The Águilas needed just a draw to ensure their Liguilla berth, but after fighting back from a 0-2 deficit they were unable to prevent Pachuca from scoring a late winner. On the other hand, the margin of victory wasn’t big enough for the Tuzos, who miss out on the playoffs due to goal difference.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced the sanctions imposed on Enrique Triverio of Toluca and Pablo Aguilar of Club América. The two were appealing the one-year suspensions they received following violent conduct against the referee in their respective Copa MX games on March 8th.
The Disciplinary Committee originally handed down an eight-game suspension for Triverio and a 10-game suspension for Aguilar; after an appeal by the Referees’ Commission, the Appeals Committee overturned the original sanction and imposed a one-year ban on March 13.
The players then appealed the appeal, turning to CAS on March 30th.
Atlas booked their spot in the playoffs with a 1-2 away victory against América on Saturday night. The result extends the Rojinegros’ unbeaten streak to six games, while the Águilas have now lost two in a row, as well as losing their season-long unbeaten streak in the Azteca.
The visitors opened the scoring very early, with Leiton Jiménez getting around Edson Álvarez and heading home a corner kick in just the third minute. That marked the first time this season that América had allowed a goal at home.
Santos Laguna scored a stoppage-time goal to beat América 2-1 on Sunday night. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season while ending the Águilas two-game winning streak and seven-game unbeaten streak.
Santos made their home-field advantage count here and they looked much the better side in the first half. The hosts created numerous chances and out-shot América 26 to 8 over the course of the ninety minutes. Nevertheless, most of those shots were off target and when halftime rolled around the game was still deadlocked at 0-0.
América beat Querétaro by the minimum difference to remain unbeaten at home this season. The result also gives the Águilas back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in seven overall, while extending the Gallos Blancos’ losing streak to four games.
The hosts took the initiative from the opening whistle and they found chances in the early going, primarily through Oribe Peralta. But it wasn’t until just before halftime that América was able to open the scoring.
The visitors had the first good chance of the game in the 10th minute, when Marcos González forced a good save out of Agustín Marchesín to keep the game goalless. After that, the game slowed down and there were few chances of note at either end for the rest of the first half.
It was honors even in the Estadio Caliente as Tijuana and América settled for a 0-0 draw. The result is a third straight draw for the Xolos, who are now winless in four, while the Águilas remain unbeaten in five.
The game started slowly. América, missing a number of players due to injury or suspension, came out looking to play for the draw. Tijuana’s usual high-flying attack – the highest scoring in the league – was missing its usual spark, and there were almost no chances to speak of in the first half.
The first half was a largely even affair. Monterrey had the first chance in the 11th minute, but Agustín Marchesín sent Dorlan Pabon’s effort out for a corner kick. América then had a chance through Michael Arroyo in the 22nd minute, but after getting past César Montes he couldn’t beat Hugo González, who made the save.
América let a two-goal lead slip, but a late goal by Cecilio Domínguez gave the Águilas a 2-3 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result keeps América unbeaten in three while Pumas suffered their first home loss of the season.
The universitarios started the game off better as they looked to take advantage of América’s absentees, as well as the forced substitution of the injured Miguel Samudio. In the 18th minute, they nearly opened the scoring when Jesús Gallardo found an open Nicolás Castillo, but he couldn’t put his shot on frame.
The two were originally given eight- and ten- game suspensions, respectively, for “attempted assault” of the referees. That punishment resulted in a referee strike that saw this weekend’s Jornada 10 games postponed, with the Mexican Referee Association (AMA) noting that the suspensions were not based on the existing regulations for sanctions.