Estudiantes beats Puebla 3-2 in InterLiga

BY foxsports • January 14, 2010

Monterrey and Guadalajara's Estudiantes Tecos qualified for the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday night in the InterLiga doubleheader final.

Goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco made two saves in a penalty-kick shootout and Monterrey beat Club America of Mexico City 3-1 for the championship in the second game. The teams played to a 0-0 tie after 90 minutes of regulation.

In the first game, Rubens Oscar Sambueza scored in the 89th minute as Estudiantes Tecos rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory over Puebla.

Monterrey and Estudiantes Tecos will join Mexico's Morelia, CD Guadalajara and San Luis in the 2010 edition of South America's most prestigious club tournament.

Estudiantes will make its first appearance by facing Peru's Juan Aurich in a playoff for a spot in one of the groups.

Orozco began the shootout by diving to his right to block Salvador Cabanas' shot with both palms, then used his right hand to punch Aquivaldo Mosquera's shot away.

America's Pavel Pardo ended the shootout by lifting his attempt his over the crossbar.

Luis Ernesto Perez, Walter Ayovi and Osvaldo Martinez converted for Monterrey. Oscar Rojas scored for America.

Estudiantes' Sambueza scored the winning goal after running onto Elgabry Rangel's pass from the right flank, and used his left foot to convert a 17-yard shot that rolled between Puebla goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando and the left post.

Puebla, also seeking its first Copa Libertadores berth, built a 2-0 lead on Alejandro Acosta's 12-yard header in the fifth minute and Nicolas Olvera's 9-yard shot in the 47th.

But Estudiantes' Rodrigo Ruiz forced the tie by scoring two goals. Ruiz converted a diagonal shot from eight yards inside the right post in the 52nd minute and a 6-yard header in the 80th minute.

Ruiz finished InterLiga with four goals to tie Cabanas for the tournament lead.

Estudiantes goalkeeper Mario Rodriguez kept Puebla from extending its lead in the 35th minute by diving to his left to deflect Luis Miguel Noriega's penalty kick.

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