Benitez nets hat trick as America goes top

Updated: April 29, 2013

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America joined Tigres and Atlas at the
top of the Mexican Clausura as Cristian Benitez scored a second-half hat trick
to help America to a 4-2 comeback win at Pachuca.

The home side took a two-goal lead in the first 50 minutes with goals from
Angel Martinez and Fernando Cavenaghi, but Benitez began his scoring binge in
the 61st to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

He scored his second goal of the match four minutes later, and after Daniel
Arguello was sent off for a foul inside the penalty area, Raul Jimenez put
America in front from the penalty spot.

Benitez completed his hat trick in the 77th to seal the win, which moves the
club level on 32 points with Tigres and Atlas at the top of the league.

Tigres lost for the second time this season on Saturday, dropping a 1-0 result
at home to Monterrey, whose goal arrived in the 47th minute through Leobardo
Lopez, while Atlas was held to a 1-1 draw at Puebla as Jonathan Laserda scored
the equalizer in the 84th minute for the home side.

The lone match on Friday saw Morelia claim a 2-1 win over Toluca as Hector
Mancilla tallied the winning goal in the 68th minute.

Santos fell three points behind the leaders after losing 1-0 at Cruz Azul to a
goal from Christian Gimenez, Leon’s Edgar Pacheco netted the lone goal in the
79th minute of his team’s 1-0 victory over Atlante, San Luis topped nine-man
Tijuana, 1-0, UNAM got two goals from Javier Granados in a 3-0 victory over
Jaguares and Queretaro secured a 2-1 win at Guadalajara despite playing the
final 63 minutes with 10 men.