Soccer  > General Soccer  > Cuevas' early pair leads Toluca to 4-0 win
August 27, 2010, 10:52 AM
TOLUCA, Mexico -- Juan Cuevas scored twice in the first 10 minutes and Toluca comfortably defeated Olimpia 4-0 Thursday to share the Group D lead with the Puerto Rico Islanders in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The victory gave Toluca four points along with the Caribbean club champ, and sets up a head-to-head clash with the Islanders at Estadio Nemesio Diez for the undisputed group lead on September 15 when the Champions League returns from a two-week break.

Cuevas, one of four changes for Toluca manager Jose Manuel De La Torre from Saturday's 1-0 victory over Atlas in the Mexican Apertura, scored in the fourth and 10th minutes to put "los Diablos Rojos" (the Red Devils) in control early.

The result extended Toluca's unbeaten streak to six games in all competitions after opening the Mexican league season with a 2-1 loss to Pumas. It was only the second loss in five games for Olimpia but extended its winless streak to four and left it with one point along with CD FAS.

Toluca generated chances from the opening kickoff when Hector Mancilla put a shot wide of the right post from inside the six-yard box within 40 seconds.

Cuevas had a chance from distance blocked less than a minute later and Mancilla had a ball knocked away in the area in the third minute.

Cuevas finally converted when Mancilla sprinted free around the right wing to the byline and sent a low ball back toward the middle of the area where Cuevas, trapped it, eluded one defender with a touch and easily beat Olimpia goalkeeper Donis Escober.

Cuevas, who has played only 94 minutes in four Mexican league matches, doubled the lead six minutes later, finding time and space as he dribbled down the middle of the field and unleashed a 30-meter blast that streaked into the upper corner.

Toluca continued to have the better of play with Olimpia creating a handful of chances in isolated moments.

Bany Lozano, positioned to the right of Alfredo Talavera, pivoted to get off a shot from inside the penalty spot that the Toluca keeper pushed over the bar with a right-handed reaction save in the 17th. Olimpia's best moment appeared to come in the 21st minute when Ramiro Bruschi volleyed a short ball from Lozano from 10 meters that Edgar Duenas, standing on the line at the right post, knocked away with his head.

The second half was a repeat of much of the first with Toluca dominating the possession but neither side creating many dangerous chances.

Toluca added a third goal in the 63rd when Mancilla strolled between the Olimpia central defense behind a ball-watching Johnny Palacios and headed in Mario Mendez's cross from the edge of the six-yard box.

It completed the scoring with an own-goal in the 86th. Antonio "Zinha" Naelson's cross from the right was headed for Mancilla running at the back post, but Olimpia vice-captain Jose Francisco Arevalo tried to clear it at the near post - only to deflect it up and over Escober.

Olimpia, in third place in the Honduran Aperutra, will host its first match in Group D on September 16 against the Puerto Rico Islanders when the Champions League returns.


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