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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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Info

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

Sunday 2 August

Saturday 1 August

23:50
23:50
23:05
22:56
22:53
22:35
22:13
21:37
21:01
20:48
20:21
20:21
19:59
19:47
19:45
19:00
19:00
18:35
18:34
18:20
18:20
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18:11
17:34
17:09
17:03
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16:25
15:56
15:55
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13:27
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12:44
11:40
11:00
06:45
05:59
05:56
05:54
04:57
04:52
03:18
02:27
00:59
00:47

Friday 31 July

23:52
23:23
22:46
19:39
19:27
19:03
19:02
18:33
18:21
17:34
17:20
17:01
16:31
15:56
15:35
15:27
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12:59
12:47
12:38
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11:46
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07:40
07:18
07:02
05:23
05:14
05:00
04:33
04:27
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02:13
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00:53

Liga MX table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +5 6
2 2 +4 6
3 2 +2 6
4 2 +1 4
5 2 +1 4
6 1 +3 3
7 1 +2 3
8 2 +1 3
9 1 +1 3
10 2 +0 3
11 2 -1 3
12 2 -2 0
13 1 -2 0
14 2 -2 0
15 2 -3 0
16 1 -3 0
17 1 -3 0
18 2 -4 0

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