MEXICO CITY (AP) – José Gurrola and Ángel Sepúlveda scored scores in the first half and Querétaro won 2-0 over Pumas on Sunday for the third date of the Mexican Clausura tournament.
Gurrola shook the nets first in the 21st minute and Sepúlveda hit a header to extend the lead at 43.RELATED
With their second consecutive victory, the Gallos Blancos accumulate six points and were placed in the fourth rung of the standings with three games remaining to date.
It is a good start to the tournament for Querétaro, which has one of the lowest payrolls in the first division with a value of 22.30 million dollars, according to the specialized portal Transfermarket. Only Puebla has a lower with 21.67 million dollars.
Meanwhile, Pumas suffered his first setback and remains with four units, in sixth position in the table.
The university students suffered the absence of Argentine Juan Dinenno, who suffered an injury last week to his right leg and did not recover for the match. In addition, right-back Alan Mozo was suspended for breaking sanitary protocols to mitigate the transmission of the new coronavirus after he met with friends in a bar in the Mexican capital on Friday night.
Los Gallos Blancos dominated the game from the start and were close to their first goal in the 13th minute when Kevin Ramírez unleashed a powerful shot that crashed into the post.
Querétaro took the lead when Uruguayan Gonzalo Montes leaked a ball into the area for Gurrola, who took a mid-range shot that beat goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
Before the break, the locals extended their advantage when the Ecuadorian Luis Antonio Valencia sent a precise cross from the right wing towards the heart of the area, where Sepúlveda beat his marker to connect a header from a chopped head that entered through the right post of Talavera.
CRISTANTE’S DECISION WORKS
When the Toluca leadership approached Hernán Cristante to propose that he lead the team from which he was fired less than two years ago, the Argentine acknowledges that he should have meditated.
But very little. After all, you can’t say no to something you love.
After three dates of the Mexican Clausura tournament, the decision seems to have been the correct one.
To the beat of goals from Ecuadorian strikers Michael Estrada and Joao Plata, the Red Devils beat Necaxa 2-0 to climb to the top of the local championship.
Estrada converted a penalty in the 24th minute and Plata added a goal in the 90th for the Red Devils’ second victory in three rounds.
Toluca remains undefeated and with seven points it was placed in the first place of the table with the same harvest as Santos, but a better goal difference.
It is a good start for Cristante, who returned to the helm of the team for this tournament after almost two years of absence in which his successors, his compatriot Ricardo La Volpe and José Manuel de la Torre failed in the mission to return him lost prominence. to the Red Devils.
“It is premature to talk about what the team is for, but we work with clear objectives and obviously one of those is to have the team at the top,” said Cristante at a press conference. “Communion with the people is going to happen when they see the team that surrenders and fights, but it is clear that we are going to have ups and downs because football is like that.”
In a first stage, between the summer of 2016 and February 2019 when he was fired due to poor results, Cristante led the Red Devils to the final of the Clausura 2018 that they lost to Santos.
Toluca, the third team with the most titles in Mexico, behind Chivas and América, has not been proclaimed champion of the league since the Clausura 2010.
“The team is working on recovering identity, on getting involved to find out the institution where we are standing and the price to pay for being here,” said Cristante, a former goalkeeper who won five league titles with the Red Devils.
Necaxa remains with three points, in 12th position awaiting the other results of the date.