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Liga MX Wrap: Top two beaten

21 April 2014 02:51

Cruz Azul maintained their two-point lead atop the Liga MX despite a crushing 5-1 loss at Morelia on matchday 16.

With one eye on their CONCACAF Champions League final second leg against Toluca on Thursday, a weakened Cruz Azul were well beaten at the Estadio Generalisimo Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon.

A three-goal first half set up sixth-placed Morelia's win, but Luis Tena's Cruz Azul side went unpunished.

Toluca were unable to take advantage, missing their chance to go top after suffering a 1-0 loss at Atlas.

They, too, put out a weaker side, with the Champions League tie locked at 0-0 after the first leg at Cruz Azul.

At Morelia, the hosts took a 17th-minute lead against the league leaders as Aldo Ramirez's 25-yard shot went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Hector Mancilla's goal from an angle nine minutes later made it 2-0, but Cruz Azul pulled a goal back shortly before the break.

Achille Emana finished neatly into the bottom corner in a one-on-one, only for Mancilla to restore the hosts' two-goal lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.

Duvier Riascos and Oscar Fernandez completed the rout with goals in the final 15 minutes.

At Atlas' Estadio Jalisco, Rodrigo Millar's 70th-minute header saw the hosts past Toluca.

Pumas UNAM closed the gap on the top two as Roberto Ramirez struck a 55th-minute winner in their 1-0 victory at home to Guadalajara.

The third-placed outfit are six points behind Toluca.

Santos Laguna's six-match unbeaten league run came to an end after a thrilling 3-2 loss at home to Chiapas.

Atlante suffered a fourth straight league loss as Dario Benedetto's winner six minutes before full-time led Tijuana to a 2-1 victory.

Second-bottom Puebla claimed just their third league win of the season, overcoming Pachuca 2-1 away from home.

Miguel Sabah's brace led Leon to a 3-0 win over Tigres UANL, Monterrey thrashed Veracruz 4-1 and America and Queretaro played out a 0-0 draw.

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5 - 1

Competition
Liga MX
Date
19 April 2014
Game week
16
Kick-off
02:30
Half-time
3 - 1
Full-time
5 - 1

Goals

1 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 1
H. Mancilla (PG) 44'  
3 - 1
D. Riascos 75'  
4 - 1
5 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
23 72'
6 83'
2 36'
26
28
8 17'
13 78'
9 25' 44'
20 75'
31 86'
Coach: Á. Comizzo
# Player Bookings
12 43'
2
53
55 59'
36
20 41'
10
21
58
7
18
Coach: L. Tena

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
19 62'
29
3
7
11
12
22
# Player Bookings
22
33
70
23
50
59
37

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Liga MX table

# Team MP D P
1 17 +15 37
2 17 +15 30
3 17 +10 30
4 17 +12 29
5 17 +10 28
6 17 +1 28
7 17 +2 27
8 17 +10 24
9 17 +1 22
10 17 -1 22
11 17 -1 22
12 17 -5 22
13 17 -5 19
14 17 -9 18
15 17 -8 14
16 17 -14 14
17 17 -16 14
18 17 -17 12

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