May 13, 2013
MEXICAN LEAGUE CLAUSURA
Liguilla quarterfinals – second leg roundup
Monterrey 1, Tigres 1 (Monterrey advances, 2-1)
A 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Universitario was enough to send bottom-seed Monterrey through to the Liguilla semifinals at the expense of Clausura Superliders Tigres.
The Rayados, 1-0 winners at home in the quarterfinal opener on Wednesday, finished the regular season in ninth place, and were only awarded the final berth in the playoffs because #8 Queretaro is being relegated.
Tigres were by far their own worst enemies on Saturday. After Danilo Veron scored with his left foot in the 12th minute to level the series, defender Israel Jimenez gave the series away by mis-hitting a clearance into his own net in the 33rd. Danilinho, who hit the crossbar early in the second half, further undermined his team’s comeback hopes by collecting two yellow cards and being sent off in the 79th minute.
The Rayados will face Club America in the semifinals.
America 2, Pumas 1 (America advances, 3-1)
Club America advanced to the Liguilla semifinals by a 3-1 aggregate score after defeating Pumas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Christian Benitez scored both goals for the Aguilas, leveling the score off a poorly cleared corner kick 1-1 in the 56th minute and connecting again in stoppage time. Robin Ramirez gave Pumas a ray of hope in the 21st minute, scoring for a 1-0 lead off an assist from Jehu Chiapas, who entered the match for the injured David Cabrera four minutes earlier.
America Technical Director Miguel Herrera will not be on the bench for the first semifinal match, after being red-carded in the 72nd minute on Saturday.
Second-seeded America will face Monterrey in the semifinals.
Santos Laguna 3, Atlas 1 (Santos advances, 3-1)
Santos Laguna powered their way into the Liguilla semifinals with a 3-1 win over shorthanded Atlas Sunday at Estadio Jalisco, and 3-1 aggregate win in their quarterfinal series.
Both teams got off to quick starts. Omar Bravo latched onto a loose ball in front of the goal to put the third-seeded Zorros on the board in the fifth minute. Andres Renteria equalized for Santos Laguna after a defensive error in the 15th, and Darwin Quintero delivered the win with goals in the 62nd and 90th, well after Atlas starting goalkeeper Miguel Pinto was red-carded for handling the ball outside the box in the 24th minute.
The Guerreros will face Cruz Azul in the semifinals.
Morelia 1, Cruz Azul 0 (Cruz Azul advances, 4-3)
Morelia defeated Cruz Azul Sunday at Estadio Morelos, but the 1-0 margin was not enough to keep La Maquina out of the Liguilla semifinals. Cruz Azul won the first game of the series 4-2, and advances by a 4-3 aggregate score.
Rodrigo Salinas scored the only goal of Sunday’s match, a long-distance blast in the 44th minute, but it was far from Morelia’s only chance. Jefferson Montero hit the post in the second minute, and substitute Carlos Ochoa sent a header over the bar in the 71st.
Cruz Azul will face Santos Laguna in the semifinals.