Argentina’s Maximiliano Salas came off the bench and converted a penalty to a throw-in to give Necaxa a 2-1 win over Mazatlán FC on Friday in Matchday 16 of the Mexican Apertura tournament. Alejandro Zendejas also scored for the locals and Brazilian Camilo Sanvezzo was reduced for the visitors. Necaxa moved from thirteenth to eighth place in the standings and remains in the fight for the play-offs. Mazatlán fell to ninth place. Argentina coach Pablo Guede’s Necaxa invaded the rival area from the start of the meeting. At 8, Raúl Sandoval finished his right leg and goalkeeper Nicolás Vikonis pushed back the keeper, who again saved Mazatlán at 33 by saving a low shot from Uruguayan Ricardo Aguirre, who threatened to break into his right post . Calls for attention from the locals turned into a goal at 38. Alan Medina entered the box from the right and crossed a pass which, with a sweep, Zendejas made it 1-0. At the end of the first half, Mazatlán offended with shots at 43, by Daniel Amador, and at 47, by Iván Moreno, stopped by goalkeeper Edgar Hernández.In the second half, Vikonis was again a factor in rejecting a header at 58 scored. by Rodrigo Aguirre when we have the information. At 68, Aguirre committed a hand and awarded a penalty to the visiting team. Sanvezzo took the penalty from Hernández’s right post and declared it 1-1. Mazatlán tried to win the game, but Sanvezzo sent a shot over the crossbar and opened the door for Necaxa to score another goal. Roberto Meraz also committed a hand and gave a penalty to Necaxa, which Maximiliano Salas converted to 94 2-1 at the left post of Vikonis, who although he guessed he couldn’t stop the ball. Later, Puebla will travel to Juárez FC, in a duel in which the two teams intend to continue fighting for eight places in the play-off. Matchday 16 kicked off Thursday with Tijuana’s 0-2 victory at Atlas, with Santos Laguna heading to Querétaro on Saturday, Pumas UNAM to Pachuca and Guadalajara to Tigres UANL. Sunday, the day will end with the matches Toluca-León, Cruz Azul-América and San Luis-Monterrey.