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Tigres UANL’s victory over Monterrey in the Clasico Regiomontano and Cruz Azul’s win over Pumas UNAM in the Mexico City derby were among the highlights from Week 9 of the 2015 Apertura in Mexico.
Tigres win the Clasico, Cruz Azul end winless streak
09/21/2015
 
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By Dan Price


Tigres UANL’s victory over Monterrey in the Clasico Regiomontano and Cruz Azul’s win over Pumas UNAM in the Mexico City derby were among the highlights from Week 9 of the 2015 Apertura in Mexico.


Tigres UANL 3-1 Monterrey

Tigres eventually emerged as comfortable winners against Monterrey in the Clasico Regiomontano, but not without falling a goal behind and being outplayed in the opening thirty minutes.


The hosts were lucky not to give away a penalty inside the first five minutes after Jose Rivas made an ill-judged attempt to win the ball off Dorlan Pabon, but referee Roberto Garcia waved away the incident.


As the half progressed Pabon and Funes Mori both fired wide from twelve yards, while Andre-Pierre Gignac had Monterrey ‘keeper Jonathan Orozco scrambling to keep out an audacious 50-yard lob.


Funes Mori eventually opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a goal that is sure to rank among the best you’ll see this season. 18 year old full-back Cesar Montes played a perfect pass from deep in his own half, with the Argentine striker scoring a first time volley that would befit the greatest players in the world.


The game changed on the stroke on halftime when Efrain Juarez was sent off for a needless stamp on Torres Nilo. In the second period it took Tigres just nine minutes to draw level through Javier Aquino, after 63 minutes 

Gignac put them ahead, and Rivas wrapped up the win with an 80th minute header.


The win moves Tigres up to fourth. After a shaky start they’ve now won their last five consecutive league games. Monterrey slip down to 12th – they’re now winless in four, but with just two points separating them from 8th placed Atlas, their season is far from over.


Cruz Azul 2-1 Pumas UNAM

Cruz Azul vs Pumas isn’t a clasico in the traditional sense, but the Mexico City derby between two of the league’s biggest sides never fails to deliver passion and drama.


The hosts went into the game in last place in the table and without a win since a 2-0 victory over Leon in Week 3. The visitors, meanwhile, arrived at the Estadio Azul in first place, on the back of five straight wins, and with just two defeats all season.


Despite the difference in league position and form, it was Los Cementeros who ended up taking the spoils. 34 year old veteran Christian Gimenez was their star, coolly firing home a penalty in each half. Javier Cortes got Pumas’ solitary goal.


The result means Cruz Azul haul themselves off the bottom and up to 15th. They now have ten points from their nine games, and despite their shocking recent form, find themselves just three points outside the top eight 

Liguilla places. A week on Tuesday they play 8th placed Atlas at home in Week 11.


Pumas have surrendered they place at the summit to Club Leon, but with a six point cushion over Puebla in ninth, a place in the post season is still looking highly likely.

 
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