Soccer  > General Soccer  > Orozco scores three more to power Cruz Azul
September 16, 2010, 10:50 AM
PANAMA CITY - Javier Orozco scored three goals in the first 27 minutes and powered Cruz Azul to a 6-0 victory over Arabe Unido on Wednesday, increasing the 23-year-old Mexican's Champions League-leading total to 10 in four games.

Orozco, who made his debut with the Mexican national team September 4 against Ecuador, also hiked his Champions League career-leading goal total to 23 in 20 matches. His exploits gave Cruz Azul six points, just in front on goal difference ahead of Real Salt Lake, which beat Toronto FC 4-1 in a simultaneous game Wednesday.

Arabe Unido lost for only the second time at home in eight Champions League games and fell to last in the group with three points, behind Toronto on goal difference.

Alejandro Vela set up two of the goals and Christian Gimenez the other for Orozco, who scored three goals or more for the third time this season in the Champions League and fifth time in the three-year history of the competition.

Orozco, who also has six goals for the third-highest total in the Mexican Apertura, volleyed a bouncing cross from Vela from inside the six in the 10th minute, did the same to Gimenez's cross in the 24th, and then ran between the central defenders to deflect Vela's second service past goalkeeper Jose Calderon in the 27th.

Arabe Unido, which made its maximum of three substitutes by the 54th minute, was largely limited to chances from distance, typified by Oscar Lodono's effort that went over the bar in the 17th minute and similarly Publio Rodriguez's shot from 25 yards that was high in the 56th.

Emmanuel Villa added goals for Cruz Azul in the 69th and 81st and Maximiliano Biancucchi tacked on a finale in the 87th.

Villa settled a cross from Gimenez at the back post and easily beating Calderon from close range for his first and, then capitalized when Calderon was unable to hold Cesar Villaluz's shot and pushed the loose ball in with his chest.

Biancucchi completed the scoring, finishing a play that started with Villaluz's cross to Vela, who sent the ball to the Argentine unmarked at the back post.

Cruz Azul, which used seven starters from Saturday's 3-1 victory over Atlas in its starting lineup against Arabe Unido, has scored 12 goals in three games to lead all teams in the Group Stage, but also has conceded six, the most of any group leader.

Arabe Unido, which will play its third straight match at home in the Champions League next week when it hosts Real Salt Lake, allowed three times as many goals against Cruz Azul as it had in its previous two matches combined. It will have to play its next game without captain Armando Cooper, who accumulated his second yellow card in three matches by arguing with American referee Terry Vaughn in the 60th.


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