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