November 27, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Liguilla quarterfinals - first leg roundup
#6 America 4, #3 Leon 1
Sixth-seeded Club America roared back from an early deficit to rout #3 Leon 4-1 in Wednesday's first-leg quarterfinal match at Estadio Azteca.
Paolo Goltz leveled the score 1-1 in the 22nd minute, countering Juan Gonzalez's 12th-minute goal for the Esmeraldas.
Paul Aguilar netted the game-winner in the 36th, and Dario Benedetto buried a penalty kick to pad the Aguilas' lead to 3-1 in the 44th.
Michael Arroyo capped the win with a stunning free kick from deep on the left side in the 74th minute.
The series concludes Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp. America will be without midfielder Andres Andrade, who was suspended one game for simulation on the play that sent Benedetto to the spot.
#5 Tigres 2, #4 Chiapas 1
Damian Alvarez scored in the 84th minute to lift Tigres into a 2-1 win over Jaguares in the first leg of their aggregate-goals quarterfinal series Wednesday at Estadio Universitario.
Andre-Pierre Gignac scissor-kicked Tigres to a 1-0 advantage in the 21st minute, and set the table for the winner by picking out Alvarez with a pass to the top of the penalty area. Juan Insaurralde briefly put Chiapas back in the game in the 65th, as the Tigres defense scrambled to clear a corner kick.
Jaguares host the second leg on Saturday.
#8 Veracruz 1, #1 Pumas 0
Eighth-seeded Veracruz took the early advantage in the Liguilla quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over #1 Pumas Thursday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Daniel Villalva scored the game's only goal, after Fernando Meneses found him open in the penalty area in the seventh minute.
The halftime entry of Daniel Luduena sparked Pumas' attack, but not enough to change the result. In the 61st minute, Luduena forced goalkeeper Sergio Garcia into a diving save to deny the visitors their best scoring opportunity.
Pumas host the second leg on Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
#7 Puebla 2, #2 Toluca 2
#7 Puebla and #2 Toluca opened their Liguilla quarterfinal series with a 2-2 draw Thursday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Toluca cruised through the first half, running up a 2-0 lead on unanswered goals by Omar Arellano in the 15th minute and Fernando Uribe in the last minute before the intermission. Arellano scored from close range after netminder Cristian Campestrini left a rebound. Uribe converted off a cross from Carlos Esquivel.
Luis Rey started Puebla's comeback in the 51st minute, with a header off Alberto Acosta's right-side service, and Robert Herrera knotted the score 2-2 off a free kick in the 87th.
The Diablos Rojos will host the second leg on Sunday, buoyed by the pair of road goals that will require Puebla to either win outright or score three or more goals in a draw to advance to the semifinals.