Sunday, April 9, 2006
Soccer-Guadalajara's run ends as six players depart
MEXICO CITY, April 9 - Guadalajara fell victim to
Mexico's extended World Cup preparations when they were beaten
2-0 at Morelia at the weekend without six players picked by the
Under an agreement between the Mexican Football Federation
(FMF) and the clubs, the players who were named in the
provisional 26-man World Cup squad last week will take no
further part in the Clausura championship.
Guadalajara, who had won their first five games under new
coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, were missing Oswaldo Sanchez,
Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Gonzalo Pineda, Ramon
Morales and Omar Bravo.
The Chivas, the only team who do not field foreigners,
sorely missed goalkeeper Sanchez as his replacement Alfredo
Talavera was at fault for both Morelia goals.
Argentine forward Damian Alvarez put Morelia ahead in the
54th minute as he caught Talavera off his line, then added a
second 11 minutes later as he pounced on a poor clearance by the
Guadalajara, who have 22 points from 14 games, dropped to
third place in Group 3.
Cruz Azul, who had three players called up by Mexico, moved
above them into second place by beating Veracruz 3-0 with all
the goals coming from Argentines.
Pablo Quatrocchi put through his own goal in the 27th minute
before Cesar Delgado and Gabriel Pereyra scored in a four-minute
spell in the second half.
Chiapas, who lead the group with 30 points, became the first
team to make sure of a quarter-final place as they beat Atlante
1-0 with a goal from Paraguay forward Salvador Cabanas.
San Luis won 1-0 at Monterrey to stay top of Group One with
22 points while Pachuca's 4-1 demolition of Necaxa kept them top
of Group 2 with 27.
America, the country's richest club, continued their
unimpressive form by losing 3-1 at home to UNAM in a Mexico City
derby at the Azteca stadium.
Jose Luis Lopez headed UNAM ahead in the 23rd minute before
Aaron Padilla levelled for the Eagles on the hour. Bruno Marioni
and Israel Castro gave UNAM their second straight win under new
coach Guillermo Vazquez.
America dropped to fourth in Group One with 17 points while
UNAM went third in Group Two with 20. The top two teams in each
group, plus the two with the best overall records, qualify for