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Clausura round-up: Week 16

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Tigres went down 1-0 at home to Monterrey. (©GettyImages)
Tigres went down 1-0 at home to Monterrey. (©GettyImages).

Tigres slipped to a solitary goal defeat at the hands of Monterrey, as America put four past Pachuca to go top of the Clausura table on goal difference. San Luis Potosi beat Tijuana whilst Leon beat Atlante, as all three at the bottom sit level on 13 points.

America went to the Clausura summit with a 4-2 victory over Pachuca at Estadio Miguel Hidalgo. It was all Pachuca in the first half as they went in two goals ahead at the break thanks to Angel Reyna and Fernando Cavenaghi, but America responded well and after Christian Benitez’s double had levelled the scores. 

Raul Jimenez put the away side ahead from the spot. Benitez then completed his hat trick as he wrapped up the points to send his side top in their pursuit of the Liga MX title.

Tigres’ defeat at Monterrey allowed America to go top, and they went down by just one goal at Estadio Universitaro. Leobardo Lopez grabbed the only goal of the game just after half time as he headed home Humberto Suazo’s free kick.

Atlas could only pick up a point on their travels, as Puebla’s late equaliser denied them the top spot. Matias Vuoso thought he had stolen the points for the away side when he netted the opener just nine minutes from time, only for Jonathan Lacerda to level just three minutes later as both sides went away with a share of the spoils.

San Luis grabbed a vital victory at the bottom of the table, as they edged past Tijuana by a goal to nil. Xolos were playing with just nine men after Diego Olsino and Noe Maya were shown red cards. Alan Zamora was the match winner as he sent the ball home with just four minutes to go as the home side kept up their fight against relegation.

Club Leon welcomed Atlante to Estadio Nou Camp in a basement battle and only a win would stop them propping up the rest thanks to San Luis’ victory. They got the win they craved as Edgar Pacheco headed home from close range to send the home faithful wild, both sides now have one game remaining to hoist themselves away from the foot of the table.

Santos Laguna slipped up in fourth as they fell to defeat on their travels, going down 1-0 to Cruz Azul in the capital. Christian Gimenez grabbed the game’s only goal with just under 10 minutes to go until half time. 

The Argentine timed his jump to perfection and met Pablo Barrera’s corner to thump home a header to secure the points for the home side.

Pumas UNAM ensured that Chiapas remain in the relegation fight, as they put three past the visiting defence with no reply. Javier Cortes didn’t wait long to break the deadlock when he notched in only the eighth minute, and Robin Ramirez sent the home side in two goals ahead at the break. 

Cortes grabbed his second and his side’s third just minutes from the end as Pumas slip themselves into contention for a play-off position with one game remaining. 

Morelia closed the gap on Santos in fourth and cemented their place amongst the play off positions with a narrow victory over Toluca at Estadio Morelos. Jefferson Montero broke the deadlock after 37 minutes, only for Gerardo Rodriguez to level on the hour. Hector Mancilla took his tally for the season to ten with the winner in the 68th minute.

Queretaro kept their slim hopes of a play-off shot alive as they ran out 2-1 winners in the capital, despite being down to ten men for much of the game. Guadalajara’s Sergio Perez put the ball past his own goalkeeper Hector Reynoso to put the visitors ahead, after Gonzalo Pineda had already seen red for the away side. 

Wilberto Cosme doubled the lead despite the numerical disadvantage only from Abraham Coronado to reduce the deficit with 22 minutes to play but it was not enough to prevent defeat.


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