Mexican champs Atlante topple Pumas UNAM
MEXICO CITY, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Mexican Apertura champions Atlante came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win at Pumas UNAM in the Clausura championship on Sunday.
Argentine midfielder Rubens Sambueza put the home side ahead shortly after the interval but Gabriel Pereyra levelled with a penalty and Christian Bermudez hit the winner on 66 minutes.
The result was a replica of the Apertura championship final in December when Atlante edged out Pumas by the same scoreline.
"This team is going after both titles. This sends out the message that we will not be sitting back and settling for just one championship but we will keep battling for more," said goalscorer Pereyra.
Atlante drew 2-2 with Chiapas Jaguares in their tournament opener last week.
Morelia continued their bright start to the Clausura campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win over Pachuca on Saturday, helped by two goals from Colombian midfielder Aldo Leao.
Toluca had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Santos Laguna on Sunday after taking the lead twice with goals by Santiago Fernandez and Sergio Amaury Ponce.
Argentine midfielder Daniel Luduena rescued Santos Laguna with a goal in each half, his second coming from a floated free-kick in the last minute.
A deftly struck goal by striker Guillermo Marino gave Tigres UANL a 1-0 win over Cruz Azul on Saturday.
The Tigers tightened their grip after Cruz Azul's Gerardo Torrado was sent off for a second bookable offence, but could not capitalise with more goals.
Atlas beat Veracruz 3-0 on Friday, triggering the dismissal of Red Sharks' coach Antonio Mohamed who became the first managerial victim of the fledgling championship.