Mexican League Roundup, Nov. 7

Israel Castro and Paraguayan striker Dante Lopez scored to earn

Pumas a 2-0 win over Necaxa on Sunday to close in on a place in the

Mexican Apertura playoffs.

Castro put the home side ahead in the 76th and Lopez added a

strike in the 90th for Pumas, who won for the first time since week

12 and leapt to 22 points in third place in Group 3.

The easiest road to the playoffs for Pumas is a win next Sunday

against America, combined with a Jaguares loss against

Queretaro.

“We are happy with the win because it keep us in the race, with

an upcoming game against America,” Lopez said. “We are going to

work very hard to qualify.”

With one week left to play in the regular season, Cruz Azul,

Monterrey, Santos and America have secured a spot in the final

round, while Pumas, Morelia, Pachuca, Toluca, Jaguares, Chivas and

Tigres will fight for the remaining four places.

Necaxa, who came into the match eliminated from contention,

stayed on 16 points as one of the worst teams of the season.

In Sunday’s other game, Puebla upset Monterrey 2-0. Felipe Ayala

scored in the 28th and Yasser Corona followed in the 91th as Puebla

won for the first time in the last six rounds.

Monterrey lost for the second time in the season and remains on

32 points as the Group 1 leader. With the loss, Cruz Azul secured

the first seed in the playoffs.

In other scores from the weekend: Estudiantes 4, Toluca 2;

Jaguares 2, Atlas 1; Pachuca 2, Queretaro 1; Tigres 0, Morelia 1;

Chivas 0, Cruz Azul 0; San Luis 1, Santos 1; Atlante 0, America 1;

Pumas 2, Necaxa 0; Puebla 2, Monterrey 0.