Tijuana beats Toluca, takes No. 1 spot in Mexico
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MEXICO CITY (AP) Tijuana edged Toluca 1-0 in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday to move into No. 1 spot in Mexico's Apertura championship after 12 rounds.
Colombian Duvier Riascos' 54th-minute strike helped Tijuana to the victory and to 27 points in the standings, one ahead of Toluca.
Riascos took possession on the edge of the penalty area, slalomed past two defenders and drove a shot into the bottom corner from a tight angle to give Tijuana the winner. Toluca finished the match with 10 men after Sinha was sent off in the 74th minute for a second yellow card.
On Saturday, Chivas defeated America 3-1 in a match featuring Mexico's most popular clubs. Both teams are now in the playoff race.
Rafael Marquez Lugo scored twice in the second half for Chivas, including a left-foot strike from 25 yards to finish off the scoring in the 68th, to seal the victory against bitter rivals America.
Marco Fabian headed in to put Chivas in the lead in the 36th, with Juan Carlos Medina equalizing for America four minutes later.
In other weekend matches, Pumas defeated Monterrey 3-2, Jaguares had a 4-0 win over San Luis, Puebla beat Tigres 2-1 and Atlante and Morelia drew 2-2. The Queretaro vs. Santos Laguna, Cruz Azul vs. Atlas and Pachuca vs. Leon all finished 1-1.
Eduardo Herrera got Pumas* first goal in the 14th minute after racing clear of the defense and slotting the ball past *keeper Jonathan Orozco.
Efrain Velarde extended the lead three minutes later with a direct free kick, before Argentine Cesar Delgado pulled one back for Monterrey in the 32nd.
Jose Basanta scored an unlucky own goal in the 54th to make it 3-1, with Hector Morales* 62nd minute goal setting up a nervous finish to the game.
Colombians scored all of Jaguares* goals against San Luis. Luis Gabriel Rey got two inside the first 30 minutes, Jhon Cordoba added the third just after halftime and a late effort from Franco Arizala wrapped up the scoring.
Miguel Sabah scored twice in the last 10 minutes to earn a point for Morelia. Luis Venegas had put Atlante into a 2-0 lead with two goals in the first 18 minutes.
U.S. international Herculez Gomez rounded the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net for reigning champions Santos Laguna's goal in the 37th minute.
Luis Angel equalized for last-placed Queretaro in the 52nd.
Puebla came from behind against Tigres, which opened the scoring through Damian Alvarez after 15 minutes.
Jesus Chavez equalized in the 63rd and Edinson Toloza scored the winner in the 78th.
Cruz Azul*s Omar Bravo earned a point for his team with a goal in the 57th, after Matias Vuoso had put Atlas ahead in the 30th.
Updated October 7, 2012