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Liga MX Wrap: Tigres surprise America in quarter-finals

25 November 2013 05:09

Tigres have surprisingly held America to a 2-2 draw in the Liga MX quarter-finals, while Toluca thumped Cruz Azul.

America had topped the Apertura league standings after 17 rounds but needed an 89th-minute goal from Aquivaldo Mosquera to secure a draw away to Tigres, who qualified for the finals in eighth position.

Tigres had not lost at home since October 5 heading into Sunday's quarter-final first leg but the Monterrey-based club suffered an early blow when Juan Carlos Valenzuela glanced a header into the net from a corner to give America the lead in the 14th minute.

The hosts hit back just after the half-hour mark, however, when Alan Pulido superbly volleyed home from the penalty spot after a whipped left-wing cross by Jorge Torres Nilo.

The visitors could barely gather themselves before Tigres hit the front as a corner was headed down to Guido Pizarro and the 23-year-old midfielder thumped the ball past America goalkeeper Moises Munoz.

But Tigres were denied an impressive victory in the penultimate minute of regulation time when Mosquera flung himself at a hopeful cross and his outstretched leg lifted the ball over Enrique Palos for the equalising goal.

In Toluca de Lerdo, the home side set up a three-goal lead over Cruz Azul ahead of next week's second leg with a 3-0 result.

Oscar Rojas, Pablo Velazquez and Francisco Gamboa scored for Toluca, while in the other two matches on Sunday, Morelia recovered from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Leon and Santos Laguna held on for a 3-2 win away to Queretaro.

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Competition
Liga MX
Date
25 November 2013
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
On aggregate
3 - 3

Goals

0 - 1
A. Pulido 31'  
1 - 1
G. Pizarro 35'  
2 - 1
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1 82'
30
3
4
6
11
16 55'
29
19 4' 35'
10
17 31'
Coach: Ricardo Ferretti
# Player Bookings
23
2
3 89'
22
6 14' 66'
19
26 25'
5
14 61'
11
9
Coach: M. Herrera

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
33
24
20
22
23
27
# Player Bookings
16
15
10
1
7
8
18

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Liga MX table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
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12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0

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