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Goals from Christian Gimenez and Alemão gave Cruz Azul a 2-1 win over Queretaro at the Estadio Corregidora on Friday night- despite the visitors conceding their first goal of the season.
The win allowed Luis Fernando Tena’s men to move clear at the top of the Liga MX table.
In addition, Cruz Azul remained as one of two undefeated teams left in the competition.
Cruz Azul enjoyed the greater share of chances in the first half, and in the 24th minute, Joao Rojas fired across the face of goal, forcing a fine reaction save from Tiago Volpi.
But Queretaro made most of their chances, and four minutes later, Patricio Rubio was laid off the ball at the edge of the box. The former Universidad de Chile man launched a first-time left-footed shot past Jesus Corona to put the hosts ahead.
The goal was the first Cruz Azul conceded in all of the present season.
However, before the break, Cruz Azul equalized through an Alemão penalty. Yasser Corona was called for a handball inside the box, and the Brazilian slotted home the spot-kick for his second goal of the season.
The second half started with Queretaro having more control of the ball, and in the 54th minute, Ronaldinho curled a free-kick that forced Corona to a smart save.
Seconds later, Ronaldinho saw Danilinho head his cross only inches wide of the post.
If anything, it was one of Ronaldinho’s better games since his arrival to the Liga MX.
But the hosts were made pay when Alemão was tripped inside the box. The ref pointed for the second penalty of the match, and Christian “Chaco” Jimenez nodded in from the spot to give Cruz Azul the lead.
The goal was Gimenez’s 100th since arriving to the Liga MX from Atletico Independiente of Argentina.
In the 77th minute, Alemão stormed through the left-wing and the forward passed to Mauro Formica. The Argentine arrowed a shot to the corner of the net, but Volpi held on.
Danilinho received a red card late on as Queretaro failed to breach the Cruz Azul defense again.
At the final whistle, Queretaro made it four games in a row without a win.
For Cruz Azul, it was their first game scoring more than one goal this season.