May 5, 2013
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 17 roundup
Jaguares 2, Pachuca 1
Luis Gabriel Rey scored in stoppage time to lift Jaguares to a season-ending 2-1 win over Pachuca Friday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Luis Esqueda opened the scoring for Chiapas with a header off a set piece in the 24th minute. The 1-0 lead held until the 80th, when Marco Bueno latched onto a cross from Christian Suarez and put the Tuzos on the board.
Jhon Andres Cordoba hit the post for Jaguares in the 73rd minute. Rey delivered the win in the closing seconds, with a shot that deflected off netminder Rodolfo Cota and into the net.
Jaguares close out the Clausura in 14th place, with 17 points (4-5-8). Pachuca also failed to qualify for the Liguilla, finishing 11th on the table at 6-2-9 (20).
Tijuana 4, Chivas 0
Tijuana missed out on the Liguilla, but finished their season on a high note, battering Chivas de Guadalajara 4-0 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
All four Xolos goals came before the intermission, starting with Bruno Piceno’s 19th-minute strike. Duvier Riascos made the score 2-0 with a right-footer in the 32nd minute, Richard Ruiz – who relayed a throw-in into the penalty area to set up Tijuana’s first goal -- added a third goal in the 41st, and Fidel Martinez closed things out off a rebound in the 45th. Martinez had one of Tijuana’s best second-half chances as well, but hit the post in the 49th minute.
The Xolos finish tenth on the table at 6-3-8 and 31 points. The loss, coupled with the weekend’s other results, sends Chivas (3-7-7, 16) to their lowest position of the season, 17th of the 18 teams.
Tigres 2, America 0
Tigres assured themselves of a first-place finish in the Clausura with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Club America at Estadio Azteca.
Danilo Veron and Lucas Lobos did the scoring honors, both after the intermission. Veron brought the ball down the right wing, cut into the back past an Aguilas defender and put the ball into the left side of the net in the 47th minute. Ten minutes later, Lobos stole the ball at the edge of the penalty area and blasted the ball past ‘keeper Moises Munoz.
America had plenty of chances to keep themselves in the game. Raul Jimenez hit the bar from outside the penalty area in the 28th minute, and Clausura scoring leader Christian Benitez had two goals called back and hit the post in the closing seconds .
Tigres take the top seed in the Liguilla with a regular season record of 10-5-2 and 35 points. America finish the season in second place at 9-5-3 (32), a tiebreaker ahead of third-place Atlas.
Cruz Azul 5, Monterrey 1
Despite losing their final game of the Clausura 5-1 to Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico and finishing ninth in the standings, Monterrey (7-2-8, 23 pts) is Liguilla bound on a technicality. Eighth-place Queretaro will be relegated to the Liga de Ascenso, and is therefore ineligible for the playoffs.
After taking the CONCACAF Champions League by defeating Santos Laguna 4-2 on Thursday, the Rayados used a lineup of mostly reserves and homegrown players in the league finale, and La Maquina were quick to take advantage. Teofilo took advantage of a loose ball in the penalty area to give Cruz Azul a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. In the 34th, Luis Perea caught the goalkeeper flat-footed with a header to make the score 2-0. Mariano Pavone turned things into a rout with a second-half hat trick.
Monterrey substitute Alonso Hernandez rattled the crossbar with his first touch of the ball, and Cesar Delgado saved the Rayados from a shutout in the 61st.
La Maquina (8-5-4, 29 pts) will be seeded fifth in the postseason.
Morelia 2, Santos Laguna 1
Morelia scored twice in a six-minute span, and held on for a 2-1 win over Santos Laguna Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Hector Mancilla opened the scoring for Morelia with his 11th goal of the Clausura, and Joao Rojas doubled Monarcas’ lead in the 42nd. Darwin Quintero made it a one-goal game in the 61st minute.
The victory leaves Monarcas fourth in the Clausura standings at 8-6-3 and 30 points, two spots ahead of Santos Laguna (8-5-4, 29).
Leon 1, Atlas 0
Leon closed out the Clausura with a 1-0 upset win over third-place Atlas Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Matias Britos scored the game’s only goal, in the 54th minute.
The Esmeraldas finish 15th in the standings at 3-7-7 and 16 points. Atlas enter the Liguilla after a 9-5-3 regular season, with 32 points.
Puebla 3, Queretaro 2
Puebla extinguished Queretaro’s last flickering hope of staying in Liga MX with a 3-2 win Saturday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Although the Gallos Blancos finished eighth in the standings at 6-6-5 and 24 points, their impending relegation makes them ineligible for the Liguilla, giving ninth-place Monterrey the final berth in the postseason.
Gustavo Alustiza paced La Franja with goals in the 69th and 79th minutes. Felix Borja staked Puebla to a 1-0 lead in the 38th.
Queretaro’s goals came within two minutes of each other, starting with a 73rd-minute gift from Puebla defender Jesus Chavez, who put the ball into his own net. Wilberto Cosme tied the score 2-2 in the 75th.
Puebla (5-4-8, 19) are 12th on the table.
San Luis 1, Toluca 0
Lowly San Luis closed out the Clausura on a winning note, edging Toluca 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Luis Angel Mendoza scored the only goal of the match, in the 36th minute, taking advantage of slack Toluca to drive in from midfield and beat netminder Alfredo Talavera.
The Gladiadores finish in 16th place at 4-4-9 and 16 points. Toluca (5-3-9, 18) were also well out of Liguilla contention, in 13th place.
Pumas 2, Atlante 1
Pumas tuned up for the Liguilla with a shorthanded 2-1 win over last-place Atlante Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
David Cabrera put Pumas on the board from distance in the 20th minute, and Luis Garcia made the score 2-0 in the 55th, three minutes after Liga MX debutant Luis Quintana received his second yellow card of the game and was sent off. Luis Venegas scored for the Potros in the 70th minute.
The victory leaves Pumas seeded seventh in the Liguilla at 8-5-4 and 29 points. Atlante finish at the bottom of the Clausura table with 13 points (4-1-12).