MEXICO CITY - Mexico striker Miguel Sabah made it five goals in three games when he scored both in Morelia's 2-0 away win over Atlas in the Mexican championship. Sabah scored the winner when Mexico beat the U.S. 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier 11 days ago and two more goals in Morelia's 5-0 rout of Ciudad Juarez in the league last weekend. The striker latched on to a poor square pass to put Morelia ahead in the 33rd minute and converted a 78th-minute penalty after he fell in the box under a challenge from Ismael Fuentes. Defender Mauricio Romero of Morelia was sent off seven minutes from time for a second booking. Morelia, one of only two teams still unbeaten after five rounds, lead Group Two with 13 points, three more than Monterrey and America, who won 3-2 away to Cruz Azul. Toluca are the only other team with points in double figures after a 3-0 home win over Santos Laguna. They lead Group One with 12 points, six more than former Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe's Atlas. Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas scored twice for America, his first a third-minute penalty after he was brought down by Horacio Cervantes. Cabanas hit the post in the 28th minute and Argentine Emanuel Villa equalised for Cruz Azul in the 41st with his fifth goal of the tournament but Cabanas restored America's lead one minute before halftime with a right-footed shot after getting past Fausto Pinto. Cruz Azul equalised again nine minutes from time when defender Rogelio Chavez placed a brilliant free kick in the top corner. STOPPAGE-TIME WINNER With the match looking set for a draw, one minute into stoppage time Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona came out badly at a free kick by midfielder Pavel Pardo and substitute Daniel Marquez, who had only been on for four minutes, headed the winner. Puebla, the other unbeaten team, had defenders Roberto Juarez and Sergio Perez sent off either side of half-time but hung on for a 2-1 away win over Pachuca after scoring twice in the opening 12 minutes. An own goal by Gregorio Torres gave Puebla the lead in the ninth minute and Mexico's 2006 World Cup striker Jared Borgetti netted the second three minutes later from Perez's cross. Paraguayan Edgar Benitez pulled one back in the 74th. In a tight Group Three, Tecos UAG, who have a game in hand, lead on goal difference from Tigres UANL and Santos Laguna. They each have seven points. Champions Pumas UNAM are rooted to the bottom of the group after they lost 3-0 away to Tecos whose Argentine striker Bruno Marioni scored a hat-trick on Friday night. In their five matches, Pumas have picked up no points, scored one goal and conceded 12.
23 August 2009
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