Pachuca tops Tigres, Saprissa secures road point

Action from the Liga MX Clausura match between host Pachuca (white/blue jersey) and Tigres on February 11, 2017, in Pachuca, Mexico. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

Pachuca edged Tigres in a battle of Liga MX’s last two champions, while Saprissa picked up a point on the road at Perez Zeledon. takes a look at the weekend action involving the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalists.

Pachuca 1, Tigres 0
A seventh minute goal from Franco Jara helped push third-place Pachuca (3W-2D-1L) past 16th-place Tigres (1W-1D-4L) in a closely-contested affair between Mexico’s 2016 Clausura champions and 2016 Apertura champions, respectively, on Saturday. The Tuzos netted the only goal when Jonathan Urretaviscaya lifted a ball from the right side of box that Jara headed home from four-yards out. Tigres scoreless in Liga MX play was extended to 278 minutes, while Pachuca has conceded only once in its last three outings.

Monterrey 2, Pumas 0
Seventh-place Pumas (3W-1D-2L) saw its four-match Liga MX unbeaten streak come to an end in a 2-0 loss at Monterrey on Saturday. Dorlan Pabon (72’, 81’) scored both goals in the later stages of the second half. UNAM’s frustrations were compounded as Mexico international Jesus Gallardo was sent off in the 85th minute.

Perez Zeledon 0, Saprissa 0
Three days after its four-match unbeaten streak was snapped in a 1-0 loss to visiting Belen Siglo XXI, Saprissa (4W-3D-3L) played host Perez Zeledon to a 0-0 draw on Sunday. The Monstruo Morado lost forward Fabrizio Ronchetti to a 10th-minute injury. Goalkeeper Dany Carvajal made a key save with five minutes left in normal time to preserve his third clean sheet of the 2017 Costa Rican Verano.

Chorrillo 1, Arabe Unido 0
Three days after an emphatic 4-0 win over Atletico Nacional, Arabe Unido (2W-1D-3L) fell 1-0 to Chorrillo on Saturday night in the 2017 Panamanian Clausura. The Expreso Azul, which got two goals from recently-signed Blas Perez in the midweek, were limited by Chorrillo’s stubborn defense. Luis Rojas (51’) scored the lone goal six minutes into the second half. Árabe Unido’s Enrico Small was sent off in the 72nd minute.