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Mexican clubs Toluca, Cruz Azul stay undefeated

Mexican clubs Toluca, Cruz Azul stay undefeated

Mexican clubs Toluca and Cruz Azul earned their second wins from two matches on Wednesday with victories in group play of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Toluca defeated home team D.C. United of the United States 3-1 in Group B, while Cruz Azul trounced another Major League Soccer team, the Columbus Crew, 5-0 in Mexico City in a Group C game.
In other matches, Honduran club CD Marathon defeated San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 for its second win in two matches and Panama's Arabe Unido drew 1-1 with the Houston Dyanmo of the MLS.
Toluca's Hector Mancilla scored twice in the final 12 minutes at Washington D.C. to help Toluca to the win. Mancilla broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 79th minute, and tapped into an empty net six minutes later.
Vladimir Marin also scored early for Toluca, while Chris Pontius headed in a goal for D.C. two minutes after halftime.
Cruz Azul downed the Columbus Crew in Mexico City to take the Group C lead with six points from two matches.
The Mexicans took a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes with goals from Jaime Lozano and Ramon Nunez. Lozano converted a penalty in the 81st and the Crew's Chad Marshall conceded two own-goals in the 46th and 88th minutes.
Like many visiting team, Columbus had difficultly adjusting to the 2,400-meter (7,400-feet) altitude in the Mexican capital.
Mario Berrios gave the Marathon a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute at San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but Noel Williams equalized in the 44th.
Mauricio Sabillon scored the winner in the 86th minute. Walter Martinez made it 3-1 in the final minute.
In Panana City Orlando Rodriguez scored in injury time to rally Arabe Unido to a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo in Group A.
Arabe Unido and Houston each have four points from two matches and share the Group A lead. Mexico's Pachuca follows with three points.
Sierra Leone forward Kei Kamara gave Houston the lead in the 69th minute, but Rodriguez salvaged the draw when he headed in a pass from Jose Justavino.
The match was halted briefly when power failed late in the second half, putting out the lights in Agustin Sanchez de La Chorrera stadium.
Three Houston players _ Corey Ashe, Andrew Hainault and Stuart Holden _ were sent off, as were Arabe players David Daniels and Omar Camargo.


Updated : 2021-07-31 14:26 GMT+08:00