Berterame signs double and Monterrey defeats Cruz Azul 3

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Argentine striker Germán Berterame scored twice Saturday as Monterrey came from behind to claim its first victory in the Mexican Clausura tournament by beating Cruz Azul 3-2.

Uriel Antuna put La Máquina in front at minute 28, but Berterame equalized at minute 42 and then added a goal at minute 76 that sealed the visitor’s victory at the Azteca stadium in the capital.

Rogelio Funes Mori added a goal in the 50th minute for Rayados, who made their Clausura debut with a home loss to Chivas.

Monterrey now adds three points with which it is placed in seventh position in the table, awaiting the other results for the second day.

Berterame scored an own goal at minute 79 for the other score for the Machine, which has not been able to win after two games and remains with one point, in 12th place in the standings.

Cruz Azul took the lead when Carlos Rodríguez filtered a pass to Antuna, who inside the area turned on a left-footed volley and scored a great goal past the left post by Argentine goalkeeper Esteban Andrada.

The Rayados tied before the break when Jesús Gallardo sent a cross from the left towards the six-yard box where Berterame appeared to push the ball through the center of the goal.

In the complement, in a quick transition, the Uruguayan Rodrigo Aguirre reached the bottom line from the left and sent a late cross for “Mellizo” Funes Mori, who converted with a smooth shot down the middle.

La Máquina made the match more complicated after 52 minutes by being left with 10 players due to the expulsion of Ecuadorian Michael Estrada.

After that, Monterrey relinquished possession and Cruz Azul dominated but gave goalkeeper Andrada little concern.

The Rayados extended their lead when Berterame took a shot from outside the area that entered the right post of Jesús Corona to make it 3-1.

La Máquina added drama to the final minutes when, in a corner kick, Berterame deflected the ball inside the area and put it into his goal for an own goal.

THE EAGLES DO NOT TAKE OFF

With a penalty goal by Henry Martín in the second half, América rescued the 2-2 draw against Toluca.

Paraguayan Carlos González put the hosts ahead in the eighth minute, Uruguayan Brian Rodríguez equalized in the 16th minute and Carlos Orrantia restored the Diablos Rojos’ lead in the 23rd before Martín declared equality in the 76th.

América accumulated its second draw of the tournament and reaches two points to be located in the ninth place.

Toluca, who could not play their first game against Atlas, accumulates one point with which they are placed eleventh.

The Red Devils took the lead when Marcel Ruiz unleashed a shot that was parried by goalkeeper Óscar Jiménez and González appeared to grab the rebound and drive the ball into the back of the net.

Rodríguez equalized with a powerful shot inside the area that left Brazilian goalkeeper Tiago Volpi without a chance.

Toluca resumed the sale when Orrantia took a ball on the outskirts of the area and took a shot that entered through the center of the goal.

In the second half, Chile’s Diego Valdés was brought down inside the box for a penalty that Martín converted with a shot placed into Volpi’s left corner.

Berterame signs double and Monterrey defeats Cruz Azul 3-2