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Bottom-level Tigres stun league-leading Cruz Azul

Tigres haven't given us much of anything to applaud until this weekend, when they handed league leading Cruz Azul their first loss of 2014. The Azul y Blanca have managed to go nine games without losing a match or their spot at the top of the table, but an early penalty got Tigres on the board in under 10 minutes, and despite a hard pressing effort, Cruz Azul were unable to pounce back.

Alan Pulido scored their second goal on his 23rd birthday, off a cross by Carlos Salcido, and Jose 'Gringo' Torres nabbed their third to seal the deal to end this one 3-0. Tigres are slowly climbing their way up the ranks from last place, where they sat for two weeks at one point. Now in 13th place, they’ll face Puebla away twice in three days – Thursday  in Copa MX, and Sunday in week 11 of league play.

Santos come-back win against Club America

If one had to bet on an end result based on the opening half of this game, they’d have definitely taken America as the favorite, but Santos came back with conviction in the second half to shock us all.  Quite the turnaround for Santos, who played like toddlers for the first 35 minutes.

Andres Rios and Rubens Sambueza scored and assisted each other in the opening 11 minutes of play at Estadio Azteca, where a four-man Santos backline was almost nowhere in sight to protect veteran goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez.

The first signs of life in Santos came in the 38th minute, when Oribe Peralta and Darwin Quintero showcased their first of two effective pairings to cut America's 2-0 lead in half, with a pass-back and cross which Quintero was able to slice through two defenders.  

Andres Renteria scored his second goal in five games for Santos to level in the 53rd, and Peralta finished a headed Quintero cross thirty minutes later to lift los Guerreros to three goals over America’s two. Juan Pablo Rodriguez converted a penalty conceded by Andrés Andrade to seal the 4-2 victory in the 90th minute.  

This is now America's fifth loss in 10 weeks as they've struggled to stay consistent under new coach Antonio Mohamed.  They sit in fifth place and will travel to play Chiapas on Saturday.

The win is a huge one for Santos as they, too, have struggled this year. They're approaching another round of Copa Libertadores on March 11, when they travel to Venezuela to play Deportivo Anzoategui before returning home on March 15 to host Pachuca.

Michael Arroyo and William da Silva combine for 6 in 4-2 Atlante win

Cancun-based team Atlante haven't really been a talking point in Liga MX during this tournament (positively, anyway) until now, with Michael Arroyo's performance against Queretaro stealing the spotlight.

The 26 year old Ecuadorian has now recorded six goals in 10 games. His first in this match came from close range in the box to open the scoring within 17 minutes. William da Silva leveled in the 54th minute, but Arroyo responded with two goals only four and five minutes later. The third was a long range strike from about 30 yards out, and his fourth was a free kick golazo from about the same distance.  Da Silva was able to get one back in the 80th minute but it wasn’t enough, and Atlante walked away with three points and a new 6th place spot in the Liga MX table.

Worth mentioning is the appearance of Brazilian forward Camilo Sanvezzo, who came on as a sub for Queretaro. The MLS Golden Boot winner played 45 minutes during the second half, nabbing two blocked shots and one on target. If he continues to feature, it will  be interesting to see how he does against Atlas on Tuesday in Copa MX, and second place Toluca on Friday during week 11.



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