Pumas draw 2-2 with Tigres in Mexican league; America leads despite 0-0 draw



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MEXICO CITY — Pumas were unable to maintain the winning form they displayed against America last month, drawing 2-2 at home with Tigres on Sunday.

America remains the league leader after eight rounds of matches in Mexico's first division, yet it was held to a 0-0 draw away to Leones Negros.

Second-place Monterrey is a point behind but has a game in hand after the match with Chivas was postponed due to poor field conditions.

In other results this weekend, Queretaro and Puebla drew 1-1, Santos Laguna beat Leon 2-0, Veracruz and Atlas drew 1-1, Toluca defeated Cruz Azul 2-1, Pachuca and Tijuana were level 1-1, and Chiapas and Morelia also drew by the same result.

First-half goals from Dante Lopez and Ismael Sosa gave Pumas the advantage. Jesus Duenas struck from outside of the area in the 71st and Juninho converted a penalty to equalize four minutes before the end.

America failed to score for the third consecutive game. Rubens Sambueza came closest in the 90th with a curling free kick that hit the crossbar.

Queretaro's newest signing Ronaldinho did not debut this weekend, but he did appear for his presentation as a player. Fellow Brazilian Camilo Sanvezzo finally put Queretaro ahead with a right-foot strike in the 89th. However, the referee awarded Puebla a late penalty, and Mexican veteran Cuahtemhoc Blanco scored with the final kick of the game.

Mauro Cejas opened for Santos Laguna with a header in the ninth. Leon had two players sent off and Alonso Escoboza doubled the margin of victory with a left-foot finish in the 92nd.

Veracruz's Carlos Ochoa struck in the 19th, but Luis Caballero equalized with a close range shot three minutes into the second half.

Toluca's Miguel Ponce scored from inside of the area seconds before halftime. Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona gifted the away team a second in the 60th, after he mishandled Paulo da Silva's header. Pablo Herrera reduced the deficit with a powerful strike in the 72nd, but Cruz Azul was unable to rescue a point.

Pachuca's Hirving Lozano headed down a shot that deflected off his own right foot and into the net in the 12th. Alfredo Moreno levelled for Tijuana six minutes later.

Javier Munoz tapped in a first-half goal for Chiapas, but David Depretis headed home the equalizer in the 47th.

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