Last-placed Chiapas ended the season with three points after a 1-0 win over Atlas at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
A 36th minute strike from Derley proved enough to give Jaguares a second league win and ease some of their relegation nerves.
The last few days, though, have been marred by accusations of the club failing pay their players’ salaries, with captain and Uruguay international Egidio Arevalo refusing to show up to the game as protest. The Mexican federation was forced to intervene and has threatened Chiapas with relegation if the trouble persists.
For Atlas, on the other hand, the defeat leaves them in the bottom of the table once again and without a chance at making the Liguilla.
Under manager Jose Guadalupe Cruz, the Guadalajara-based outfit experienced a bright start, but after going winless in their last four games of the regular season, their chances of making the Liguilla were reduced to zero by the end of week 16.
Santos Laguna defeated Chiapas 2-0 in their penultimate game of the Liga MX 2016 Apertura. Two early goals in the second-half by Walter Sandoval and Ulises Davila was enough for the home-side to pick up all three points.
Both sides created a number of chances in the first half but weren’t clinical enough to put them away. Chiapas’ best chance came following a good break down the right-hand side. A cross was put into a dangerous area but Nestor Araujo was on hand to slide in and clear the ball just wide of his goal.
Jonathan Rodriguez squandered a good chance for the opener for the hosts. The Uruguayan striker was through on goal and dragged his effort wide of the mark as Ulises Davila was in the box waiting for the square ball. Davila himself missed a great chance to take the lead in the opening stages of the game. Davila found space in the box before firing at goal but his low effort just missed the target.
The home-side took the lead just two minutes after the restart through a great volley from Walter Sandoval. Djaniny got in behind the defense down the right-hand side and crossed it to the edge of the box to the young Mexican midfielder, who controlled the ball on his chest and lashed home a volley through the legs of Juan Patino and into the bottom corner.
Santos Laguna doubled their lead just five minutes later through another good finish from outside the area. Diego De La Torre lost the ball in the midfield to Ulises Davila, who raced towards goal and curled a left-footed effort into the bottom corner out of the reach of Oscar Jimenez in the Chiapas goal.
Davila nearly grabbed his second and the hosts third of the game in the 67th minute with an effort from outside the area but the ball rolled inches wide of the post with Jimenez rooted to the spot.
Santos Laguna held on to the victory and picked up their third win of the season. The game had little meaning as both sides were unable to qualify for the Liguilla stages, with Chiapas sitting bottom of the table and the hosts remaining in 16th even after the win.
Club America denied Atlas the three points after substite Silvio Romero’s strike secure Las Aguilas a 1-1 draw and a place in the 2016 Apertura Liguilla.
The Rojinegros, who arrived to the match after to straight defeats, looked to be heading for a much-needed victory after Edson Rivera headed home a Jose Maduena cross.
But after an underwhelming first half, Club America experienced an improved second period. Taking advantage of space on the wing, Renato Ibarra came closest to grabbing an equalizer when he struck a right footed shot from outside the box.
In the 78th minute, Ricardo Antonio La Volpe removed youngster Edson Alvarez, replacing him with forward Silvio Romero.
And the former Chiapas man didn’t take long to make an impact. Just six minutes after coming on, Silvio Romero struck home a Renato Ibarra cross to give America the equalizer and the point that puts them through to the playoff round of Liga MX.
Next, after the international break, Club America will look to earn a top-four finish when they take on Pachuca in the last game of the regular season, while Atlas will look to end their campaign with a victory when they visit last-place Chiapas.
Queretaro inflicted Chiapas another home defeat to put further pressure on their relegation struggles with a last-minute strike from Edgar Benitez.
The hosts made a bright start, but Andres Renteria put the visitors in front in the 15th minute when he latched on to a Mario Osuna through ball for the first goal of the afternoon.
But Chiapas leveled at the stroke halftime when Derley headed home a Luis “Quick” Mendoza cross to put things at 1-1 at the break.
The second half proved to be anything but entertaining, but there would be one final moment of drama in the last minute of the game. Emanuel Villa pulled the ball across for Edgar Benitez to fire beyond Oscar Jimenez to give Queretaro all three points.
Next, the Gallos Blancos will look to keep their momentum going when they take on Chivas in the final of the Copa MX. Meanwhile, Chiapas will visit Santos Laguna in a battle at the bottom half of the table.
Michael Arroyo grabbed a quick-fire equalizer as Club America claimed a 1-1 draw against Queretaro at the Estadio Corregidora on Saturday.
Las Aguilas twice had early looks to grab the breakthrough but Queretaro goalkeeper Tiago Volpi asserted his authority on the match with a pair of good saves.
After a scorless first half, the hosts then broke the deadlock early in the second period when Camilo Sanvezzo picked up a fluffed Andres Renteria shot to fire Queretaro into the lead.
But Michael Arroyo turned home just seconds later with a superb strike to cancel out Sanvezzo’s opener.
The goal appeared to give both sides little emboldening. and at the final whistle, both sides settled for a 1-1 draw.
The result keeps coach Ricardo Antonio La Volpe unbeaten in front of Las Aguilas, and next, the former Mexico national team coach and his team take on Chivas in the semifinals of the Copa MX.
Meanwhile, Queretaro, who need to win out in their remaining three league games if they are to have any chance of making the Liguilla, host last-place Chiapas.