Chivas, Cruz Azul out of Liguilla

The top two finishers during Mexico’s qualification stage are

out of the Liguilla, with eighth-seeded Queretaro and

seventh-seeded Morelia advancing to the Apertura’s semifinals.

Queretaro held first-seeded Chivas Gualadajara to a scoreless

draw Saturday night in Jalisco, allowing the 2-1 lead they crafted

at home last week to carry them into Mexico’s final four.

Earlier, Morelia got early goals from Miguel Sabah and Edgar

Lugo at Cruz Azul to build, building on their own 2-1 lead.

Alejandro Vela pulled the home team to within two goals with his

36th minute goal, but the second-seed was unable to narrow that

gap, losing on aggregate 4-2.

Cruz Azul finished the match with ten men after midfielder

Gerardo Torrado was issued a second yellow card in the 72nd

minute.

Queretaro took a different route to the semifinals, electing to

sit on their lead from the start. While their hosts would put eight

shots on goalkeeper Liborio Sanchez, Queretaro would go the full 90

without testing Chivas `keeper Victor Hernandez.

Chivas’ loss means Mexico’s top seed has been eliminated in the

first playoff round of the last four playoff tournaments.

Queretaro and Morelia await Sunday’s results to find out who

they will face in the semifinals. If third-seeded Tigres, up 1-0 on

Pachuca, advances, they will face Queretaro. If Pachuca advances,

they will face Morelia, with the winner of Santos-Jaguares taking

on Queretaro.

Santos and Jaguares are tied at two after last week’s first leg

in Chiapas.