May 10, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 17 roundup
Queretaro 1, Chiapas 0
Ronaldinho's penalty kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time lifted Queretaro over Chiapas 1-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
William da Silva created a couple of dangerous early chances for the Gallos Blancos, but the Queretaro attack did not really catch a spark until Ronaldinho and Sinha came off the bench to start the second half. Still, no one could put a shot on target and the match appeared headed for a scoreless tie until Ronaldinho drove his spot kick off the fingers of netminder Oscar Jimenez and into the net.
Silvio Romero had the best chance for Jaguares, hooking a shot off the post in the 75th minute.
The Gallos Blancos (8-2-7) finish sixth on the table with 26 points, and will face #3 Veracruz in the first round of playoffs. Jaguares end the season in 15th place at 5-5-7 (20).
Pachuca 2, Veracruz 1
Dario Cvitanich scored in the 89th minute to give Pachuca (7-4-6, 25 pts) a 2-1 win over Veracruz and the seventh seed in the Liguilla playoffs Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
The Tuzos, who needed the win and some help from other teams in the season's final weekend to qualify for La Liguilla, got on the board first when Rodolfo Pizarro connected from just inside the penalty area in the 49th minute. Leiton Jimenez equalized for the Tiburones Rojos off a rebound in the 74th.
Hirving Lozano set up the deciding play with a precise service into the six-yard box for Cvitanich, who needed only to push the ball into the net.
Third-place Veracruz (7-7-3, 28) will face #6 Queretaro in the Liguilla quarterfinals, while the Tuzos will face second-place Club America.
Monterrey 2, Pumas 2
Monterrey (7-3-7, 24 pts) and Pumas (6-4-7, 22) traded second-half goals on their way to a 2-2 draw Saturday in the final Liga MX match at Estadio Tecnologico.
Matias Britos put Pumas on the board in the 61st minute, but the score was level barely four minutes later, after Dorlan Pabon converted a penalty kick. Daniel Luduena restored UNAM's lead with a 20-yard blast in the 76th, but Jesus Xavala gave the Rayados the last word, pushing the ball home from close range with one minute left on the clock.
Pabon finished as the league's leading goalscorer, with ten. Neither team qualified for the postseason.
Leon 6, Tijuana 2
Seventeenth-place Leon (4-4-9, 16 pts) exploded for three goals in a six-minute span of the first half on their way to a 6-1 romp over #11 Tijuana (7-3-7, 24) Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Carlos Pena scored the first (3rd minute) and last (72nd) goals for the Esmeraldas. Dayro Moreno matched his brace for Xolos, connecting in the tenth and 87th minutes.
Fernando Navarro kicked off Leon's first-half flurry in the 31st minute, giving the Esmeraldas a 2-1 lead. Luis Montes converted the game-winning penalty kick three minutes later, and Gonzalo Rios added the first insurance tally in the 37th. Juan Gonzalez rounded out the Leon scoring with a 69th-minute goal.
Neither club qualified for the playoffs.
Leones Negros 2, Cruz Azul 0
Leones Negros closed out the LigaMX season with a 2-0 win over shorthanded Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Azul.
The result was enough to knock La Maquina (7-4-6, 25 pts) out of postseason contention, but not to help U de G (5-3-9, 18) avoid relegation.
Jonathan Gonzalez scored both goals for U de G, in the 19th and 68th minutes. Cruz Azul played the second half shorthanded after Chaco Gimenez was red-carded in the 42nd minute.
Santos Laguna 2, Puebla 2
Andres Renteria scored in the 73rd minute to lift Santos Laguna into a 2-2 tie with Puebla Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.
The result was enough to allow Puebla (5-5-7, 20 pts) to avoid relegation. the Guerreros (7-4-6, 25) squeak into the playoffs in eighth place, and will face top-seeded Tigres in the quarterfinals.
Javier Orozco staked the Guerreros to a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute, with the final touch on Adrian Aldrete's free kick. Alfonso Tamay equalized for La Franja on the cusp of halftime, of the loose ball after Flavio Santos' shot was blocked by a defender, and Luis Robles put Puebla up 2-1 in the 51st minute.
America 2, Atlas 1
Club America came up with two goals in two minutes to rally past Atlas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The game was scoreless until Daniel Alvarez opened up a 1-0 lead for the Zorros in the 62nd minute. Two minutes later, Dario Benedetto equalized with a header for the Aguilas, and Paul Aguilar delivered the win off a rebound two minutes after that.
Both teams have qualified for the postseason, America (8-5-4, 29 pts) in second place, and Atlas (8-4-5, 28) in fourth.
Toluca 0, Tigres 0
Toluca and Tigres closed out their LigaMX seasons with a scoreless draw Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
The result was enough to give Tigres (9-2-6, 29 pts) first place and the top seed in the upcoming Liguilla playoffs. Toluca finish in tenth place at 6-6-5 (24), and could have cracked the playoff field had Edgar Hernandez not hit the crossbar in the second minute of stoppage time.
Tigres will face #8 Santos Laguna in the Liguilla quarterfinals.
Morelia 3, Chivas 2
Last-place Morelia ended their Clausura season with a defiant 3-2 win over Chivas d Guadalajara Saunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Armando Zamorano's 89th minute penalty kick, awarded after a handball call on defender Carlos Salcido, gave Monarcas only their third win of the season. Morelia never trailed in the match after Ignacio Gonzalez snagged a rebound to open up a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. Carlos Fierro took advantage of a muffed clearing attempt by netminder Jorge Villalpando to level the score for Chivas in the 18th, but Jefferson Cuero countered in the 45th to send Morelia into the intermission with a 2-1 advantage.
Marco Fabian knotted the score 2-2 barely a minute into the second half, after Raul Lopez spearheaded a breakaway down the right side.
The Herd finish fifth at 7-5-5 and 26 points, and will face #4 Atlas in the quarterfinals.