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Mexico: Favourites Tigres crash out; Clausura Review

Posted in North and Central American Football by peterbein on May 9, 2011
Héctor Reynoso

Héctor Reynoso helped Chivas defeat Tigres

The quarter-final stages in Mexico’s Torneo Clausura have been completed this weekend and for UNAM Pumas, Guadalajara, Morelia and Cruz Azul the dream is still alive.

The biggest shock came courtesy of Guadalajara who disposed of tournament favourites and number one seed Tigres UANL with a 4-2 aggregate victory. Having won the first leg at home 3-1, Guadalajara made a good job of holding on to their two goal aggregate lead in the second leg until the 64th minute when Héctor Mancilla scored to give Tigres hope. Guadalajara restored the two goal advantage just fifteen minutes later through Héctor Reynoso and effectively killed the game as a contest. The Chivas will face off against UNAM in the semi-finals after the Pumas, now the new tournament favourites following Tigres’ elimination, knocked out 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey CF from the competition. Although the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate UNAM progress to the final four due to their higher regular season ranking.

Monarcas Morelia, who have only ever been Mexican champions once in their history, remain on course to win a first title since 2000 having overcome the challenge of Club América. Following an impressive 2-1 away win in the first leg, Morelia sealed the deal in the second leg with goals from Joao Rojas (2) and Márquez Lugo helping Monarcas to an overall 5-3 aggregate win. They will meet Cruz Azul in the semi-finals after los Cementos won by the odd goal in three in their two-legged tie against Atlante CF. Christian Giménez’s two goals in Cruz Azul’s 2-1 first leg victory proved crucial as the two teams were unable to break the deadlock in the return fixture played on Saturday.

The two-legged semi-final matches will be played on May 11-12 and May 14-15.

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