One ended goalless, one a goal fest, and the other two were tight affairs as the 2013 Clausura play-offs got underway.
The first play-off game saw first and eighth placed Tigres and Monterrey go head to head in a tight affair at Estadio Tecnologico. The only goal of the game came early on, as Humberto Suazo converted Cesar Delgado’s cross after a fine team move. The win and more importantly the lack of an away goal gives the capital city side the advantage going in to the second leg.
The second quarter final saw Pumas host America to the Estadio Olimpico Universitaro in what was a tense affair. The visitors took a vital advantage into the second leg with an away goal courtesy of Raul Jimenez’s header in the 29th minute. After Christian Benitez beat the offside trap down the left, he looped a cross perfectly on to the head of Jimenez whose dive connected to send the ball into the back of the Pumas net and leave America as the major favourites with an away goal to take back to Estadio Azteca.
Santos Laguna and Atlas played out a goalless in their first leg, which gives neither side the edge ahead of Sunday’s second leg decider. Neither defence could be breached, so Atlas were unable to get the away goal they desired, and Santos know an early goal at Estadio Jalisco would give them one foot in the semi finals.
In the last of the four quarter final first legs, Cruz Azul and Morelia played out a thriller in the capital. Hector Mancilla broke the deadlock after just two minutes as they visitors grabbed an away goal, but Mariano Pavone restored parity after 25 minutes. Teofilo Gutierrez and Christian Gimenez made it three one before Pavone looked to have put the tie to bed by grabbing a fourth in the 98th minute. However, Morelia had one final say as Carlos Ochoa fired home a second away goal straight from the restart giving them an outside chance of making the semi-finals.
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