Soccer-World Cup-bound Ecuadoreans, Colombians score in Mexico

World Cup bound South Americans made their mark in the Mexican Clausura championship as Cruz Azul kept a firm grip on top place with a 4-0 rout of Veracruz. Goals from Ecuador’s Joao Rojas and Colombia defender Luis Perea put the Blue Machine firmly in the driving seat in Saturday’s match at the Estadio Azul in Mexico City. Argentine striker Mariano Pavone, unlikely to break into his country’s star-studded World Cup attack, put them three up on the stroke of halftime. Mexican Olympic goal medal winner Marco Fabian rounded off the victory 11 minutes from the end with his first goal for the club after joining on loan from Guadalajara in the mid-season break.

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