Atlas beats Cruz Azul, takes first place in Mexican soccer

Mexico City, Mar 31 (EFE).- Atlas beat Cruz Azul 2-1 to become the new leaders in the Clausura 2013 Mexican soccer tourney at the beginning of the 12th week of the championship.

Luis Ramos scored in the 39th minute of Saturday's match and Vicente Matias Vuosso added a goal in the 55th minute for the visitors, while Israel Castro found the net for the home squad, who remain out of the qualifying zone, in the 51st minute.

The first period was rather lackluster except for the fact that Ramos managed to knock a header in.

After the break, the Blues put on the pressure and Atlas responded with play going back and forth until Castro received the ball on a play initiated by Colombia's Teofilo Gutierrez and evened the score with a shot from the right.

But Atlas responded just 4 minutes later with another goal of their own, thus securing their tourney lead with eight wins, two ties, two defeats and 26 points, one more than Tigres, who are slated to play Puebla and if they manage to get at least a tie will recover the lead.

Cruz Azul is currently in 11th place with 14 points.

Also on Saturday, Monterrey pounded UNAM Pumas 3-0 on late goals by Luis Mardigal in the 80th minute, Humberto Suazo in the 86th minute and Cesar Delgado in extra time, and San Luis did the same to Chiapas, the 3-0 result coming on goals by Juan Cuevas in the 23rd minute on a penalty kick, Javier Muñoz in the 62nd minute and Marco Perez Riego in the 66th minute.

Meanwhile, Morelia crushed Atlante 4-0, with the latter's Israel Martinez starting off his team's bad luck express with an own goal in the 4th minute, followed by goals by Hector Mancilla in the 21st minute, and two by Carlos Ochoa, one in the 86th minute and the second 5 minutes later.

Santos Laguna tied Queretaro 1-1, although it looked like they would notch a clear win up until the very last seconds. The first score came on a shot by Oribe Peralta Morones in the 38th minute and then an own goal by teammate Felipe Baloy in the 94th minute snatched a draw from the jaws of victory.

Also on Saturday, Toluca beat Tijuana 1-0 on a goal by Wilson Mathias in the 7th minute and Leon and Pachuca battled to a scoreless tie.

On Sunday, Tigres will go up against Puebla and America will face off against Guadalajara.