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Gallego puts one over on former coach Menotti in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Oct 21 (Reuters) Argentine World Cup winner Americo Gallego enjoyed a crushing win over his former mentor Cesar Luis Menotti as their respective teams clashed in the Mexican championship.

Gallego, a combative midfielder in Menotti's 1978 World Cup winning team and now coach of UANL Tigres, saw his side thump Menotti's Tecos UAG 4-0 in last night's game.

Uruguay forward Sebastian Abreu and his striking partner Emmanuel Cerda scored twice each as the Tigers romped to only their third win in 13 games in the Apertura championship.

Despite the win, Gallego's team remained bottom of Group Three with 12 points.

Tecos, who have shown an improvement since Menotti, 68, took over four games into the championship, are fifth in Group One with 14.

The 18 teams play each other once in the qualifying stage but are divided into three groups.

Cameroon's Alain Nkong scored a last-minute equaliser as Atlante held Guadalajara to a 1-1 draw away from home, Sergio Santana having given the all-Mexican Chivas the lead on the hour.

Guadalajara (22 points) top Group Three and Atlante (26) are second in Group Two.

Troubled America, playing their second game under new coach Daniel Brailowsky, chalked up their first away win as they came from behind to win 2-1 at defending champions Pachuca.

Paraguay forward Salvador Cabanas and Argentine midfielder Federico Insua scored in the last 20 minutes for the Eagles, one of Mexico's most powerful clubs.

Christian Gimenez had given the Beavers a 10th minute lead.

America (17) are third in Group Two while Pachuca (17) are third in Group One.


Story first published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 12:58 [IST]
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