May 9, 2013
MEXICAN LEAGUE CLAUSURA
Liguilla quarterfinals – first leg roundup
Monterrey 1, Tigres 0
Humberto Suazo scored in the 18th minute to lift #8 Monterrey to a 1-0 home win over top-seeded Tigres in Wednesday’s Liguilla quarterfinal at Estadio Tecnologico.
Suazo had an open shot and blasted the ball past netminder Enrique Palos. Hiram Mier had a chance to double the Rayados’ lead in the 36th, but sent the ball just over the bar.
Monterrey netminder Jonathan Orozco preserved the win with clutch saves on Carlos Salcido in the 72nd minute and Emanuel Villa in the 80th.
The series concludes Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
America 1, Pumas 0
Second-seeded Club America took a step toward the Liguilla semifinals with a 1-0 win over #7 Pumas Wednesday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Raul Jimenez scored the game’s only goal, in the 28th minute. Christian Benitez set the stage with a pass back from near the end line.
By the time Jimenez scored, Aguilas netminder Alejandro Palacios had already come up with a leaping reaction save on Rubens Sambueza to keep Pumas off the board.
Jimenez came close to doubling America’s lead in the 57th minute, but Palacios made another difficult save.
The series wraps up Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Santos Laguna 0, Atlas 0
Third-seeded Atlas escaped Estadio TSM Corona with a scoreless draw in their Liguilla quarterfinal opener against Santos Laguna on Thursday.
Both teams had trouble finding the target through the first half-hour, but Santos had the better of things as the game progressed. The Guerreros’ Andres Renteria forced a save by Atlas netminder Miguel Pinto in the 39th minute. The Chilean ‘keeper also came up big in the 85th, stopping a dangerous shot by Ivan Estrada, and got lucky in the 69th, when Darwin Quintero got loose on a breakaway, but sent his point-blank shot wide of the mark.
The series concludes Sunday at Estadio Jalisco.
Cruz Azul 4, Morelia 2
Hugo Pavone had two goals to lead Cruz Azul to a 4-2 Liguilla quarterfinal win over Morelia Thursday at Estadio Azul.
Pavone’s 23rd-minute goal knotted the score 1-1, after Morelia’s Hector Mancilla broke through with a header in the first minute. La Maquina put the game away in a six-minute span of the second half, starting with Teofilo Gutierrez’s goal in the 52nd minute. Christian Gimenez made the score 3-1 in the 58th, and Pavone completed his brace in the eighth minute of a protracted and eventful stoppage time that also included a goal by Morelia’s Carlos Ochoa in the 17th minute and a red card to Cruz Azul’s Gerardo Torrado in the 22nd minute after the stadium clock hit 90.
The series wraps up Sunday at Estadio Morelos.