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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 2 +3 6
2 2 +2 6
3 2 +2 4
4 2 +2 4
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 4
9 2 +1 3
10 2 +0 3
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12 2 -1 1
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -1 1
15 2 -2 1
16 2 -2 0
17 2 -3 0
18 2 -3 0

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