The México City derby between Cruz Azul and Pumas had even more riding on it with both sides still hopeful of breaking into the eight playoff positions and after Saturday’s scoreline, that dream is now over for Cruz Azul. La Máquina were perhaps a little unlucky to fall behind to Javier Cortés’ opener after the ball looked as though it has gone out of play in the buildup but the match slipped further away after Mariano Pavone was shown a straight red card for a late challenge. With time running down, Eduardo Herrera wrapped up all three points and leave Pumas a point outside the small group of clubs vying for the final playoff spot.
Cruz Azul 0 – 2 Pumas
While most eyes are on the liguilla, there was a huge relegation battle in Veracruz as Leones Negros travelled to the Estadio Luis de la Fuente knowing that they needed to pick up points against their rivals if they are to extend their stay in Liga MX beyond a year. Fidel Martínez’s close range finish made amends for William Ferreira’s earlier penalty miss and although Leones still bottom of the descenso, the significance of the three points cannot be understated.
Veracruz 0 – 1 Leones Negros
Chiapas confirmed their place in the playoffs with a win away to Monterrey, who should also join them but still have some work to do next weekend to confirm that. Dorlan Pabon fired Los Rayados in front just before half time but Emiliano Armenteros’ back post volley pulled Los Jaguares level after the break. Both sides were reduced to 10 men late on and in stoppage time, Bruno Pires managed to find a way through the Monterrey defence after his initial free kick came back off the wall and he slotted the ball past Jonathan Orozco.
Monterrey 1 – 2 Chiapas
Bicampeones, León remain on course to qualify for the playoffs but could have made it all but safe had they managed to defeat struggling Puebla in the Camp Nou. Instead, La Fiera were perhaps fortunate to take just a point after Puebla missed a string of good openers and John Pajoy saw his last minute penalty saved. An away trip to Tijuana now becomes a lot more important for León, knowing that a win could well be needed to qualify for the playoffs.
León 0 – 0 Puebla
Strange time for Atlas fans, as they welcomes Tijuana to the Estadio Jalisco knowing that they are already confirmed in the playoffs. Perhaps this accounts for the below-par performance against Los Xolos, that on another day they could have quite easily been three or four down. Darío Benedetto’s long range strike which sneaked through the grasp of Federico Vilar did give Xolos the lead but their failure to put distance between themselves and their hosts was punished when Martín Barragán equalised with ten minutes remaining.
Atlas 1 – 1 Tijuana