November 23, 2014
MEXICAN LEAGUE APERTURA
Match Day 17 roundup
Chivas 2, Morelia 1
Omar Bravo scored twice in the first 13 minutes to lead Chivas de Guadalajara past hapless Morelia 2-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Bravo opened the scoring in the fifth minute, off the rebound after his initial header hit the post, and made the score 2-0 off another header in the 13th.
Luis Morales took one back for Monarcas in the 43rd.
Morelia (2-4-11) finish at the bottom of the Apertura table with just ten points from 17 games, while Chivas are only slightly better off at 3-7-7 (16) and 16th place.
Tijuana 3, Leon 2
Dario Benedetto scored in the 87th minute to lift Tijuana over shorthanded Leon Friday at Estadio Caliente.
The loss left the Esmeraldas in tenth place with 22 points (7-1-9). Tijuana end the season in 11th place at 4-9-4 (21).
Xolos were up a goal at the intermission after Dayro Moreno's 15th-minute strike, and up a man after Esmeraldas defender Juan Gomez collected two yellow cards in eight minutes and was sent off in the 32nd. The teams traded own goals within a three-minute span, with Leon's Javier Salas putting the ball into his own net in the 68th minute and Tijuana defender Jonny Magallon following suit in the 71st, before Benedetto netted the winner.
Mauro Boselli kept Leon's hopes alive with a 90th-minute goal.
Puebla 3, Santos Laguna 3
Puebla (2-10-5, 16 points) rallied to a 3-3 stoppage-time tie with Santos Laguna Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco was the hero for Puebla, slipping a free kick through the wall to knot the score 2-2 in the 59th minute, then putting away the 3-3 equalizer from the penalty spot in the third minute of stoppage. The Guerreros led 2-0 at halftime after Juan Pablo Rodriguez converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute and Andres Renteria scored off a loose ball in the 33rd.
Wilberto Mosquera put La Franja on the board in the 50th minute. Blanco's first goal left the game deadlocked until the 82nd minute, when substitute Carlos Izquierdoz connected for Santos Laguna's third goal.
The result left the Guerreros (5-8-4, 23 pts) with a tenuous hold on eighth place heading into the final day of the season, when they were displaced by Pumas to finish ninth.
Atlas 2, America 1
Atlas knocked off first-place Club America 2-1 win Saturday at Estadio Azteca to finish third on the Apertura table heading into the Liguilla quarterfinals.
The teams finished with identical 9-4-4 records and 31 points.
Maikon Souza drew first blood for the Zorros in the 31st minute, finishing off a masterful pass in from midfield by Aldo Leao. Oribe Peralta countered for America from just inside the penalty area in the 40th.
Juan Carlos Medina netted the game-winner in the 68th.
Leones Negros 1, Cruz Azul 1
Leones Negros rallied to a 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Jalisco. Neither team qualified for the postseason.
Both teams hit the woodwork early, William Ferreira for Leones Negros in the 21st minute and Christian Gimenez for Cruz Azul in the 35th. Marco Fabian finally put La Maquina on the board off Mauro Formica's assist in the 56th minute. Marcelo Alatorre equalized off a rebound in the 70th.
Neither team qualified for the postseason. La Maquina (5-6-6, 21 pts) finished in 13th place, one spot ahead of U de G (3-8-6, 17).
Tigres 2, Toluca 1
Tigres (8-7-2, 31 pts) moved into second place with Saturday's 2-1 win over Toluca at Estadio Universitario, assuring themselves of a spot in the 2015 Copa Libertadores.
The teams reached the intermission tied 1-1, after Joffre Guerron's 19th-minute goal for Tigres and Paulo Da Silva's equalizer in the 31st. Both goals came off set pieces, Guerron's from a corner kick and Da Silva's off a free kick.
Damian Alvarez snatched the win for UANL in the first minute of stoppage time.
The Diablos Rojos (8-5-4, 29 pts) finish fourth on the table, and will face #5 Jaguares in the quarterfinals.
Pachuca 1, Veracruz 0
Aviles Hurtado headed home the only goal Pachuca needed to edge Veracruz 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo and nail down a spot in the Liguilla quarterfinals.
The Tuzos finish in seventh place at 7-4-6 and 25 points, and will face second-place Tigres in the quarterfinals.
Veracruz (3-6-8, 15 pts) had a couple of solid early chances, but goalkeeper Oscar Perez turned away close range attempts from Oscar Mascorro in the 13th minute and Adrian Cortes in the 27th.
Jaguares 2, Queretaro 1
Playoff-bound Jaguares (7-7-3, 28 pts) edged Queretaro 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Chiapas scored both their goals before halftime, with Daniel Armenteros opening the scoring with a deflected shot in the 27th minute and Horacio Cervantes netting the game-winner off a corner kick in the 44th.
Camilo Sanvezzo put the Gallos Blancos (6-3-8, 21 pts) on the board with two minutes left on the clock, three minutes after a red card to Fernando Da Silva left Queretaro a man down. Sanvezzo finishes the season tied with league scoring leader Mauro Boselli (Leon) with 12 goals, but second on the table because he has more minutes played.
Pumas 4, Monterrey 2
Pumas brought the Apertura season to a close 0-- and snatched the final spot in the Liguilla playoffs -- with a wild 4-2 win over Monterrey Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
The teams combined for four goals in the first 16 minutes, three of them by UNAM. Dante Lopez opened the scoring for Pumas in the fifth minute, and David Cabrera made the score 2-0 in the 10th. Three minutes later, Omar Arellano put the Rayados in the board. But Eduardo Herrera scored the first oif his two goals in the 16th to restore Pumas' two-goal advantage.
Candido Ramirez closed the gap for Monterrey in the 44th minute, but Herrera completed his brace from the penalty spot in the 64th to end the scoring.
UNAM finish the regular season with 24 points (6-6-5), and will face first-place America in the quarterfinals. The Rayados (8-3-6, 27) finish in sixth place, setting up a quarterfinal date with #3 Atlas.