The first legs of the Apertura 2016 Ascenso MX quarterfinals saw two lower seeds earn victories. All four series, however, are separated by no more than a goal, leaving everyone still in it ahead of this weekend’s decisive second legs.
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 2-1 Celaya
The visitors took the lead in the 33rd minute through Abraham Isaí Riestra, whose header found the back of the net. But Alebrijes fought back in the second half with a 49th minute equalizer from Diego Martínez. Then, in the 69th minute, Lucero Álvarez scored from the penalty spot to give 8th-seeded Oaxaca the 2-1 victory.
Cimarrones 2-3 Mineros de Zacatecas
The visitors took the lead in the 17th minute through Roberto Nurse, who made it 0-1. But Cimarrones equalized ten minutes later through Óscar Rai Villa to leave the game level going into halftime. In the second half, Mineros retook the lead in the 69th minute through Julián Cardozo and then made it 1-3 minutes later when Nurse scored his second. Cimarrones pulled a goal back in the 84th through Luis Loroña, but the 7th seed will be facing a stiff test in the second leg after allowing three away goals here.
Atlante 1-0 Zacatepec
The 6th-seed snatched a victory by the minimum difference with a goal from Óscar Uscanga in the 30th minute. Atlante was able to frustrate Zacatepec all night, as the visitors just could not get on the board despite having the majority of chances. Zacatepec put five shots on goal to Atlante’s one, but it was the hosts who were able to capitalize.
Dorados de Sinaloa 1-1 Potros UAEM
The fourth and fifth seeds played out a hard-fought draw in the first leg of their series. The hosts took the lead shortly after halftime when Vinicio Angulo’s header found the back of the net in the 48th minute, but Potros were able to tie it late. In the 82nd minute, substitute Édgar González put UAEM on level terms when he got the better of his markers and finished off a cross to make it 1-1.
The second leg schedule is as follows, all times Eastern, home team listed first:
Ascenso MX – Quarterfinal Second Legs
Saturday, November 19
Potros UAEM (4) vs Dorados de Sinaloa (5) – 5:00 PM
Celaya (1) vs Alebrijes de Oaxaca (8) – 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 20
Zacatepec (3) vs Atlante (6) – 7:00 PM
Mineros de Zacatecas (2) vs Cimarrones (7) – 9:00 PM