April 27, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 17 roundup
Pachuca 4, Queretaro 3
Dario Carreno’s second goal of the game, in the 90th minute, gave Pachuca a 4-3 win over Queretaro Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Enrique Esqueda also had a brace for the Tuzos, who scored all four of their goals in the final 16 minutes.
Queretaro ran up a 3-0 lead on unanswered goals by Ricardo Da Silva in the 44th and 65th minutes, sandwiching Camilo Sanvezzo’s third goal in four games, in the 53rd.
Esqueda started Pachuca’s comeback in the 74th minute. Carreno made it a one-goal game in the 79th, and Esqueda tied things up with two minutes left on the clock. Carreno completed the miracle comeback with a hard shot from near the penalty spot.
The Tuzos (7-3-7, 24 pts) qualify for the Liguilla in sixth place. Queretaro finish the season 13th at 6-3-8 (21).
Leon 2, Tijuana 1
Leon edged Tijuana 2-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Nelson Maz opened the scoring for the Esmeraldas from inside the arc in the 15th minute, and Luis Montes netted the game-winner, again from distance, in the 65th.
Cristian Pellerano saved Tijuana from the shutout with a goal in the 80th minute, with a shot that deflected off defender Nacho Gonzalez on its way into the net.
Both teams squeak into the playoffs, eighth-place Leon at 6-5-6 and 23 points, #7 Tijuana at 7-3-7 (24).
Veracruz 2, Santos Laguna 2
Veracruz and Santos Laguna battled to a 2- draw Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Cristian Martinez put the Tiburones Rojos on the board in the fifth minute. Jesus Escoboza chested down a pass and drew the Guerreros level in the 34th minute, and Oribe Peralta gave the visitors a 2-1 lead off a corner kick at the hour mark. Alfredo Moreno scored the equalizer for Veracruz seven minutes later. It might easily have been the game-winner, but Veracruz had a goal called back for offside in the first half.
Santos Laguna will be seeded fourth in the Liguilla at 6-7-4 and 25 points. Veracruz (3-7-7, 16) close out the season at the bottom of the table.
Cruz Azul 2, Pumas 1
Mauro Formica scored in the 81st minute to lift Clausura regular-season champions Cruz Azul past Pumas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azul.
UNAM’s Roberto Ramirez snapped the scoreless tie with a header in the 72nd minute. Minutes after Pumas’ David Cabrera sent a shot off the post, Rogelio Chavez equalized for La Maquina with a left-footer.
Formica’s game-winner came ten minutes after he entered the match for Pablo Berrera.
Cruz Azul (11-3-3) finish with a four-point lead at the top of the Clausura table with 36 points. Pumas fall to 7-4-6 (25), and will be seeded third in the playoffs.
Tigres 2, Atlas 1
Tigres beat Atlas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Universitario, but the result was not enough to keep either team in contention for the playoffs.
Hugo Ayala gave Tigres a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute. Jahir Barraza tied the score in the 72nd, but Alan Pulido dashed the Zorros’ hopes three minutes later, scoring the game-winner.
The result leaves both teams at 5-6-6 and 21 points, although #12 Atlas finish the season higher in the standings on goal differential.
Jaguares 5, Atlante 2
Lucas Viatri and Wilberto Cosme both connected for a brace as Jaguares routed Atlante 5-2 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Viatri staked Chiapas to a 2-0 lead with headers in the 14th and 31st minutes. Alberto Garcia responded in kind for the Potros, knotting the score in a four-minute span starting with a short-range blast in the 34th minute.
Javier Munoz netted the game-winner for Jaguares in the 41st minutes, and Cosme added the first insurance tally three minutes later, on the team’s third and fourth headed goals of the game.
Cosme’s second goal closed out the scoring in the 70th minute.
Jaguares (6-5-6, 23 pts) finish a tiebreaker out of playoff contention, in ninth place. Atlante (5-3-9, 18) are in 17th place and assured of relegation.
Toluca 1, America 1
Toluca and Club America are both headed for the Liguilla after playing to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Toluca led from the seventh minute, after Raul Nava pushed a shot over the line from short range. Andres Lorenzo tied the score off a corner kick in the 77th, 13 minutes after Diablos defender Erbin Trejo received his second yellow card and was sent off. The match finished 10-on-10 after an 89th-minute red card to America’s Jesus Molina.
The Diablos finish second on the table at 10-2-5 and 32 points. America are in fifth place at 7-4-6 (25).
Puebla 3, Morelia 1
Puebla came up with two goals in the final 11 minutes to defeat Morelia Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Neither team qualified for the postseason. Morelia finish in 11th place at 5-6-6 and 20 points, while La Franja (4-6-7, 18) are 16th.
Matias Alustiza opened the Puebla scoring in the 26th minute, after a dominating solo run from midfield. Mario de Luna made the score 2-0 in the 79th minute, and Carlos Sanchez closed things out for the hosts in the 86th. Oscar Fernandez sneaked in a late goal for Morelia in the 90th.
Monterrey 1, Chivas 0
Monterrey knocked Chivas de Guadalajara out of Liguilla contention with a 1-0 win Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Efrain Juarez scored the lone goal of the match, with an 84th-minute header.
Neither team qualifies for the Liguilla. Chivas finish the season in 15th place at 5-6-6 and 21 points. The Rayados (6-5-6, 23) are 10th on the table.