Clausura 2015 Week 15 Statistics

standings and statisticsChivas de Guadalajara remained in first place after a 1-1 draw with América in the SuperClásico, while Monarcas Morelia remained in last after suffering their ninth loss of the season at the hands of Monterrey.

In the relegation fight, both Leones Negros and Puebla lost, which dropped the Universidad de Guadalajara to the foot of the relegation standings. However, survival is still in Leones Negros’ own hands; they need just four points to ensure their safety, even if Puebla wins out.

In the fight for the playoffs, no one has locked up a spot yet, with just six points separating first and 14th. Morelia, León, and Leones Negros are the only teams mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Tijuana still has the best offense in the league with 27 goals scored, despite suffering a shutout at the hands of Toluca this weekend. The next best offense belongs to Veracruz, who has scored 25 times, followed by Querétaro with 22. The worst offense still belongs to Leones Negros, who suffered yet another shutout this weekend and have managed just 10 goals this season. They’re followed by Morelia and Cruz Azul, who have each managed just 13.

In terms of individual goalscoring, Julio César Furch (Veracruz) jumped to the top of the table after his brace this weekend brought him to nine goals total. He’s followed by Matías Alustiza (Puebla), Rafael Sobis (Tigres), Avilés Hurtado (Jaguares), Ismael Sosa (Pumas UNAM), and Dorlán Pabón (Monterrey), who all have seven.

On the other end of the field, the best defense still belongs to Chivas with 11 goals conceded, followed by Cruz Azul with 12 and Tigres UANL with 14. The worst defense is still León’s, with 28 goals against, followed by Jaguares de Chiapas with 27 and Monterrey with 25.

On the disciplinary side of things, the referees handed out 34 yellow cards and three reds this weekend.  Cruz Azul is at the top of the Fair Play table with 23 yellows and three reds, while Atlas is at the foot of the Fair Play standings with 44 yellows and two reds. León has the fewest yellow cards in the league with 21, but they also have the most red cards with six. Veracruz is the only team not to have had a player sent off this season.

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Chivas de Guadalajara vs América – Jornada 15

chivas americaThe Clausura 2015 edition of the SuperClásico didn’t produce a winner, but the 1-1 draw was enough for Chivas de Guadalajara to stay in first place in the league table. El Rebaño fell short in their quest to earn a SuperClásico victory for the first time since the Apertura 2012, having to come from behind to get the draw.

The first-half was a hard-fought affair, with the two teams combining for nearly twice as many fouls as shots. Nevertheless, the visiting Águilas were able to take the lead in the 16th minute. Paul Aguilar found some space about 25 yards out and sent a perfectly-placed parabolic shot into the upper corner of the net to make it 0-1 for América.

Chivas pressed forward with intent after falling behind, and Omar Bravo had a good chance to equalize ten minutes later, only for Moisés Muñoz to make the save. Needing more firepower up front as Guadalajara chased the game, José Manuel de la Torre turned to his bench early on in the second half, with Aldo de Nigris entering the game in the 57th minute.

Three minutes later, he had the tying goal. De Nigris got into the box, cut around the defender, and beat Muñoz with a left-footed effort to make it 1-1. The goal brought the crowd in the Estadio Omnilife to life, but Chivas was unable to seize the momentum to find a game winner.

The draw keeps Chivas unbeaten at home this season and leaves América winless in four (all competitions) ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League game with Montreal this Wednesday.

With the 1-1 draw, Chivas reaches 26 points while América reaches 23.

Highlights

Lineups

Chivas: Luis Michel, Raúl López, Jair Pereira, Carlos Salcedo (Néstor Vidrio 60′), Miguel Ángel Ponce, Isaác Brizuela, Carlos Salcido (Aldo de Nigris 57′), Carlos Fierro (Giovani Hernández 86′), Israel Castro, Marco Fabián, Omar Bravo.

América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Ventura Alvarado, Pablo Aguilar, Miguel Ángel Samudio, José Daniel Guerrero (Cristian Pellerano 53′), Osvaldo Martínez, Rubens Sambueza (Paolo Goltz 46′), Antonio Madueña, Darío Benedetto, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Michael Arroyo 66′).

Toluca vs Tijuana – Jornada 15

tijuana tolucaAn early goal and a late one saw Toluca keep their home unbeaten streak alive with a 2-0 win over Tijuana. The victory lifts the Diablos Rojos into the playoff spots and leaves them just one point behind the Xolos, who lost the opportunity to challenge for first place.

Toluca took the lead in just the fourth minute of the game, when Wilder Guisao burst into the box and sent a diagonal shot into the corner, out of the reach of Cirilo Saucedo. The early goal galvanized Tijuana, who were trying to end a four-game winless streak. The Xolos went forward with intent, and in the 15th minute Henry Martín thought he had scored the equalizer, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Five minutes later, a would-be goal from Jerónimo Amione was disallowed for the same reason at the other end of the field to keep the score 1-0 in favor of Toluca going into halftime.

In the second half, play became somewhat bogged down in midfield as both teams fought for possession of the ball. Wilder Guisao was substituted out early in the second half as he was sitting on a yellow card, and the man who replaced him, Lucas Lobos, would score a great goal late on to ensure Toluca’s victory.

In the 89th minute, Lobos cut into the box and, from a very tight angle, sent his shot past Saucedo and into the far netting to make it 2-0. It was Lobos’ first goal of the season, and he celebrated it euphorically.

The Xolos’ famous offense, the most potent in the league, was held scoreless by a Toluca side that has now strung together four consecutive shutouts in the Estadio Nemesio Diez.

With the 2-0 win, Toluca reaches 23 points while Tijuana remains on 24.

Highlights

Lineups
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Christian Pérez, Paulo da Silva, Aarón Galindo, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez, Carlos Esquivel, Richard Ortiz, Antonio Ríos, Édgar Benítez (Erbin Trejo 86′), Jerónimo Amione (Raúl Nava 69′), Wilder Guisao (Lucas Lobos 49′).

Tijuana: Cirilo Saucedo, Juan Carlos Núñez, Javier Gandolfi, Jesús Chávez, Greg Garza (Alfredo Moreno 64′), Richard Ruiz, Juan Arango, Javier Güemez (Joe Corona 75′), Gabriel Hauche, Dayro Moreno, Henry Martín (José Ayoví 55′).

Atlas vs León – Jornada 15

atlas leonLeón twice took the lead but failed to hold it, with Atlas coming from behind for a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Both teams were reduced to 10 men and León missed a penalty kick in this back-and-forth, entertaining match. The win lifts Atlas into the thick of the fight for first place, while León remains in penultimate and is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

León took the lead in just the 4th minute, with Jonathan Botinelli meeting a corner kick near the penalty spot after having lost his marker. However, the lead would not last very long, with León showing some of the defensive frailties that have plagued them this season.

An error in the 14th minute gave the Rojinegros the equalizer, when a poor pass from José Juan Vázquez to Ignacio Canuto allowed Luis Caballero to intercept the ball and go one-on-one with goalkeeper William Yarbrough. Caballero sent a diagonal shot past the keeper to make it 1-1.

However, the visitors would retake the lead equally quickly. In the 20th minute, Carlos Peña played in Fernando Navarro, who shot with his instep to restore León’s advantage.

After those frenetic twenty minutes, the 1-2 scoreline held until the second half. In the 64th minute, León was given a golden chance to put the game out of reach, after Walter Kannemann took down Peña in the box. Referee Fernando Guerrero Ramírez pointed to the penalty spot and also gave Kannemann his second yellow card of the game, leaving Atlas with just 10 men.

However, to the joy of the home fans, Gonzalo Ríos missed the ensuing spot kick, sending it well wide of the post to keep the score 1-2.

Ten minutes later, it was Atlas’s turn to earn a PK after Bottinelli fouled Daniel Álvarez inside the box. Juan Pablo Rodríguez stepped up to take it, and unlike Ríos, he converted it. William Yarbrough guessed the right way, but couldn’t reach the perfectly-placed ball.

Shortly afterwards, Bottinelli’s night got even worse when he earned his second yellow card and was given his marching orders, evening the teams out to 10 apiece. Then, in stoppage time, Enrique Pérez finished off a counterattack to put the Rojinegros in front, 3-2.

With the 3-2 win, Atlas reaches 25 points while León remains on 13.

Highlights

Lineups

Atlas: Federico Vilar, Walter Kannemann, Edgar Castillo, Luis Gerardo Venegas, Enrique Pérez, Juan Carlos Medina, Aldo Leao, Juan Pablo Rodríguez (Martín Barragán 88′), Daniel Álvarez, Chrisitan Suárez (Edy Brambila 46′), Luis Caballero (Carlos Arreola 82′).

León: William Yarbrough, Ignacio Canuto, Edwin Hernández (Martín Bravo 77′), Jonathan Bottinelli, Jonny Magallón, Luis Montes, Fernando Navarro, Carlos Peña, José María Cárdenas, José Juan Vázquez, Gonzalo Ríos (Miguel Sabah 80′).

Pachuca vs Puebla – Jornada 15

pachuca pueblaA come-from-behind 2-1 victory lifted Pachuca into the playoff places, at least temporarily, while preventing Puebla from taking advantage of Leones Negros’ stumble to gain ground in the relegation fight.

The visitors, who were desperate for points, jumped out to an early lead with a Luis Noriega goal in just the 7th minute. It was not the prettiest of goals, but it got the job done. From a set piece, the ball hit the crossbar, came back and bounced against goalkeeper Óscar Pérez, and fell to Noriega, who stooped to head it but appeared to knock it in with his shoulder. A bizarre goal that perhaps should have been disallowed for handball made it 0-1 for Puebla and gave the Poblanos something to defend.

Pachuca had the better of the run of play after that goal, but for all their possession and all the time they spent in the attacking third, they could find no end product to show for it in the first half.

But just moments into the second half, the Tuzos found the equalizer. The unfortunate Mauricio Romero sent his attempted clearance looping into his own net in the 47th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

Rodolfo Pizarro appeared to put Pachuca in front in the 51st minute, only for the goal to be controversially disallowed for offside. Ariel Nahuelpán had ended up in an offside position after falling in the box, and although he did not touch the ball, the assistant ruled that he was in an active offside position and raised his flag to negate the would-be goal.

“El Pampa” Romero’s night would get worse in the the 77th minute, when his foul in the box gave Pachuca a penalty kick. Ariel Nahuelpán stepped up and converted it to give the Tuzos the 2-1 lead and throw Puebla into panic mode.

La Franja very nearly tied it up with the final kick of the game, but the ball ended up just over the crossbar. Puebla, who is now winless in seven games in league play, is still at the mercy of Leones Negros in the relegation fight; if the UdeG wins out, Puebla will be relegated regardless of their own results.

With the 2-1 win, Pachuca reaches 22 points while Puebla remains on 16.

Highlights

Lineups

Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Rodrigo Salinas, Marco Pérez, Miguel Herrera, Walter Ayoví, Rodolfo Pizarro (Cristian Penilla 65′), Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez, Jürgen Damm (Darío Cvitanich 71′), Ariel Nahuelpán, Hirving Lozano.

Puebla: Rodolfo Cota, Michael Orozco, Mauricio Romero, Facundo Erpen, Óscar Rojas, Flavio Santos (Hérculez Gómez 65′), Luis Noriega, Francisco Torres, Alfonso Tamay (John Fredy Pajoy 63′), Matías Alustiza (Luis Robles 57′), Luis Gabriel Rey.

Monterrey vs Monarcas Morelia – Jornada 15

monterrey moreliaMonterrey rebounded from last weekend’s loss in the Clásico Regio with a 1-0 victory over Monarcas Morelia. The win keeps the Rayados unbeaten at home this season and puts them in the thick of the playoff fight. Meanwhile, Morelia remains rooted to the bottom of the table, with the michoacanos unable to build on last weekend’s win.

The game started off slowly, with neither team looked particularly threatening in the opening 45 minutes. Although Monterrey had more of the ball, they could do very little with it, with weak shots barely troubling Jorge Villalpando.

In the 32nd minute, Villalpando twisted his ankle and had to be subbed out in an unfortunate turn of events for the keeper, who had just recovered his starting spot after months on the bench. Carlos Felipe Rodríguez came on to replace him and the first half ended without any other incidents of note.

In the second half, Monterrey showed some improvement and Dorlan Pabón threatened Rodríguez’s goal before opening the scoring in the 57th minute with a designed set-piece play in which he exchanged the ball with Neri Cardozo.

The night would quickly go from bad to worse for the visitors, who lost Carlos Morales to a straight red card in the 69th minute. Morales, the captain of Morelia, was sent off for a stomp on Alexander Mejía, leaving his team down a goal and down a man.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Morelia could have tied the game. In the 76th minute, Luis Cardozo had a golden chance to equalize alone in front of the goalkeeper, but he couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Then, in the 81st minute, a would-be goal for Morelia was disallowed for offside, and Monarcas slumped to their ninth loss of the season.

With the 1-0 win, Monterrey reaches 20 points while Morelia remains on 10.

Highlights

Lineups

Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Alexander Mejía (Jesús Zavala 82′), Hiram Mier, John Stefan Medina, Luis López (Efraín Velarde 76′), Pablo Barrera, Neri Cardozo, Severo Meza, Cándido Ramírez, Lucas Silva (Luis Madrigal 63′), Dorlan Pabón.

Morelia: Jorge Villalpando (Carlos Felipe Rodríguez 32′), Carlos Guzmán (Erick Aguirre 77′), José Olvera, Joel Huiqui, Daniel Arreola, Christian Váldez, Jefferson Cuero, Carlos Morales, Jorge Zárate, Yorleys Mena (Mauro Cejas 58′), Luis Cardozo.

Cruz Azul vs Jaguares de Chiapas – Jornada 15

cruz azul jaguaresA missed penalty kick doomed Cruz Azul to their second consecutive loss as they fell 0-1 to Jaguares de Chiapas on Saturday night. Despite the loss, Cruz Azul remains in playoff positioning at least for the moment, while Jaguares kept themselves alive in the fight for a Liguilla spot.

Roque Santa Cruz returned to the starting lineup for La Máquina, but he wasn’t able to provide a repeat of his last game, where he scored a brace. Instead, the Paraguayan became the villain when his penalty kick was saved in the second half.

Sergio García had what was probably his best game of the season in goal for Chiapas, with “el Matute” saving everything that came his way en route to backstopping the league’s most porous defense to a rare shutout.

That performance allowed Emiliano Armenteros’s 20th minute goal to stand up as the game winner. Some defensive confusion of the “I’ve got it, you take it” variety allowed Jaguares to win the ball just outside the box, and Armenteros played a wall pass with Vicente Matías Vuoso, striking the return ball from outside the 18 and sending it into the lower corner.

Cruz Azul reacted well after falling behind, but for all the chances created by Alejandro Vela, Mauro Formica, Santa Cruz, and the rest, the equalizer just would not come. When Santa Cruz was taken down in the box in the 70th minute and referee César Arturo Ramos pointed to the penalty spot, it looked like the home team would finally find the breakthrough.

But García saved Santa Cruz’s penalty kick – which the Paraguayan had sent more or less straight down the middle – and also saved the follow-up attempt by Fausto Pinto. After that, the home crowd began booing Cruz Azul, and La Máquina was unable to turn the jeers into cheers as an equalizer remained elusive.

With the 0-1 win, Jaguares reach 20 points while Cruz Azul remains on 22.

Highlights

Lineups

Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Gerardo Flores, Francisco Rodríguez, Julio César Domínguez, Fausto Pinto, Gerardo Torrado (Xavier Baez 69′), Rafael Baca, Mauro Formica (José Carlos Toffolo 75′), Christian Giménez, Alejandro Vela (Joao Rojas 54′), Roque Santa Cruz.

Jaguares: Sergio García, Luis Rodríguez (Andrés Andrade 69′), Horacio Cervantes, Javier Muñoz Mustafá, Édgar Dueñas, Franco Arizala (Christian Bermúdez 57′), Diego de la Torre, Gabriel Farfán, Avilés Hurtado, Emiliano Armenteros, Vicente Matías Vuoso (Silvio Romero 63′).

Pumas UNAM Forgot Josecarlos Van Rankin in Veracruz

Pumas UNAM fought back from a 3-1 deficit to draw Veracruz 3-3 on Friday night. But the evening didn’t go completely smoothly for defender Josecarlos Van Rankin, who was left behind at the Estadio Luis “Pirata” Fuente.

Van Rankin had to wait for a taxi to take him to the airport, where he met up with the rest of the team to return to Mexico City.

Interestingly enough, this is not the first time in recent memory that a visiting team has forgotten one of their players in Veracruz: Monterrey left Efraín Juárez behind back in August. Pumas UNAM has a particularly poor track record in this regard, and Van Rankin was not the first player they have neglected to take with them after a match; back in 2010, the universitarios left Marco Antonio Palacios at the Estadio Azul.

Santos Laguna vs Leones Negros – Jornada 15

santos leones negrosSantos Laguna extended their home unbeaten streak to four games and climbed back into the playoff fight with a 1-0 win over Leones Negros. That loss drops the Universidad de Guadalajara to the bottom of the relegation table, pending Puebla’s result later this weekend.

Leones Negros have struggled mightily in front of goal this season, with just 10 goals in their 15 league games to date. As a result, Santos was able to take all three points thanks to a 36th-minute goal from Andrés Rentería, as Leones failed to score for the sixth time this season.

In the 36th minute, Javier Abella sent a cross into the heart of the area and Rentería scored with a diving header to make it 1-0 for the home team. That goal added new life to the game, with Leones obliged to search for a game winner, but it was Santos who had the better of the chances. Djaniny in particular had several clear opportunities to add to the lead, but he couldn’t capitalize on them.

The slim margin kept the UdeG in the game right up until the end, and Juan Anangonó very nearly equalized on two occasions, but neither of his headers found their mark. Leones Negros will now have to wait and see if they’ll end the weekend in last or penultimate in the Tabla de Cociente that controls relegation, while Santos, who jumped to 8th with the win, will see if they can remain in the playoff places after the rest of the results come in.

With the 1-0 win, Santos Laguna reaches 21 points while Leones Negros remain on 15.

Highlights

Lineups

Santos: Agustín Marchesín, José Javier Abella, Oswaldo Alanís, Néstor Araujo, Néstor Calderón, Diego Hernán González, Jesús Molina, Rodolfo Salinas (Alsono Escoboza 67′), Andrés Rentería (Javier Orozco 87′), Djaniny Tavares (Sergio Ceballos 76′).

Leones: Humberto Hernández, Jairo González, Héctor Reynoso, Luis Fernando Télles (Misael Vázquez 60′), Félix Araujo, Marcelo Alatorre (Fernando Guerrero 85′), Christian Díaz, Marc Crosas, Rodolfo Vilchis (Jonathan González 54′), Fidel Martínez, Juan Anangonó.

Veracruz vs Pumas UNAM – Jornada 15

veracruz pumasVeracruz stayed unbeaten at home this season but couldn’t get back to winning ways as they were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw with Pumas UNAM. It was a third straight draw for the Tiburones Rojos, who failed to hold on to a two-goal lead, but it was still enough to lift them into first place pending the rest of this weekend’s results. As for Pumas, the draw keeps them unbeaten in two and lifts them into the playoff places at least for the moment.

The visitors took the lead in this one, with Eduardo Herrera giving the universitarios the lead in the 23rd minute. The young striker took down a cross with his chest, got past Édgar Melitón Hernández, and sent a diagonal shot into the empty net to make it 0-1.

It didn’t take Veracruz long to react to falling behind, though, and they found the equalizer less than five minutes later. In the 27th minute, Juan Ángel Albín tied the game 1-1 with a well-placed free kick, and the Tiburones Rojos would take the lead before halftime.

In the 33rd minute, with everybody up for a corner kick, Gerardo Alcoba was sanctioned for grabbing Leiton Jiménez and preventing him from jumping for the ball, with referee Paul Enrique Delgadillo pointing to the penalty spot. Julio César Furch took the spot kick and blasted it into the back of the net to make it 2-1.

In the second half, Furch would score again, moving back into first place in Liga MX’s individual goalscoring table with a delicate finish from a Óscar Vera cross in the 58th minute to give the home team the 3-1 lead.

The game looked done and dusted then, but Pumas refused to give in, and they were helped by some unfortunate decisions by Veracruz captain Leobardo López. In the 77th minute, López conceded a penalty kick after a late tackle on Luis Fernando Fuentes, which Eduardo Herrera converted to make it 3-2.

Minutes later, Pumas won a free kick, and López’s attempted defensive header instead looped to the back post, hanging up nicely for Ismael Sosa, who didn’t hesitate to stick it in the back of the net. Sosa may have been in an offside position, but since it was López – a Veracruz player – who played the ball to him, it didn’t matter. It was the 81st minute and Pumas had the equalizer.

There were some chances on both ends in the waning moments of the game, but neither team was able to go on to find a game-winner, with the Tiburones Rojos and Pumas UNAM forced to share the spoils.

With the 3-3 draw, Veracruz reaches 25 points while Pumas UNAM reaches 21.

Highlights

Lineups

Veracruz: Édgar Melitón Hernández, Jesús Arturo Paganoni, Leobardo López, Leiton Jiménez, Emmanuel García, Gabriel Peñalba, Óscar Vera (Michel Vázquez 86′), Fernando Meneses (Luis Sánchez 72′), Juan Ángel Albín, Daniel Villalva (Jehu Chiapas 73′), Julio César Furch.

Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josecarlos van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Javier Cortés, Silvio Torales (Daniel Ludueña 46′), David Cabrera, Matías Britos (Jonathan Ramis 66′), Ismael Sosa, Eduardo Herrera.