Queretaro, Morelia take first leg leads

BY foxsports • November 19, 2011

Two late goals from Rafael Marquez Lugo against a 10-man Cruz Azul allowed Morelia to take a 2-1 lead out of Estadio Morelos after the first leg of the teams' Mexican Liguilla quarterfinal.

In the day's first game, top-seeded Chivas are fortunate to be down only one goal after Jorge Enriquez came off the bench to score late in Guadalajara's 2-1 loss at Queretaro.

The qualification phase's winners were one the verge of a lop-sided result thanks to Carlos Bueno, who put the eigth-seeded Gallos Blancos up two with goals in the 10th and 70th minutes.

Guadalajara was playing without first-choice goalkeeper Luis Miguel, suspended for the first three matches of the Liguilla, and were forced to rely upon understudy Victor Hernandez.

Hernandez was left helpless on Blanco's first goal, the Queretaro striker finishing a counter attack with a curling shot from 20 yeards out just inside Hernandez's right post.

Blanco capped his brace with a stunning effort that saw the attacker bending his left leg around defender Jonny Magallon to put a cross from past Hernandez, securing Queretaro's advantage ahead of next weekend's second leg in Jalisco.

In Morelia, Javier Orozco put Cruz Azul up after 33 minutes, an advantage tossed-away by Fausto Pinto in the 70th minute. The left back saw straight red after a verbal altercation with Morelia manager Tomas Boy, leaving the visitors a man down for the final 20 minutes.

Monarcas responded through Marquez Lugo, who scored in the 76th and 86th minutes to give the seventh seed a 2-1 advantage going back to Mexico City.

The quarterfinal's second legs will take place on November 26th.

Mexico's two other quarterfinal matches start tomorrow, with the third-seeded Tigres at Pachuca ahead of fifth-seeded Jaguares hosting Santos Laguna in Chiapas.

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