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MEXICO CITY, Feb 20 (.) – América and Cruz Azul, two of the most popular clubs in Mexican soccer, extended their positive streak to five games on Saturday after beating Atlas and Toluca 2-0 and 3-2, respectively. and they were located in the first places of the Guard1anes Clausura tournament.
The “Eagles” of America and the “Sky Machine” of Cruz Azul reached 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the first two places of the general table.
In the match corresponding to the seventh day, América defeated the Atlas “Rojinegros” 2-0 as a visitor with goals from Henry Martín and Richard Sánchez.
Atlas was left with one man less from 25 minutes due to the expulsion of Jesús Ángulo, who saw the red card after committing a strong foul on Peruvian Pedro Aquino.
America took the lead in the 39th minute on a penalty kick where Sebastián Córdova only gently touched the ball and Martín got to define before the departure of Colombian goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.
The second goal fell on replacement time when Sánchez defined in the area with a shot after a bad shot from a teammate in the 94th minute.
Earlier, Cruz Azul beat Atlas 3-2 with goals from Uruguayan Jonathan Rodríguez, Roberto Alvarado and Argentine Guillermo Fernández.
Rodriguez scored the first in the sixth minute when he hit the ball hit the left post with a shot from outside the area after receiving a pass from Rafael Baca.
The club led by Peruvian Juan Reynoso increased its lead in the 27th minute through Alvarado, who volleyed a cross sent by Luis Romo in the area.
Cruz Azul was able to score the third in the 36th minute when Romo escaped towards goal, but crashed his shot into the left post, and later referee Óscar Macías accidentally deflected Rodríguez’s counter-shot.
Toluca discounted in the 44th minute when Argentine Miguel Barbieri swept into the area to finish off a cross sent by his compatriot Rubens Sambueza.
Toluca’s “Red Devils” tied at the end of the first half with a powerful penalty kick from Argentine Pedro Canelo.
Cruz Azul achieved the victory in the 63rd minute with a showy volley shot from Fernández after a center sent by Orbelín Pineda.
On Sunday, Pumas UNAM will be local against the champion León, Querétaro will play against Puebla and Tigres UANL will be Tijuana’s rival.
The day will be completed on Monday when Guadalajara visits Pachuca, seeking its first win of the tournament.
On Friday, Bravos de Ciudad Juárez beat Mazatlán 1-0, while Necaxa and Monterrey drew 1-1.
At the start of the day, Atlético de San Luis beat Santos Laguna 1-0 on Thursday. (Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)