Toluca continue unbeaten run in Mexico

September 11, 2006

MEXICO CITY, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Toluca extended their unbeaten run to seven games in the Mexican Apertura championship by beating Morelia 2-1 on Sunday.

Argentine striker Bruno Marioni put the Red Devils ahead from a free kick in the 26th minute, his sixth goal of the tournament.

Mexican international Antonio Naelson added the second 14 minutes later after playing a one-two with Uruguayan striker Vicente Sanchez.

Morelia were rewarded for their second half pressure when Mariano Trujillo converted a penalty in the 76th minute, only the third goal conceded by Toluca in the competition.

Toluca, coached by former Argentina midfielder America Gallego, lead Group Three in the Apertura championship with 17 points -- five wins and two draws -- from seven games.

Angry Santos Laguna fans threw objects on o the field in protest after their team lost 1-0 at home to America, leaving them bottom of Group Three with three points.

They also demanded the resignation of the club's board of directors.

Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas scored the winner for America, who are third in the same group with 11 points.

Mexican striker Omar Bravo scored twice as Guadalajara, the country's most popular club, produced their best performance of the tournament to thrash Necaxa 4-0.

Alberto Medina and Javier Hernandez shared the other goals for the Chivas, who are fourth in Group One with 11 points.

Titleholders Pachuca beat UAG 5-2, helped by two goals from Argentine striker Christian Gimenez, while a goal from his compatriot Ignacio Scocco gave UNAM a 1-0 away to Cruz Azul in the Mexico City derby.