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By ESPN Staff
Sep 17, 2006

Mexico: Marioni scores four in Toluca rout

MEXICO CITY, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Argentine striker Bruno Marioni scored four goals, including two penalties, as Toluca routed UANL 7-0 in the Mexican championship.

Marioni, who took his tally to 10 goals in nine games, opened the scoring with a fourth-minute penalty before Toluca hit a remarkable five goals in eight minutes early in the second half of Saturday's game.

Marioni opened the flood gates in the 50th minute when he converted another penalty after Mario Mendez upended Carlos Morales.

Uruguayan Vicente Sanchez provided the finishing touch to a superb run by Mexican international Antonio Naelson one minute later and Marioni completed his hat-trick in the following minute, pouncing on a rebound after Carlos Esquivel's shot was parried by Edgar Hernandez.

Esquivel himself scored in the 56th minute and Marioni made it 6-0 with an individual goal two minutes later.

Toluca, coached by Argentina's 1978 World Cup midfielder Americo Gallego and often accused of being boring, kept going forward and Morales completed the scoring in the 64th minute.

The win kept Toluca top of Group Three in the Apertura championship with 20 points from nine matches.

America stayed three points behind them by winning 2-1 away to Cruz Azul in a derby between two of Mexico City's top teams.

Juan Carlos Mosqueda gave America an 11th-minute lead before Cuauhtemoc Blanco set up the second for Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas on the break in the 79th.

An own goal by Chilean defender Ricardo Rojas provided a late consolation for the Blue Machine, who dropped to fourth in Group One after their fifth game without a win.

In other matches, Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu scored twice as Monterrey beat UAG 3-2 and Costa Rica's Oscar Rojas also notched a brace as Chiapas hammered Atlas 4-0 in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

The win took the team from the jungle state of the same name level on 17 points with their opponents at the top of Group One.

Guadalajara, who formed the backbone of Mexico's World Cup squad, continued their unimpressive form as the drew 0-0 at home to UNAM at the Jalisco stadium.

The Chivas are third in Group One with 13 points and have drawn four of their nine games.