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Chivas reduced to 9 men, held to a 0-0 draw by Puebla in Mexican 1st division

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MEXICO CITY — Chivas had two players sent off during the second half in a 0-0 draw at home against Puebla on Sunday and slumped to 15th spot in Mexico's first division.

Puebla's goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota saved Angel Reyna's penalty attempt in the 51st minute, and Chivas struggled after Nestor Vidrio and Israel Castro were sent off.

Miguel Layun scored all four goals as league leader America thrashed Santos Laguna 4-1 to keep a four-point buffer over second-place Monterrey, which had a 2-1 victory over Atlas.

In other 10th-round results, Queretaro drew 1-1 with Toluca, Veracruz defeated Tijuana 1-0 after David Villalva's 23rd-minute strike, Pachuca lost 3-2 to Tigres, Cruz Azul beat Leon 1-0, Morelia overcame Leones Negros 2-1, and Pumas drew 2-2 with Chiapas.

Layun opened his account on Sunday with a 40th-minute tap-in. He volleyed another nine minutes into the second half, and struck from close range in the 60th. Santos pulled one back via a Carlos Izquierdoz header in the 70th, but Layun scored again in the last minute of regulation time.

Monterrey's Lucas Silva struck from outside the area in the 8th, and doubled his team's lead with a shot into the left net in the 26th. Edgar Castillo scored a deflected long-range strike for Atlas in the 84th, but it came too late to be anything more than a consolation.

Toluca's Pablo Velazquez scored a header from a corner in the 14th and the referee awarded a penalty for Queretaro after Camilo Sanvezzo went down in the area seconds before halftime. It was Sanvezzo, rather than Ronaldinho, who claimed and scored the penalty on the former Brazil star's home debut. The goal, Sanvezzo's seventh of the season, puts him level with Monterrey's Dorlan Pabon as the league's leading goalscorer.

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