Guadalajara snatch draw in season opener

January 21, 2007

MEXICO CITY, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Guadalajara launched their title defence by scoring with the last kick of the game to snatch a dramatic 1-1 draw at home to Toluca in Mexico's Clausura championship.

Mexico midfielder Ramon Morales saved the only team who do not field foreign players with a free kick which flew over Toluca's wall and past goalkeeper Hernan Cristante in the third minute of injury time on Saturday.

Toluca, beaten by Guadalajara in the final of the Apertura championship in the first half of the season, had taken the lead in the 73rd minute at the Jalisco stadium when Paraguay defender Paulo da Silva scored with a deflected shot following a corner.

Jared Borgetti, Mexico's all-time leading international scorer, celebrated his return to domestic football by grabbing the first goal in Cruz Azul's 3-2 win at home to Pachuca.

Borgetti, who had an unhappy year with English Premier League Bolton Wanderers followed by six months in Saudi Arabia with Al Ittihad, headed in a corner after a quarter of an hour.

Argentines Christian Gimenez and Damian Alvarez scored either side of halftime to put Pachuca ahead but Cruz Azul hit back with two long-range efforts in six minutes from Uruguay striker Richard Nunez.

Cruz Azul's Israel Lopez and Pachuca's Luis Angel Landin were sent off for fighting in the 73rd minute.

Santos Laguna, who went on a pre-championship spending spree which included the signing of goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez from Guadalajara, began with a 1-0 defeat at Monterrey, defender Santiago Banos scoring the only goal.