The second legs of the semi-finals saw America entertain Monterrey and Cruz Azul welcome Santos Laguna in their bids for the Clausura 2013 title.

With two away goals already in the bag from their trip to Estadio Tecnologico and after Raul Jimenez coolly converted a penalty to give the home side a 3-2 aggregate lead, it left Monterrey with an uphill battle to salvage the tie. 

And things went from bad to worse when Jimenez broke away with Chucho Benitez in the last 10 minutes. 

The Ecuadorian took control before playing a neat one-two with the Mexican and thumped an effort past Jonathan Orozco much to the delight of the home fans.

Aldo De Nigris pulled one back with a minute of added time to play which left Estadio Azteca with a few more nerves than they were hoping for in the final stages, but Miguel Herrera’s side held on and took their place in the Clausura grand final.

With a three goal deficit to overturn, Santos Laguna travelled to Estadio Azul with their hopes of a final berth hanging by a thread. 

That hope was extinguished after eight minutes when Javier Orozco fired an effort across Oswaldo Sanchez and into the top right hand corner. Orozco was at it again with a quarter of the game gone as nodded home Pablo Barrera’s cross and the game really was up for the current Clausura champions. 

Andres Renteria notched a consolation goal with eight minutes left of the first half but it was as much of a response as the visitors could muster. 

Darwin Quintero and Felipe Baloy were sent off before the hour as Santos’ challenge became laughable – Quintero’s second yellow for a ‘hand of god’ attempt, and the home side were also reduced to ten late on thanks to the dismissal of substitute Alejandro Vela. 

It made no difference to the score line however and Azul march on to meet America in the final.


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