Cruz Azul thump América and Leones Negros pick up big win – all of Saturday’s action (VIDEO)

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Cruz Azul  4 – 0  Club América

Cruz Azul emphatically moved into the playoff positions with an outstanding 4-0 victory over league leaders and city rivals, Club América. A superb early goal from the impressive, Mariano Pavone set the wheels in motion for La Máquina and although Turco Mohamed’s side toiled after the break to gain a foothold, the Estadio Azul erupted with five minutes remaining when Chaco Giménez tapped in a second. The match was over but in injury time, breakaway goals from Gerardo Flores and João Rojas ensured what is by some distance the best result of the season for Cruz Azul.

Leones Negros  1 – 0  Pumas

In Guadalajara this weekend, the Clásico Tapitío may well dominate the headlines but Leones Negros picked up a crucial home win against Pumas in their bid to beat the drop. Ecuadorian striker, Fidel Martínez headed the only goal of the game and although Leones remain bottom of the descenso, winning points at home will be vital to stay up.

Veracruz  0 – 1  Tigres

Veracruz meanwhile did not enjoy such luck in their battle as Colombian Leiton Jiménez’s unfortunate own goal meant that Los Tiburones Rojos slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tigres. La Universidad de Nuevo León moved up to fifth with the win as they look to cement their place in La Liguilla.

Monterrey  1 – 1  Tijuana

Monterrey remain in second place but were unable to take full advantage of América’s defeat as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Tijuana. Argentine striker, Darío Benedetto eventually gave Los Xolos the lead at about the third time of asking and it appeared as though it would be enough for a rare away win for Tijuana. However, with just minutes remaining, Jesús Zavala headed Los Rayados level and salvaged a point.

Santos Laguna  2 – 2  Morelia

Morelia came from two down to snatch a surprising draw against Santos in Torreón in what was an impressive showing of resolve from Liga MX’s bottom club. Goals within minutes either side of half time put Santos firmly in the driving seat as first Javier Orozco and then Andrés Rentería slotted past Carlos Rodríguez. Morelia appeared to be heading for another defeat but Carlos Morales’ inch-perfect free kick created the catalyst and Martín Alaníz’s late penalty ensured a share of the points.

Pachuca  2 – 0  Chiapas

Finally, an Ariel Nahuelpán brace gave Pachuca a 2-0 win against Chiapas meaning Los Tuzos remain in the playoff spots at the expense of Los Jaguares. Argentine, Nahuelpán scored from close range early in the game and added a header after half time to earn his side all three points.

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