Chivas take over 1st place in Mexican league's Clausura tourney

Guadalajara, Mexico, Jan 21 (efe-epa).- Mexican soccer club Chivas defeated Toluca 1-0 to move into first place in the Liga MX's Clausura tournament.

A second-half goal by Alan Pulido proved to be enough in a controversy-marred Matchday 3 of 17 game in which Toluca's apparent late equalizer was waved off.

Toluca started off aggressively in Sunday's contest at Akron Stadium and nearly got a goal in the 17th minute from Luis Mendoza.

But the Guadalajara-based club then seized the momentum and had two excellent chances to score in the first half on shots by Isaac Brizuela (whose attempt was saved by net minder Alfredo Talavera) and Carlos Cisneros.

In the second half, Pulido shook free from a defender in the 57th minute and fired a right-footed shot from well outside the penalty box that snuck inside the left upright past Talavera.

Chivas focused on defense the rest of the way and managed to make the lead hold up, although Toluca seemed to have scored on a header by striker Enrique Triverio in the 75th minute.

The ball spun along the goal line but clearly appeared to have gone in, although the referee ruled that a tiny part of the ball had not crossed the line.

The decision was especially frustrating for Toluca considering that Triverio was closest to the ball after his header and could have easily booted it into the back of the net had he not thought he had already scored.

Chivas (nine points) now have a two-point lead over second-place Monterrey, who defeated Queretaro 2-1 on Saturday.

With the loss, Toluca fell from first to fourth in the Clausura.