Toluca holds top spot in Mexican league’s Clausura tournament

Toluca holds top spot in Mexican league's Clausura tournament 

Toluca player Rodrigo Salinas celebrates after scoring a goal against Veracruz during the 16th week of the Mexican league’s Clausura tournament on April 22, 2018, at Nemesio Diez Stadium in Toluca, Mexico. EPA-EFE/Jose Mendez

Mexico City, Apr 23 (efe-epa).- Toluca, coached by Argentine Hernan Cristante, blew out Veracruz 3-0 over the weekend, locking down the top spot in the Mexican league’s Clausura tournament.

Sunday’s win put Toluca, with 36 points, firmly in control of the No. 1 spot in the standings.

Toluca leads second-place Santos Laguna, which lost to the UNAM Pumas, by seven points.

Chileans Marcelo Diaz and Nicolas Castillo scored goals for the Pumas in their 2-1 win over Santos Laguna.

Argentine Carlos Izquierdoz scored for Santos Laguna in the 78th minute, avoiding a shutout.

Santos Laguna’s Djaniny Tavares remains the tournament leader in goals scored, with 14, followed by Castillo, who has 11 goals under his belt.

Monterrey is in third place in the standings, with 28 points, while the Tigres UANL are in fourth place, with 27 points, and America is in fifth place, with 26 points.