Morelia defeated Atlas 2-0 in the sixth week of Mexico's Apertura soccer tourney, consolidating itself in first place with 13 points, one ahead of Veracruz, which battled to a scoreless tie with Queretaro and fell to the No. 2 slot.

Santos is in third place at present with 11 points, and America, Cruz Azul and Leon are tied for fourth with 10 points apiece.

In their Friday match, it was Morelia's Rodrigo Salinas Dorantes who finally got the team on the board in the 71st minute and Aldo Ramirez who put the icing on the cake nine minutes later for the final tally over a lackluster Atlante.

Also on Friday, Santos romped to a 3-0 win over Tigres with two goals by Oribe Peralta Morones in the 37th and 70th minutes, while Nestor Calderon found the twine in the 60th minute.

On Saturday, Cruz Azul defeated Atlante 1-0 on a corner shot by Christian Gimenez that beat the rival goalie in the 27th minute in Azul stadium in Mexico City. It was Atlante's fifth loss in six contests under the direction of Uruguayan coach Wilson Graniolatti, whose job may well be on the line.

Monterrey emerged victorious over Tijuana 2-1 in their Saturday match with all the goals coming late in the contest. First, it was Neri Cardozo in the 78th minute who scored for Monterrey, and then the visitors' Paul Arriola answered back in the 88th minute, trying to salvage a tie. But it was the home team's Humberto Suazo who denied them that satisfaction 1 minute later with a tally just before the whistle.

And America bested Pachuca in an away match 1-0 on a shot by Raul Jimenez in the 57th minute although the home squad managed to control the ball for fully 65 percent of regulation time.

Also on Saturday, Toluca crushed Chiapas 4-0 with Pablo Velazquez shining brightly and scoring three goals in the 20th minute, in the 26th minute on a penalty kick and finally in the 65th minute, with Sinha having added one more for good measure in the 41st minute.

On Sunday, Pumas UNAM and Leon fought it out to a 1-1 draw with Ariel Nahuelpan scoring first for Pumas in the 7th minute on a penalty kick and then his teammate Marco Palacios knocking in an own goal in the 28th minute for the Leon tally.

Guadalajara is scheduled to play Puebla Sunday evening.

At the bottom of the heap in the standings are Atlas and Pumas UNAM with 3 points each and Atlante bringing up the rear with just 1 point.

Veracruz's Angel Reyna is the tourney's top scorer so far with 7 tallies, followed by Santos' Oribe Peralta with 6 and Jefferson Montero of Chile and playing for Morelia with 5.