May 17, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Liguilla quarterfinals -- second leg roundup
#7 Pachuca 4, #2 America 3 (Pachuca advances 7-5 on aggregate)
Seventh-seeded Pachuca knocked #2 America out of the Liguilla quarterfinals with Sunday's stunning 4-3 win at Estadio Azteca.
The Tuzos scored two goals in stoppage time to advance to the semifinals by a 7-5 aggregate score, and played with a man advantage for much of the match after America defender Paolo Goltz was red-carded in the 33rd minute. By the time they put the series away, they were two men up following Pablo Aguilar's 89th-minute expulsion.
Cristian Penilla gave Pachuca a 1-0 lead off Rodolfo Pizarro's assist in the seventh minute, but the teams entered the intermission tied after Oribe Peralta leveled the score in the 44th minute. Aguilar tilted the scales America's way in the 51st minute, but things were deadlocked once again within five minutes on a goal by Walter Ayovi.
Michael Arroyo's 88th-minute free kick drew America level on aggregate, but Aguilar gave away a penalty by intentionally handling the ball in the 89th minute, earning America's second red card of the match and sending Dario Cvitanich to the spot for the deciding goal in the series. Two minutes later, German Cano added the insurance goal.
The Tuzos will face Queretaro in the semifinals.
#8 Santos Laguna 1, #1 Tigres 0 (Santos advances 2-1 on aggregate)
Djaniny scored the only goal Santos Laguna needed to oust top-seeded Tigres from the Liguilla Sunday at Estadio Universitario.
Sunday's 1-0 win gave the Guerreros a 2-1 aggregate win in the quarterfinal series.
Nestor Calderon's perfect downfield service set the table for Djaniny's winner.
Jose Antonio Rivas had the best chance to keep Tigres alive, but his early shot was headed off the line by defender Nestor Araujo.
Santos will face Chivas in the semifinals.
#5 Chivas 4, #4 Atlas 1 (Chivas advances 4-1 on aggregate)
Marco Fabian led the way with a hat trick as fifth-seeded Chivas de Guadalajara advanced to the Liguila semifinals with a 4-1 win over #4 Atlas Sunday at Estadio .
Fabian scored in the fifth, 16th and 39th minutes. The first came from the top edge of the penalty area, after a turnover, and the second from well outside. Omar Bravo closed things out for the Herd with a six-yard header off Raul Lopez's cross in the 54th.
Juan Carlos Medina briefly kept Atlas in the match with a 1-1 equalizer from 20 yards in the seventh minute.
Chivas will face eighth-seeded Santos Laguna in the semifinals.
#3 Veracruz 2, #6 Queretaro 2 (Queretaro advances 4-3 on aggregate)
Sixth-seeded Queretaro traded goals with #3 Veracruz on their way to a 2-2 draw Sunday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente and a 4-3 aggregate win that sends them through to the Liguilla semifinals.
William put the Gallos Blancos o the board in the 17th minute, with a shot that deflected off Leiton Jimenez on its way into the goal, and the 1-0 lead held until Edgar Andrade leveled the score with a 60th-minute free kick. Ronaldinho restored Queretaro's advantage in the 83rd minute, but Julio Furch -- who had a goal called back for offside in the 74th minute -- gave the Tiburones Rojos the last word in the 89th.
The Gallos Blancos will face Pachuca in the semifinals.