Mexican champions suffer third straight loss

MEXICO CITY - Mexican champions Pumas UNAM remained rooted to the foot of the table after a 3-0 defeat at Toluca gave them their third loss in three matches of the new Apertura championship on Sunday. Toluca retained top place, equal on a maximum nine points with Pachuca, 2-0 winners away to Atlante in Cancun. The win was not, however, as easy as the scoreline suggested. "With what (Pumas) showed during the first half, they could have done us a lot of harm," Toluca coach Jose Manuel de la Torre saying to reporters. Pumas' Brazilian coach Ricardo Ferretti, whose side have yet to score and have conceded seven goals, rued his side's lack of finishing power. "In our three matches it's always been the same, when we are in control we can't take advantage of it," he said. Defender Edgar Duenas opened the scoring just past the half hour with a header from midfielder Israel Lopez's left cross. Paraguayan Dario Veron should have equalised but shot wide with only goalkeeper Hernan Cristante to beat. Toluca went two up just before halftime when 20-year-old Nestor Calderon, who was set up by Brazilian-born Mexico international Antonio Naelson, scored his fourth goal in three games. Colombian Vladimir Marin secured the win eight minutes from time with a well-placed left-footed shot. Former Derby County striker Emanuel Villa scored once in each half to give Cruz Azul a 2-0 win over Monterrey, their first home victory since January. America, Mexico's biggest club, got their first win, 1-0 away to Indios Juarez with a goal from midfielder Angel Reyna who profited from a mistake by Argentine defender Javier Malagueno two minutes from the end. They have four points.