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November 10, 2013
Match Day 17 roundup

Morelia 1, Puebla 0
Enrique Perez scored in the second minute of stoppage time to lift Morelia over Puebla 1-0 Friday at Estadio Morelos .

The win guaranteed Morelia a spot in the playoffs.

La Franja played the final 35 minutes shorthanded after a 55th-minute red card to Luis Alberto Canay.

The victory leaves Monarcas sixth on the table with 27 points (8-3-6), while Puebla fall to 4-7-6 (29), 13th in the standings.

Santos Laguna 2, Veracruz 2
Santos Laguna came up with two goals in the final nine minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw with upstarts Veracruz Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.

Cristian Martinez gave the Tiburones Rojos a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, off Angel Reyna’s corner kick, and it took the Guerreros until the 81st minute to equalize, when Javier Orozco ran onto a through ball from Darwin Quintero and finished with his right foot. Oscar Mascorro restored the Veracruz lead with a header three minutes later, but Santos Laguna rallied once again, with Eduardo Herrera knotting the score in the 89th.

Santos Laguna(9-6-2, 33 pts) are in second place, guaranteed of a place in the Liguilla. Twelfth-place Veracruz (4-8-5, 20) were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

America 1, Toluca 1
Apertura leaders Club America played Toluca to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Azteca.

Paulo Da Silva staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead with a header seconds before halftime. Isaac Brizuela had a golden chance to double the lead in the 52nd minute but hit the post. Narciso Mina leveled the score for the Aguilas in the 67th, after Carlos Gutierrez broke down the left side and sent a cross back from near the baseline.

America improve to 11-4-2 and 37 points, four points ahead of second-place Santos Laguna. Toluca are fifth on the table at 6-9-2 (27).

Atlante 2, Jaguares 0
Atlante stayed out of the Apertura cellar by picking up their third win of the season on Saturday, blanking Jaguares 2-0 at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.

The match remained scoreless until the 84th minute, before the Potros ran away with two goals in two minutes. Alberto Garcia sealed the win in the 84th minute, and Angel Sepulveda added an insurance goal in the 86th.

Atlante are 17th of 18 teams at 3-3-11 and 12 points. Jaguares (6-7-4) are a tiebreaker out of playoff territory, tied with eighth-place Tigres at 25 points.

Queretaro 1, Pachuca 0
Queretaro slipped past Pachuca 1-0, and into the Liguilla, on a stoppage-time goal by Wilberto Cosme Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.

Cosme scored off his own rebound, after his initial breakaway shot was blocked by goalkeeper Oscar Perez.

The Gallos Blancos are in seventh place, at 7-5-5 and 26 points, with one game to play. Pachuca (3-8-6, 17) will miss the postseason.

Monterrey 2, Chivas 1
Monterrey rallied for a 2-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.

Rafael Marquez Lugo gave Chivas a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in the 15th minute, after Jose Maria Basante pushed Angel Zalvidar inside the penalty area. Humberto Suazo leveled the score with an unchallenged shot in the 81st minute, and Neri Cardozo completed the cliffhanger comeback in the 89th, four minutes after Herd defender Jose Rodriguez was sent off with a straight red card.

Monterrey close out the week in 11th place at 5-5-7 and 20 points. Chivas remain near the bottom of the standings at 2-6-9 (12).

Leon 5, Tijuana 0
Mauro Boselli scored four goals, three of them in the final seven minutes, to lead Leon to a 5-0 romp over shorthanded Tijuana Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.

Boselli headed home the game-winner in the 23rd minute, then blew the game open with a natural hat trick of goals in the 83rd and 85th minutes, and the second minute of stoppage time. Matias Britos also scored, in the 49th minute. Tijuana were reduced to ten men in the 58th minute, when Dario Benedetto collected his second yellow card in two minutes and was sent off.

The win left the Esmeraldas third on the table with 30 points (8-6-3). Tenth-place Tijuana are out of the postseason picture at 5-6-6 (21).

Tigres 1, Atlas 0
Tigres were made a gift of eighth place in the Apertura standings on Saturday, defeating Atlas 1-0 on an own goal by Facundo Erpen at Estadio Jalisco.

Any hopes of a result for the Zorros ended early, with red cards to Flavio Santos in the26th minute and Matias Vuoso three minutes later. Santos fouled Torres Nilo in the penalty area, and Matias Vuoso was sent off after his second caution of the match.

Erpen put the ball into his own net while trying to clear Gerardo Lugo’s cross in the 51st minute.

Tigres improve to 6-7-4 and 25 points, while Atlas languish in 15th place at 1-9-7 (12).

Pumas 2, Cruz Azul 2
Pumas came back from two goals down to tie Cruz Azul 2-2 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.

Rapid-fire goals from Mariano Pavone (49th minute) and Christian Gimenez (51), Pavone on a breakaway header and Gimenez after a defensive turnover, appeared to leave La Maquina in firm control of the match. But Roberto Ramirez made it a one-goal game in the 73rd minute, and Jose Nieto drew Pumas level with an 80th-minute header.

Pumas are at the bottom of the Apertura table at 1-8-8 and 11 points. The draw leaves Cruz Azul (8-5-4) in fourth place with 29 points.

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