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The Spanish edgar mendez turned this wednesday a pair of goals to guide Necaxa to a 3-1 win over Pumas UNAMon the seventh day of the Closing of Mexican soccer.
Méndez, twice, and the Uruguayan Agustín Oliveros scored for the Pumas and the Argentine Nicolás Freire did it for Pumas.
In minute 2 Méndez scored with a header from Alexis Peña’s pass and extended the lead in the 6 with a forehand on an assist from Uruguayan Maximiliano Silveira.
The university students recovered, dominated in the last half hour of the initial half, but found themselves with a good defense that dried up the attacks until in minute 81 Freire scored with a header and brought the Pumas closer.
In the second half, Pumas let go of at least three goal opportunities; No.ecaxa maintained order and in 85 made it 3-1 with a goal from Oliveros off a pass from Ricardo Monreal.
Necaxa moved up to twelfth place with two wins, one draw, four losses and seven points, one less than the Pumas, eleventh in the standings.
A while before the Rayados de Monterrey defeated Gallos de Querétaro 2-0 and regained the tournament lead.
The Argentinian Rogelio Funes Mori was only second in the scoring tableby converting his sixth goal, and Arturo González scored his fifth goal to shape the victory of the Rayados coach Víctor Manuel Vucetich, with six wins, one loss and 18 points, two more than the UANL Tigers.
Rayados and Tigres, who drew goalless this Tuesday with San Luis, They are followed in the standings by the Águilas del América, who defeated San Luis 3-1 this Tuesdaywith two goals from the World Cup player Henry Martín, leading scorer with nine goals, and one from Diego Valdés.
This Wednesday The Chivas de Guadalajara of the Spanish Serbian strategist Veljko Paunovic beat Tijuana 2-1with two penalties taken by Víctor Guzmán, after the visitors had taken advantage with a score by Argentine Federico Lertora.
Guadalajara rose to fifth place with 12 unitstwo over León that this Tuesday beat Puebla 2-0.
This Thursday the champion Pachuca will visit Mazatlán. He Cruz Azul-Atlas and the Santos Laguna-Tolucapending the day, will be played next week.
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