May 15, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Liguilla quarterfinals -- first leg roundup
#8 Santos Laguna 1, #1 Tigres 1
Santos Laguna held top-seeded Tigres to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's Liguilla quarterfinal first leg at Estadio TSM Corona.
The scoring was over early. Javier Orozco gave the Guerreros a 1-0 lead from just inside the penalty area in the 16th minute, after Djaniny forced a defensive turnover, and Joffre Guerron right-footed the all-important road goal for Tigres in the 28th.
The series concludes Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
#7 Pachuca 3, #2 America 2
Seventh-seeded Pachuca scored three times in the first 38 minutes to defeat #2 Club America 3-2 to open their Liguilla quarterfinal series Wednesday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Erick Gutierrez got the hosts off to an assertive start with a fifth-minute strike to the upper left corner, and Cristian Penilla made the score 2-0 in the 18th after shedding three defenders to get open for the shot.
Michael Arroyo took one back for America with a 25-yard blast in the 36th minute, but Ariel Nahuelpan responded two minutes later -- with Pachuca's third long-range blast of the game -- to send the Tuzos into the intermission with a two-goal advantage.
Dario Benedetto kept things interesting with an important 50th-minute road goal for the Aguilas, assisted by Walter Ayovi.
The return match will be Saturday at Estadio Azteca
#6 Queretaro 2, #3 Veracruz 1
Yasser Corona's 90th-minute goal gave Queretaro a 2-1 win over Veracruz in Wednesday's Liguilla quarterfinal first leg at Thursday at Estadio La Corregidora.
The third-seeded Tiburones Rojos took a 1-0 lead on Juan Albin's goal in the 29th minute. Veracruz got possession after Ronaldinho, who will leave Queretaro at the end of the team's postseason run, turned the ball over at midfield. Daniel Villalba relayed the ball into the center of the penalty area for Albin.
Queretaro's Brazilian star atoned for his error in the 38th minute, setting the table as William drew the Gallos Blancos level.
Corona snatched the win with a header after Sinha's shot rebounded off the crossbar.
The series concludes Sunday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
#5 Chivas 0, #4 Atlas 0
Chivas de Guadalajara and Atlas played to a scoreless draw in their Liguilla quarterfinal first leg Thursday at Estadio Omnilife.
The herd had the better of the night's chances, including an apparent goal by Marco Fabian that was called back in the 14th minute.
The all-or-nothing return leg is set for Sunday at Estadio Jalisco.