By DAN KARELL
It took only six minutes into his Liga MX debut for Ronaldinho to score his first goal in a Queretaro shirt.
After a Camilo Sanvezzo shot at an open net in the fourth minute was punched away by Chivas de Guadalajara defender Carlos Salcido, earning him a straight red card, Ronaldinho stepped to the spot for the second time in a week, this time calmly finishing to the goalkeepers left to put Queretaro up a goal. It was the first of four as Queretaro went on to defeat Chivas, 4-1, at the Estadio Omnilife.
With the exception of a tremendous free kick goal from Chivas’ Giovani Hernandez, the rest of the match swung in Queretaro’s favor. Ronaldinho nearly scored a second in the first half when his attempted scissor-kick went over the bar, but he played providor in the 70th minute, slotting through a perfectly-weighted through ball to Camilo for Queretaro’s second goal.
Six minutes later, Queretaro midfielder Willian fired a long-range strike that Chivas goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez fumbled into his own net. Hernandez then put Chivas on the board in the 85th minute but in stoppage time, Othoniel Arce scored to restore the three-goal advantage.
Here’s a closer look at the best of the rest from Liga MX Apertura Round 9:
XOLOS THRASH SANTOS LAGUNA AT HOME
There haven’t been many chances to cheer for Club Tijuana fans since the end of Antonio Muhamed’s tenure at the club, but the fans were able to get off their feet on Friday evening in a huge match with playoff implications.
Xolos pushed themselves right into the playoff race with a 4-1 thrashing of Santos Laguna at the Estadio Caliente, with summer signing Alfredo Moreno scoring a pair of goals in the win.
Missing a handful of starters, Santos were caught out on the counter on a number of occasions, and late goals from Dario Benedetto and substitute Dayro Moreno sealed the win for Xolos. Santos’ lone goal came from the penalty spot via Juan Rodriguez.
LOBOS GOLAZO LEADS TOLUCA PAST MONTERREY
Lucas Lobos may never score a better goal in his life, but it was all his club Toluca needed to jump up in the standings.
The Argentine-born Mexican midfielder unloaded from around 25 yards to the far top corner, evading a leap from Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco to nestle in the back of the net and give Toluca a lead. It ended up being the only goal of the match as Toluca topped Monterrey, 1-0, at the Estadio Nemesio Diez.
With the win, Toluca leap-frog past Monterrey into third place in the Liga MX standings, while Monterrey drop to fourth place.
Here’s a look at the full results from Apertura Round 9 in Liga MX:
Morelia 2, Pumas UNAM 3
Club Tijuana 4, Monterrey 1
Puebla 1, Chiapas 1
Club America 2, Pachuca 1
Tigres UANL 1, Universidad de Guadalajara 0
Club Leon 3, Veracruz 1
Atlas 2, Cruz Azul 1
Toluca 1, Monterrey 0
Chivas de Guadalajara 1, Queretaro 4