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Clausura round-up: Week 17

Tigres finished top of the Clausura after victory over America (©GettyImages)
Tigres finished top of the Clausura after victory over America (©GettyImages).

Tigres finished top of the Clausura, whilst Monterey grabbed the last play-off spot as Queretaro are forbidden to enter the play-offs due to their relegation. 

Atlante suffered as they ended up finishing bottom of the table due to their final day loss. Against Pumas UNAM.

A final day victory over America saw Tigres take the top spot at the end of the regular season. Danilo Veron and captain Lucas Lobos were the goalscorers to guide the away side to three points. The win will give the table toppers a huge boost of confidence going into the play-offs as the top seed whilst America take the second place.

Atlas finished third despite a last day loss against Club Leon. Mateos Britos grabbed the important goal for the visitors at Estadio Jalisco, taking three vital points which pushed his side away from the bottom of the Clausura table.

First half goals from Hector Mancilla and Joao Rojas guided Morelia to a win against Santos Laguna who pulled a goal back just after the hour when Darwin Quintero netted but it was not enough to get the home side back into the game. Morelia leapfrog Santos into fourth, whilst Santos make do with sixth spot.

Cruz Azul also leapt over Santos into fifth, thanks to a 5-1 win over CONCAF champions Monterrey at Estadio Tecnologico. Teofilo Gutierrez and Luis Perea put the visiting side into a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break, and Mariano Pavone made it three before Cesar Delgado pulled one back. Pavone though added two more to complete his hat trick and round off a comfortable afternoon for the capital city club.

Despite losing Luis Fernando Quintana who was red carded just after half time, goals from David Cabrera and Luis Garcia saw Pumas to victory over Atlante, who despite Luis Venegas’ solitary reply could not conjure a second to salvage a point. Pumas take seventh and head into the lottery of the play-offs whilst Atlante finish bottom.

Queretaro were edged out of a thriller on the final day, as a late Gustavo Alustiza penalty gave Puebla the win at Estadio La Corregidora. Felix Borja broke the deadlock for the away side after 38 minutes, and Alustiza made it two with just 20 minutes to play. His goal though, set off the fireworks as the home side roared back with two goals in two minutes to draw themselves level, only for Alustiza to convert from the spot after Wilberto Cosme had levelled to snare the points for Los Camoteros.

A final day thrashing for Guadalajara saw them finish second bottom of the Clausura, and victorious Tijuana ended in tenth. All four goals came in a frantic opening 45 minutes, with Bruno Piceno opening the scoring, and Duvier Riascos made it two. Richard Ruiz added the third just three minutes before the break and Fidel Martinez got in on the act on the stroke of half time as he added the gloss to an already impressive score line.

San Luis Potosi edged out Toluca on the final day as Luis Angel Mendoza netted the only goal of the game with eight minutes to go until half time. The win helped San Luis edge away from the bottom of the table, whereas defeat for Toluca in 13th, only five points away from the bottom themselves.

The play-off matches are therefore as follows: 
UANL Tigres vs. Monterrey
Club America vs. Pumas UNAM
Atlas vs. Santos Laguna
Morelia vs. Cruz Azul

 

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