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LIGA MX

May 31, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Santos Laguna takes the title


Queretaro 3, Santos Laguna 0 (Santos Laguna wins championship, 5-3)
Despite a 3-0 loss to Queretaro Sunday at Estadio TSM Corona, Santos Laguna won the Clausura championship by an aggregate score of 5-3.

Santos, who squeaked into the playoffs as the eighth seed, put the series away in Thursday's first leg, with a 5-0 road win at Estadio la Corregidora. Javier Orozco scored four of the goals, in the fifth, 26th, 33rd and 63rd minutes.

In Sunday's return match, Mario Osuna gave the Gallos Blancos an early advantage from the penalty spot in the tenth minute. Three minutes later, Djaniny, who played the helper in three of Orozco's goals on Thursday, was stretchered off, putting a damper on the Santos attack.

Yasser Corona added another goal for Queretaro in the 21st, with a header off a corner kick, and Angel Sepulveda trimmed the Guerreros aggregate lead to two off a solo beakaway in the 38th. But Queretaro's comeback stopped there.

Liga MX Clausura, La Liguilla, Santos Laguna, Queretaro




#8 Santos Laguna 3, #5 Chivas 0 (Santos advances 3-0 on aggregate)
Eighth-seeded Santos Laguna blew #5 Chivas de Guadalajara out of the Liguilla semifinals with a 3-0 road win Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.

Djaniny opened the scoring in the 38th minute, and the Guerreros blew the match open with unanswered goals by Carlos Izquierdos in the 56th minute and Nestor Calderon in the 68th.

The game-winning play started when Javier Abella stole the ball and relayed to Calderon, who in turn sent a diagonal ball to Djaniny. Izquierdos connected with a header, and Calderon caught netminder Luis Michel out of position with a shot from near midfield.

The Guerreros will face Queretaro for the Clausura championship.

#6 Queretaro 2, #7 Pachuca 0 (Queretaro advances as higher seed after 2-2 aggregate draw)
Queretaro blanked Pachuca 2-0 on Sunday at Estadio La Corregidora to advance to their first-ever Liguilla championship series, against Santos Laguna.

Both the Gallos Blancos and the Tuzos scored two unanswered home goals in the semifinal series. Sixth-seeded Queretaro moves forward as the higher finisher on the regular season table.

Angel Sepulveda worked his way through two defenders to open the scoring with a left-footer in the 13th minute. Jonathan Bornstein closed things out in the 48th, running onto long ball from Danilinho and beating netminder Oscar Perez from just inside the penalty area.

Liga MX Clausura, La Liguilla, Queretaro Gallos Blancos, Santos Laguna Guerreros, Chivas de Guadalajara


#7 Pachuca 2, #6 Queretaro 0
Pachuca seized the advantage in their Liguilla semifinal series against Queretaro with a 2-0 home win Thursday night at Estadio Hidalgo.

German Cano netted the game-winner just nine minutes into the match. Rodrigo Salinas, whose pass back from the end line set the table for Cano's tap-in, headed in an insurance goal in the 39th. Two minutes later defender Ricardo Osorio was red-carded, leaving the Gallos Blancos shorthanded for the rest of the match.

The series concludes Sunday at Estadio La Corregidora.

#8 Santos Laguna 0, #5 Chivas 0
Santos Laguna and Chivas opened their Liguilla semifinal series with a scoreless draw Thursday at Estadio TSM Corona.

Goalkeeper Luis Michel kept things even as the Herd were outshot 21-9, stopping all nine of the Guerreros' shots on goal, including late chances by Javier Orozco and Djaniny.

The winner-take-all second leg will be Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.

Liga MX Clausura, La Liguilla, Queretaro Gallos Blancos, Santos Laguna Guerreros, Chivas de Guadalajara


#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.

Liga MX Clausura, La Liguilla, Queretaro Gallos Blancos, Veracruz Tiburones Rojos, Puebla, Tijuana Xolos, Club America Aguilas, La Maquina, Santos Laguna Guerreros, Pachuca Tuzos, Leon Esmeraldas, UANL Tigres, Atlas Zorros, Jaguares Chiapas, Chivas de Guadalajara, UNAM Pumas


LIGA MX LIGUILLA
Semifinal pairings


May 10, 2015

Semifinals consist of a home-and-home, aggregate goals series, starting at the lower seed.

#5 Chivas vs #8 Santos Laguna
#6 Queretaro vs #7 Pachuca



   
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