Bryan Rabello (left) scored in Pumas' Liga MX victory over visiting Necaxa on January 29, 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)
Pumas extended its winning streak to three straight games with a 3-1 triumph over Necaxa, while Álvaro Saborío scored his first goal since returning to Saprissa in a thrilling four-goal draw with rival Herediano. CONCACAF.com takes a look at the weekend action involving the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalists.
Pumas 3, Necaxa 1
Pumas (3W-0D-1L) rolled to a third straight victory, rallying for a 3-1 triumph over Necaxa on Sunday in week four of the 2017 Liga MX Clausura. Winter arrivals Nicolas Castillo (48’) and Bryan Rabello (89’) each scored, with the former netting off an assist from red-hot Jesus Gallardo. Pablo Barrera (68’) gave UNAM a 2-1 lead. Castillo now has two goals on the season for Pumas.
Jaguares de Chiapas 1, Tigres 0
Tigres’ (1-1-2) offense was left frustrated by a stout Chiapas defense in a 1-0 loss on Sunday. Luis Angel Mendoza struck for the game’s only goal in the 37th minute. With regular goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman out with an injury (out for at least five more weeks), Enrique Palos made his third start of the season.
Pachuca 0, Toluca 0
For a second consecutive week Pachuca’s (2-1-1) high-flying attack was grounded by a stubborn opponent as the Tuzos were held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Toluca. Pachuca hasn’t scored in 229 minutes of Liga MX play.
Árabe Unido 1, Sporting San Miguelito 1
A 72nd minute goal by Alejandro Hincapie helped Árabe Unido (1-1-1) claim a 1-1 home draw with Sporting San Miguelito on Saturday night in week three of the 2017 Panamanian Clausura. Kevin Galvan gave the visitor a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second half, before Hincapie’s right-footed equalizer.
Saprissa 2, Herediano 2
In a duel between two long-time Costa Rican rivals, Saprissa (3-1-2) battled to a 2-2 draw with visiting Herediano on Saturday night in 2017 Costa Rican Verano action. Fabrizio Ronchetti’s ninth-minute goal gave the Monstruo Morado a 1-0 lead, but Herediano responded with two second-half goals through Óscar Esteban Granados (’70) and Randall Azofeifa (’74). Substitute Alvaro Saborio had the final word, leveling with an 84th minute penalty kick. It was Saborío’s first goal with Saprissa since April 17, 2006.