Jesús Méndez of Toluca will miss the Diablos Rojos’ first playoff game for a lack of respect towards the match officials; Djaniny Tavares and Walter Gael Sandoval, both of Santos Laguna, will likewise miss their quarterfinal first leg game due to serious foul play.
With the playoffs out of reach for both teams, León and Cruz Azul looked to close out their seasons on a high note. It was La Máquina who managed it, with a 1-2 come-from-behind away win against La Fiera.
The game started just about perfectly for the hosts, who earned a penalty kick in the 4th minute after a foul by Guillermo Allison. Mauro Boselli took the spot kick and converted it to make it 1-0 for León.
With Pachuca’s 17-month home unbeaten streak seconds away from coming to an end, none other than goalkeeper Óscar “Conejo” Pérez scored a dramatic stoppage time goal to give the Tuzos a 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul. The result ends La Máquina’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs, while Pachuca has dropped out of the top eight but is still in the running for a Liguilla spot.
The Tuzos won the CONCACAF Champions League in midweek and were looking to get back on track in league play, where they had gone six games without a win – or a goal. They had the first dangerous chance here, when Jonathan Urretaviscaya combined well with Franco Jara, but “Urreta” saw his shot stopped by Jesús Corona.
The hosts started the game off well and they had a few chances in the early going. Then, in the 20th minute, Rodolfo Cota was called for a foul in the box on Jorge Benítez, and La Máquina was given the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot.
Puebla scored a stoppage-time goal to beat Cruz Azul 2-1 in the last game of Jornada 14. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for the Poblanos and ends a two-game unbeaten streak for La Máquina. The victory also puts Puebla on the brink of mathematically guaranteeing their survival in the relegation fight; they are now seven points clear of Veracruz with just nine points left to play for.
The visitors took the lead very early on, with Rafael Baca finishing off a cross from Ángel Mena with a diving header in just the 4th minute. But despite looking the better team for much of the first half, Cruz Azul was unable to add to their 0-1 lead, and Puebla turned things around in the second 45.
Cruz Azul earned a 0-2 away win against Toluca on Thursday night to wrap up the midweek round of rescheduled Jornada 10 games. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for La Máquina while the Diablos Rojos saw their three-game winning streak brought to a halt.
Toluca was looking to open up some space at the top of the table in front of their home crowd, but the night did not go as planned for the hosts. Despite numerous injuries and absences, Cruz Azul started the game off well and even hit the crossbar in the 14th minute with a shot by Jorge Benítez.
The game was initially fairly even. Although the hosts enjoyed more possession of the ball, it was the visitors who found the first chance. In the 22nd minute, Raúl Ruidíaz was in good position in the box but couldn’t make contact with the cross.
It was the visiting Máquina who started the game off better, with Joao Rojas and Jorge Benítez creating some dangerous chances in the early going.
Cruz Azul’s best opportunity of the half came just after the half-hour mark, when Martín Rodríguez got his head to a cross from Ángel Mena; however, Sebastián Sosa made a good save to keep the game goalless.
Playing in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence, Veracruz came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory against Cruz Azul. Even with the win, the Tiburones Rojos will remain at the foot of the relegation standings, but they have breathed new life into their campaign to remain in the first division.
The visitors started the game off better and enjoyed more possession. But when Julián Velázquez was called for a foul on Eduardo Herrera in the box, it looked like Veracruz would take the lead from the penalty spot.
Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday night that leaves La Máquina with just one win in their last nine. Meanwhile, the universitarios extended their unbeaten streak to four games.
Both teams had chances in the first half, but the final touch was lacking. Martín Cauteruccio was particularly profligate for Cruz Azul, as the Uruguayan failed to capitalize on no fewer than three good opportunities.