May 8, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 17 roundup
Morelia 2, Veracruz 1
Jefferson Cuero's second-half brace lifted playoff-bound Morelia (8-4-5, 28 pts) over Veracruz 2-1 Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Sixth-seeded Monarcas will open the postseason against #3 Leon.
Monarcas trailed 1-0 at halftime after Hugo Cid put Veracruz on the board in the 39th minute, settling a pass from Borja Martinez and slamming a shot into the upper left corner. Cuero entered the match after the intermission, leveled the score from close range two minutes later and sealed the win off the rebound after Rodrigo Millar hit the post with seven minutes left on the clock.
Chivas 1, Santos Laguna 0
Chivas de Guadalajara edged Santos Laguna 1-0 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Carlos Pena scored the game's only goal in the 54th minute, off the rebound after netminder Agustin Marchesin stopped his penalty kick attempt. The spot kick was awarded after defender Carlos Izquierdos was whistled for a handball.
Santos (8-3-6, 27 points) finish the season in seventh place, and face #2 Pachuca in the quarterfinals. They will begin the postseason without defender Izquierdos, who was red-carded in the final minute of Friday's match. Chivas (7-7-3, 28) are seeded fifth in the Liguilla, and will face Club America in the first round.
Tigres 3, Cruz Azul 0
Tigres (6-6-5, 24 pts) claimed the eighth and final spot in the Liguilla playoffs with Saturday's 3-0 win over Cruz Azul at Estadio Azul.
Tigres will face top-seeded Monterrey in the quarterfinals. La Maquina finish one spot out of postseason contention at 5-7-5 (22).
Andre-Pierre Gignac netted a brace to claim the Clausura goal scoring championship with 13 goals. The Frenchman scored in the 24th and 75th minutes, after Rafael Sobis sealed the win by slipping a shot inside the post from the top of the penalty area in the 15th.
Gignac doubled the lead with another 18-yard blast. His second goal came 14 minutes after Cruz Azul's Joao Rojas was sent off with a red card.
La Maquina's best chance to get on the board came from the penalty spot in the 26th minute, but Christian Gimenez missed the mark.
Toluca 2, Monterrey 1
Martin Abundis scored in the 69th minute as Toluca handed first-place Monterrey their first and only loss of the Clausura season, 2-1 Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
The Rayados finish the season at 12-1-4 and 37 points, and will face eighth-place Tigres in the quarterfinals. Toluca (5-7-5, 22) did not qualify for the playoffs.
Christian Cueva put the Diablos Rojos on the board in the 19th minute, off a sharp setup from Erbin trejo. Dorlan Pabon equalized for Monterrey with a penalty kick in the 40th, after Hiram Mier was fouled.
Abundis came off the bench to seal the win with a header.
Pachuca 2, Chiapas 1
Pachuca ran up a quick two-goal lead, and held on to defeat Jaguares 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo and claim the second seed in the Clausura playoffs.
Emmanuel Garcia put the Tuzos (8-6-3, 30 pts) on the board with a 22-yard blast past diving goalkeeper Oscar Jimenez in the 19th minute. Ariel Nahuelpan, who already had missed a penalty kick, made the score 2-0 off a corner kick in the 38th.
Danilinho took one back for last-place Chiapas (3-3-11, 12) in the 64th minute, driving through the left side of the penalty area and cutting around his defender before beating netminder Alfonso Blanco.
Pachuca will begin the playoffs without defender Hugo Rodriguez, who was ejected after being shown his second yellow card in the 90th minute.
Atlas 0, Tijuana 0
Shorthanded Atlas held on for a scoreless draw with Tijuana Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The Zorros lost midfielder Rodrigo Salinas to a straight red card in the 29th minute, and finished the match with ten men on the field. Tijuana put only three of their 14 shots on goal, all stopped by netminder Miguel Fraga.
Atlas managed seven shots, all from distance and only three on goal.
Both teams finish the season well back in the standings, Tijuana (3-9-5, 18 pts) in 14th place and Atlas (3-5-9, 14) at number 15.
Leon 1, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Playoff-bound Leon closed out the Clausura season with a 1-0 win over Dorados de Sinaloa Saturday at Estadio Banorte.
The third-place Esmeraldas (9-3-5, 30 pts) will face #6 Morelia in the Liguilla quarterfinals
Elias Hernandez scored the game's only goal, picking off an attempted restart and scoring from high on the right side of the penalty area in the 70th minute.
Dorados finished the match shorthanded after a straight red card to Daniel Arreola in the 81st minute. Before leaving the field, Arreola had Dorados' best scoring chance, hitting the post in the 53rd minute.
Dorados (4-2-10, 14) finish the season in 16th place and will be relegated.
Pumas 1, America 1
Matias Britos scored in the 85th minute to lift Pumas into a season-ending 1-1 draw with Club America Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
The result is not enough to get tenth-place Pumas into the postseason. They finish at 5-7-5 (22 pts). Fourth-place America will face #5 Chivas in the Liguilla quarterfinals, but will open the home-and-home series without midfielder Miguel Samudio, who was red-carded in the 89th minute.
Paul Aguilar gave the Aguilas a 1-0 advantage with a header in the 43rd minute, six minutes after Dario Veron swept his apparently goal-bound shot off the line.
Britos salvaged the draw with a nodding header, after Pumas forward Ismael Sosa failed to get a 68th-minute penalty kick past America 'keeper Hugo Gonzalez.
Puebla 3, Queretaro 1
Puebla scored three goals in ten minutes to roar past Queretaro 3-1 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
After Emanuel Villa put Queretaro up 1-0 with a penalty kick in the 28th minute, Luis Robles leveled the score in the 38th minute, Matias Alustiza scored the game-winner in the 39th and Christian Bermudez added an insurance goal in the 49th. Robles connected on the rebound after netminder Tiago Volpi blocked a free kick. Alustiza picked off a poor backpass, and Bermudez beat Volpi with a low shot from the left side.
Neither team qualified for the playoffs. Puebla finish the season in 12th place at 5-5-5 and 22 points, while the Gallos Blancos are 13th at 5-4-8 (19).