian opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he headed home a cross from Wanderley de Jesús and had the ball in the back of the net again in the 19th minute, but that would-be goal was disallowed due to Martín Bravo’s foul on the goalkeeper.

La Fiera continued pressing forward in search of a second goal, and they found a valid one in the 33rd minute. Marcos Caicedo took advantage of a poor defensive clearance to get off a powerful shot that beat Édgar Hernández and gave León the 2-0 lead.

With that second goal, it looked like León might run away with the game and run up the score, but instead Veracruz began to settle into the game and get goal-scoring chances of their own. Carlos Ochoa went one-on-one with goalkeeper Christian Martínez, who is still deputizing for the injured William Yarbrough, but he sent his shot into the post in the 39th minute.

They didn’t miss on the next chance, however. Wilson Tiago and Óscar Mascorro mounted a lethal counterattack in the dying minutes of the half, which concluded with Daniel Villalva controlling a cross at the far post, cutting around a defender, and scoring.

In the second half, Veracruz had – and spurned – a number of chances to equalize. Cristian Borja and Leiton Jiménez both had opportunities that they were unable to convert, and that wastefulness came back to haunt the visitors. In the 85th minute, León ended any chance of Veracruz equalizing when they found their third goal of the night, with Mauro Boselli finishing off a pass from Carlos Peña.

With the 3-1 win, León reaches nine points while Veracruz remains on eight.

Highlights

Lineups

León: Christian Martínez, Juan Ignacio González, Marcos Caicedo (Leonel López 58′), Jonathan Bottinelli, Edwin Hernández, Carlos Peña, Elías Hernández, Wanderley de Jesús (Jonny Magallón 86′), Aldo Rocha, Mauro Boselli, Martín Bravo (Mauricio Castañeda 66′). 

Veracruz: Édgar Hernández, Óscar Mascorro, Leobardo López, Leiton Jiménez, Adrián Cortés, Luis Martínez, Wilson Tiago (Líber Quinones 84′), Jehu Chiapas, Carlos Ochoa (Emmanuel García 46′), Daniel Villalva, Cristian Borja (Édgar Andrade 80′). 

Tigres UANL vs Leones Negros – Jornada 9

tigres leones negrosTigres UANL picked up a 1-0 win against Leones Negros on Saturday night, returning to winning ways despite going down a man in the 27th minute, which raises yet more questions about Leones Negros’ ability to remain in the first division.

After nine games in Liga MX, the Universidad de Guadalajara side has only won once, with five losses and three draws rounding out their record to date. Leones Negros have been anchored to the foot of the relegation table since the opening week of the Apertura, and it’s looking increasingly unlikely that they’ll be able to move off it anytime soon.

Tigres took an early lead through Édgar Gerardo Lugo, who roofed a cross from Joffre Guerrón over goalkeeper Humberto Hernández in the 13th minute, and then they settled in to protect that lead. After having lost their last two home games, the universitarios were in no mood to lose a third, particularly not after having taken the lead.

The decision to bunker in and defend that lead, rather than persisting in attack and looking to add to it, was certainly influenced by the expulsion of Jorge Torres Nilo before the half-hour mark. The defender picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes and was subsequently dismissed by referee Ricardo Arellano Nieves.

Tigres took no chances playing a man down, even though their opponent has hardly been one of the bright lights of Liga MX this season. It doesn’t reflect well on Leones that they were unable to find a goal while playing with a man advantage for more than an hour. They hardly looked threatening, either, with their best chance not coming until the 89th minute. With just three goals scored on the season, Leones Negros have the worst offense in the league and this game was a prime example of their offense inadequacies.

With the 1-0 win, Tigres reach 13 points while Leones Negros remain on six.

Highlights

Lineups

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jesús Alberto Dueñas, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres, José Francisco Torres, Édgar Gerardo Lugo (Marco Ruben 83′), Egidio Arévalo, Joffre Guerrón (Hérculez Gómez 78′), Guido Pizarro, Emanuel Villa (José Rivas 55′).

Leones: Humberto Hernández, Marcelo Alatorre (Jairo González 46′), Héctor Reynoso, Félix Araujo, José Wenceslao Díaz, Luis Fernando Télles, Óscar Vera (Diego Campos 16′), Marc Crosas, Christian Díaz (Isaác Romo 63′), Andrés Ríos, Fidel Martínez.  

Puebla vs Jaguares de Chiapas – Jornada 9

puebla jaguares1A second-half goal from Luis Noriega salvaged a 1-1 draw for Puebla and kept them unbeaten under José Luis Sánchez Sola, but the Poblanos will feel they should have gotten more out of it with a goal that was controversially disallowed.

Jaguares, who have now extended their own unbeaten streak to four games, opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a header from Vicente Matías Vuoso. The veteran slipped between two Puebla defenders to meet a cross from Luis Rodríguez at the far post, putting Chiapas in front, 1-0.

After going a goal behind, Puebla pressed forward in search of an equalizer and they thought they had one just three minutes later. Cuauhtémoc Blanco put the ball in the back of the net after goalkeeper Óscar Jiménez parried a shot straight to him, but referee Víctor Bisguerra disallowed the goal, controversially ruling it to be offside. Blanco vehemently disagreed and earned himself a yellow card for his protests, but the decision stood and Jaguares went into halftime with the lead.

Bisguerra didn’t endear himself to the home fans in the second half either, as Wilberto Cosme looked to be fouled by Bruno Pereira Pires when he went up for a header in the box, but the referee declined to call a foul and give a penalty kick for the incident.

Puebla may have felt hard done by, but they were able to rescue a point from the game thanks to Luis Noriega, whose 68th-minute shot took a deflection (off Pereira Pires, no less) and rolled past a wrong-footed Óscar Jiménez.

With the 1-1 draw, Puebla reaches 10 points while Jaguares reach 13.

Highlights

Lineups

Puebla: Rodolfo Cota, Óscar Rojas, Michael Orozco, Mauricio Romero, Ricardo Esqueda, Francisco Torres (Juan Carlos Cacho 46′), Alfonso Tamay (Flavio Santos 63′), Luis Noriega, Gerardo Espinoza, Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Édgar Mejía 85′), Wilberto Cosme.

Jaguares: Óscar Jiménez, Luis Rodríguez, William Paredes (Christian Bermúdez 79′), Édgar Dueñas, Javier Muñoz Mustafá, Bruno Pereira Pires, Luis Pérez (Diego de la Torre 58′), Andrés Andrade, Emiliano Armenteros, Franco Arizala (Julio Nava 67′), Vicente Matías Vuoso. 

América vs Pachuca – Jornada 9

america pachuca1América returned to winning ways with a 2-1 triumph over Pachuca on Saturday night, which also ended their goalless drought and keeps them at the top of the table for at least another week.

América dominated the first half and had chance after chance to go in front, but it took an own goal from the unfortunate Daniel Arreola to give the Águilas the lead. Arreola’s diving header beat his own goalkeeper and put América on the board in the 30th minute, in a game where they had looked threatening from the beginning. Paul Aguilar hit the crossbar in the opening five minutes, and then Paolo Goltz’s shot, saved by Óscar “Conejo” Pérez, rebounded up and against the crossbar, only to bounce back out into the box.

Those two near-goals were followed up by shots from long range, several of which came very close, notably a Michael Arroyo shot that went whizzing just past the post. But despite all the chances, no one in a cream-colored jersey was able to get the ball into the net, which kept Pachuca in the game since they were only down 1-0.

Enrique Meza made two attack-minded substitutions early in the second half, and substitute Ariel Nahuelpan tied the game for the Tuzos in the 77th minute, assisted by fellow substitute Diego Buonanotte. But Pachuca had barely finished celebrating before they went behind once again.

90 seconds after Nahuelpan’s equalizer, Miguel Layún scored on a breakaway to restore América’s lead. Pachuca pressed forward in search of a second equalizer, and although they hit the woodwork as well, they could get no closer than that.

With the 2-1 win, América reaches 20 points while Pachuca remains on 13.

Highlights

Lineups

América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Erik Pimentel, Paolo Goltz, Osmar Marez, Miguel Layún, Jesús Molina, Osvaldo Martínez (Ventura Alvarado 81′), Rubens Sambueza (Gonzalo Díaz 87′), Oribe Peralta, Michael Arroyo (José Daniel Guerrero 67′). 

Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Rodolfo Pizarro, Miguel Herrera, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Daniel Arreola (Avilés Hurtado 64′), Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez, Hirving Lozano, Dieter Villalpando (Diego Buonanotte 55′), Walter Ayoví, Matías Alustiza (Ariel Nahuelpan 55′).