Club America defeated CF Monterrey 1-0 with a controversial penalty in the final minutes of play at the Azteca stadium to kick off Saturday’s action in week 9 of the Apertura 2013 of La Liga MX. In a game that was delayed due to thunderstorms, Chivas de Guadalajara drew 3-3 against Tigres UANL at the Universitario stadium in Monterrey.
The game at the Azteca was without key figures since a total of 10 players from both squads were on national team duty due to the FIFA date. This gave younger and bench players the opportunity to demonstrate themselves on the pitch.
Erick Pimentel received the chance to show his game covering for Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez and Colombian Aquivaldo Mosqueda. In previous games the talented player had given great games, but fell to the bench due to the star power of Maza and Mosqueda. In Saturday’s game Pimentel had several passes that could have been put into the net. Pimentel was the player who shot the ball that hit Monterrey defender Ricardo Osorio in the hand inside the penalty area.
The referee did not hesitate and pointed to the spot on the play. Colombian Luis Gabriel Rey converted from the spot in the 88th minute to give America another victory. With only seven games, the eagles lead the league with 19 points. The squad is looking to repeat as champions and return to the glory days of the 1980s when they won most of their titles.
Chivas give up valuable points in thunderstorm
The city of Monterrey was hit with rain and an electrical storm during the Chivas-Tigres game at the Universitario stadium. Chivas began with a quick goal from Aldo DeNigris in the fifth minute of play. Rafael Marquez-Lugo passed back to DeNigris who on first touch sent the ball into the lower corner for his first goal in a Chivas jersey. The game went to the break with the Jalisco based team leading 1-0.
The game was delayed 70 minutes due to the electrical storm in the area. When the game resumed, Marco Fabian put the ball in the net to give the visitors the 2-0. Minutes later Carlos Fierro scored the third goal for Chivas.
When the game looked sealed and delivered, Tigres awoke. In the 76th minute Alan Pulido broke the net for the 3-1. Brazilian Juninho scored Tigres’ second goal from the penalty spot. Argentine Lucas Lobos completed the comeback in the 86th minute of play. Tigres effectively turned the game on Chivas and managed to draw 3-3.
Atlante 2, Morelia 2
Pachuca 0, Pumas UNAM 0
Leon 0, Chiapas FC 1
Atlas 2, Santos 2
Tijuana 3, Veracruz 0