UAG Tecos go top in Mexico as Toluca slip up
MEXICO CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Guadalajara club UAG moved two points clear in Mexico's Clausura title race by beating Monterrey 3-2 in a thrilling game while fellow-pace setters Toluca lost 2-1 at Cruz Azul.
The Tecos trailed 2-0 to goals by Severo Meza and Reinaldo Navia but Argentine striker Daniel Luduena led a thrilling fightback. He bagged two goals and laid on a pass for Brazilian Eliomar Marcon to score the winner.
UAG are the only club to maintain a 100 per cent record in the Clausura, with four games played.
Reigning Apertura champions Toluca lost their perfect record after taking the lead with a first-half goal by Carlos Esquivel.
Francisco Fonseca equalised on 31 minutes and Gabriel Pereyra turned the game round for Cruz Azul on 71.
Toluca coach Americo Gallego's team slipped to third place in the overall Clausura table.
Pachuca moved into second place, on 10 points, coasting to an emphatic 3-0 win over Atlas on Sunday.
Paraguayan Nelson Cuevas scored twice for Pachuca to build on Andres Chitiva's opening goal.
Atlante maintained their unbeaten record by beating Necaxa 2-1 with two goals by Chilean Patricio Galaz.
Atlante joined Chiapas and Cruz Azul on seven points. Chiapas, who have the best goal average of the three, beat bottom-placed Veracruz 3-2 thanks to a hat-trick by Carlos Ochoa.
Guadalajara edged out UANL 1-0 to notch-up their first win of the Clausura tournament.
Omar Bravo, the hero of Guadalajara's recent Libertadores Cup win over Chilean club Colo Colo, scored the goal that lifted spirits at Mexico's best-supported club.
Another sleeping giant in the Mexican league started to show better form as America beat Morelia 3-0 for their first Apertura win.
Brazilian striker Kleber scored two spectacular goals and Mexico captain Pavel Pardo claimed the third as America's players rediscovered their confidence.