Toluca holds top spot in Mexican league


MEXICO CITY (AP) -Toluca beat Atlas 3-1 to maintain a slender lead over Tijuana in the Mexican first division after 10th-round matches on the weekend.

Toluca leads the competition with 23 points, narrowly ahead on goal difference from Tijuana, which had a 1-0 win over Queretaro on Saturday.

Reigning champion Santos Laguna moved into sixth place with a 3-1 win over Atlante on Sunday.

In other weekend matches: Leon overhauled Monterrey for third spot with a 2-0 win on Friday, Pachuca defeated Chivas 1-0, Jaguares won 1-0 against Cruz Azul, America and Morelia drew 1-1, Tigres drew 0-0 against San Luis and Pumas defeated Puebla 2-1.

In Sunday's match, Mexico international Oribe Peralta turned the last defender and placed the ball into the corner of the net to seal the points for Santos Laguna in the 84th minute.

Daniel Luduena had opened the scoring in the 14th, before Darwin Quintero extended Santos' lead in the 59th. Atlante's goal came from Sergio Napoles in the 82nd.

Sinha broke into the area and finished past Atlas goalkeeper Miguel Pinto to open the scoring for leaders Toluca in the 19th minute of Saturday's match.

Luis Tejada scored five minutes later from close range to make it 2-0, before Hector Mancilla pulled one back for Atlas in the 84th. Brazilian Wilson Matias wrapped up the scoring in second-half injury time.

Alfredo Moreno's goal five minutes before halftime secured the win for Tijuana, which played the last 35 minutes with 10 players after Pablo Aguilar was sent off.

Leon took the lead courtesy of Luis Montes' strike from inside the penalty area in the 57th.

Colombian Hernan Burbano extended the lead five minutes later after cutting in from the right wing and shooting inside the near post.

Pachuca's only goal came with a penalty on the hour from Mauro Cejas.

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