November 22, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 17 roundup
Queretaro 0, Puebla 0
Queretaro and Puebla ended the regular season with a scoreless draw Friday at Estadio La Coreregidora.
The draw was enough to send Puebla (8-3-6, 27 pts) through to the playoffs in seventh place. They will face #2 Toluca in the quarterfinals. The Gallos Blancos' season is over.
Queretaro (6-4-7, 22) had the most dangerous chances, starting with an early header by Dionicio Escalante that was cleared off the line by Carlos Gutierrez. Edgar Benitez hit the post in the 75th minute.
Tijuana 2, Atlas 0
Dayro Moreno scored twice in a two-minute span as Tijuana ended their season with a 2-0 win over Atlas Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Moreno netted the 20-yard game-winner in the 52nd minute, and completed his brace from the top of the penalty area in the 54th.
Neither team qualifies for the playoffs. Xolos finishes at 5-1-11 and 16 points, one point behind the 5-2-10 Zorros.
America 1, Pumas 1
Club America and Pumas played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Both teams are qualified for the playoffs, America (9-1-7, 28 pts) in sixth place and Pumas (11-2-4, 35) at the top of the table.
Rubens Sambueza gave the Aguilas the early lead, scoring off Darwin Quintero's rebound in the 38th minute. Ismael Sosa equalized in the 71st, off a feed from Daniel Luduena.
Tigres 0, Cruz Azul 0
Tigres and Cruz Azul closed out the regular season with a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
The result left UANL (8-4-5, 28 pts) in fifth place, paired with #4 Chiapas in the first round of playoffs. La Maquina, in 14th place, end the season at 5-5-7 (20).
Leon 3, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Mauro Boselli led the way with a brace as Leon shut out Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp to finish third in the Apertura standings.
The Esmeraldas (10-0-7, 30 pts) will open the postseason against #6 Club America. Dorados end the season at the bottom of the table at 3-6-8 (15).
Boselli scored in the 11th and 60th minutes, sandwiching a 30th-minute strike by Carlos Pena. the game-winner was tapped in after netminder Luis Michel blocked a shot by Luis Montes.Pena doubles the Esmeraldas' lead off a free kick, and Boselli added a capped to move into a tie with Queretaro's Emanuel Villa for the league scoring lead.
Veracruz 2, Morelia 1
Julio Furch scored in the 80th minute to lift Veracruz over Morelia 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Morelos and into the Liguilla playoffs.
Juan Albin staked the Tiburones Rojos to a 1-0 lead off a rebound in the fifth minute, but the teams entered the intermission tied 1-1 after Mauro Cejas connected in the 21st, with an assist from Nacho Gonzalez.
Furch sealed the win with a header off a corner kick.
Veracruz finish in eighth place at 8-3-6 and 27 points, and will face top-seeded Pumas in the quarterfinals. Morelia (7-2-8, 23) did not qualify for the postseason.
Jaguares 3, Pachuca 2
Jaguares edged Pachuca 3-2 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Chiapas (8-5-4, 29 pts) finishes fourth in the standings, and will face #5 Tigres in the first round of playoffs. #12 Pachuca ends the season at 6-3-8 (21).
After staking the Tuzos to a 1-0 lead on Franco Jara's fifth-minute goal, Chiapas snatched the win with unanswered goals by Aviles Hurtado (11th), Luis Rodriguez (18th) and Mathias Vidangoddy (41st).
Ruben Botta pulled one back for Pachuca with a long-range blast in the 51st minute.
Toluca 3, Monterrey 1
Toluca scored three times in the final 17 minutes to defeat Monterrey 3-1 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez and nail down a berth in the 2016 Copa Libertadores.
Toluca finished second in the Apertura standings at 10-2-5 (32 pts), and will face #7 Puebla in the Liguilla quarterfinals. The Rayados finished just out of playoff contention, in ninth place with 23 points (6-5-6).
Enrique Triverio led the Diablos with goals in the 73rd and 85th minutes. Fernando Uribe added a capper in the 90th.
Omar Arellano set the table on Triverio's first goal. The second scoring shot nutmegged goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.
Uribe also had a goal called back for offside in the 39th minute.
Jose Basanta's 81st-minute strike briefly pulled the Rayados into a 1-1 tie.
Santos Laguna 3, Chivas 0
Santos Laguna closed out the Apertura season with an emphatic 3-0 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Bryan Rabello won the game in the 34th minute. Jose Abella put the Guerreros up 2-0 with a spectacular header from the edge of the penalty area in the 51st minute, three minutes before Cesar Ibanez closed things out off Djaniny's assist.
Neither team qualified for the playoffs. Defending champions Santos finish in 15th place at 4-5-8 and 17 points, while Chivas end the season in 13th place at 6-3-8 (21).