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Clausura round-up: Gap at the top closes as Tigres lose

Tigres suffered their first defeat of the season to Pumas. (©GettyImages)
Tigres suffered their first defeat of the season to Pumas. (©GettyImages).

A table-topping Tigres loss, coupled with draws for Atlas and America allowed Santos to close the gap in fourth to go level with America. Pumas’ win over Tigres also saw them move into fifth. 

Morelia also snared three points as they took sixth whilst at the bottom it was despair for Club Leon despite a creditable point from America as the surrounding teams picked up points to leave them propping up the rest.

Santos Laguna saw off Toluca at TSM Corona thanks to Oribe Peralta’s 70th minute winner. 

Rangy midfielder Lucas Silva had given the visitors the lead after half an hour, only for Cesar Ibanez to level four minutes before Peralta netted the crucial winner to send his side into fourth.

League leaders Tigres suffered their first defeat of the season, as they fell at Pumas. Despite Emanuel Vila’s eighth minute header giving them the lead, the table toppers struggled to get a hold of the game and the hosts’ were level just four minutes later thanks to Hugo Ayala’s own goal. 

Martin Bravo grabbed the winner in an entertaining first half when he acrobatically volleyed home from six yards after Dario Veron’s flick-on.

Matias Britos’ early penalty was not enough to keep America at bay, who soon levelled through top scorer Chucho Benitez. 

The point was not really enough for either side, as Leon go bottom, whilst America saw their chance to put pressure on leaders Tigres slip away.

Chiapas distanced themselves from the bottom of the Clausura table with a win over Puebla. Luis Lorona had given Jaguares the lead after 14 minutes, but DaMarcus Beasley levelled matters with 20 minutes left to play. 

Jorge Rodriguez was the match winner for the away side, dramatically netting in the final five minutes.

Late drama at Estadio Alfonso Lastras saw both San Luis and Atlas score as the match ended in a draw. Matias Vuoso put the second placed side ahead just past the half hour mark, but David Salazar restored parity with just over ten minutes to go. 

Mauro Matos and Isaac Brizuela scored in added time (which scored first) as both teams went away with a point.

Francisco Uscanga snatched a dramatic winner for Atlante on their visit to the capital to face Guadalajara. Rafael Marquez’s 27th minute penalty had given the home side the lead, which lasted until the latter stages when Luis Venegas levelled things up. 

Uscanga stole the headlines though with his late strike, which kept Atlante off the bottom at the expense of Leon.

Tijuana suffered a thumping at the hands of Cruz Azul, as they shipped five goals and finished the game with ten men. Mariano Pavone broke the deadlock after half an hour and Teofilo Gutierrez doubled the advantage just after half time. 

Cristian Pellerano saw red for the visitors before Azul made the most of the numerical advantage. Gerardo Flores made it three before a later Javier Orozco double put the gloss on the score line.

Morelia leapfrogged into sixth place, with a narrow victory over Queretaro at Estadio Morelos. Hector Mancilla was the hero as he curled a free kick into the top right hand corner with just over ten minutes to play. 

With the season coming to a close, the three points pushes the home side into a play off position at just the right time.

Cesar Delgado’s red card did not deter Monterrey on their pursuit of three precious points, as Jesus Corona and Neri Cardozo scored in opposite halves to lead Rayados to victory over Pachuca. 

The win leaves the victorious home side level on points with their beaten opposition in eighth and ninth respectively.


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