Leon confirm top-four seed in Liguilla with 1-0 win over relegated Dorados

Culiacán, Sinaloa, 7 de mayo de 2016. Freddy Martín y Aldo Rocha, durante el partido de la jornada 17 del torneo Clausura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre los Dorados de Sinaloa y los Esmeraldas del León, celebrado en el estadio Banorte. Foto: Imago7/Roberto Armenta

Culiacán, Sinaloa, 7 de mayo de 2016. Freddy Martín y Aldo Rocha, durante el partido de la jornada 17 del torneo Clausura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre los Dorados de Sinaloa y los Esmeraldas del León, celebrado en el estadio Banorte. Foto: Imago7/Roberto Armenta

Leon confirmed a top-four seed in the Liguilla as they earned a 1-0 win at the relegated Dorados on Saturday.

The team from Sinaloa impressed more than the visitors and only bad finishing prevented Dorados from taking a first-half lead.

But an Elias Hernandez goal 25 minutes into the second half was enough to secure Leon their ninth win of the season.

The result temporarily lifts Leon to third in the league table, but a Club America win on Sunday would sink La Fiera to fourth and set up a quarterfinal clash with Chivas.

Meanwhile, Dorados de Sinaloa played their final game in Liga MX, as the winner between FC Juarez and Necaxa in the Ascenso MX playoff will replace them in the 2016-2017 seasons.


Chivas seal place in Liguilla with 2-1 win over Dorados


Chivas secured their place in the Liga MX Liguilla with a 2-1 win over Dorados de Sinaloa on Sunday.

The hosts raced in front within 20 minutes, with Carlos Cisneros scoring a curling effort past Luis Michel.

Chivas goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota then kept out Wilson Morelo’s angled shot to to deny Dorados an immediate equalizer.

In the second half, Wilson Mathias gifted Chivas a penalty after a hold on Isaac Brizuela inside the box. Carlos Alberto “Gullit” Peña stepped up and converted to give Matias Almeyda’s side the 2-0 lead.

Dorados defender Severo Meza was next to be denied by Rodolfo Cota when he tried his luck from 25 yards out.

The visitors threatened to make a game of it in the final moments of the match when Milton Caraglio pulled Dorados within one, but Chivas held on to their third straight victory at home.

The result sees Chivas become the seventh team qualified to the Liguilla and will close out the season visiting Santos Laguna at the Estadio Corona.

Meanwhile, Dorados de Sinaloa were already relegated coming into this match and they will play their final game by hosting


Relegated Dorados beat Monarcas Morelia 1-0


Dorados de Sinaloa condemned Monarcas Morelia to their first defeat in five games with a 1-0 win at the Estadio Banorte on Saturday.

Dorados were relegated to Ascenso MX after they failed to win at Tigres last week, but Jose Guadalupe Cruz’s side were able to claim only their fourth victory of the season.

The only goal of the game was scored in the 78th minute when Daniel Arreola fired through Carlos Felipe Rodriguez.

Despite the result, Monarcas Morelia sit seventh in the league table and two points above ninth place Tigres in their battle for reaching the Liguilla.


Dorados de Sinaloa officially relegated after receiving 5-2 thumping from Tigres

Andre-Pierre Gignac and Jurgen Damm each notched a brace as Tigres relegated Dorados de Sinaloa with a 5-2 thumping at the Estadio Universitario on Saturday.

Dorados arrived to this game needing a win to have any glimmer of hope of evading relegation, but Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s side wasted little time to get on the score-sheet when Rafael Sobis tapped home from a Jesus Duenas cross.

The visitors offered an immediate response, though, and Wilson Morelo equalized after Yimmy Chara picked him out inside the box.

In the 8th minute, Andre-Pierre Gignac blasted a header beyond Luis Michel from inside the box after Rafael Sobis crossed the ball into this path to give the champions the lead.

Then, with 60 minutes still to play in the game, Severo Meza found himself the subject of a controversial red card. The Dorados defender seemed to have just grazed the opponent’s foot, but the referee deemed it necessary to give Meza his marching orders.

As halftime approached, Jurgen Damm found himself with an easy tap-in after a brilliant combination from Rafael Sobis and Israel Jimenez.

Ferretti’s team came out flying at the restart and Gignac added another inside the opening three minutes.

Jurgen Damm then grabbed his second goal of the game to hand Tigres a 5-1 lead, finishing a first-time effort after meeting an Israel Jimenez cross.

In the 66th minute, Jairo Gonzalez sneaked a free-kick past Nahuel Guzman, but the writing was on the wall for Dorados de Sinaloa as they were relegated with three games still to play in the season.

With the result, Tigres ended a run of five straight league games without a win and temporarily moved up to seventh in the league table.


Dorados strenghten slim survival hopes with 3-0 win over Cruz Azul


Milton Caraglio scored twice as Dorados de Sinaloa boosted their very slim chances of relegation survival with a dominant 3-0 win against Cruz Azul.

Dorados took the lead on 12 minutes after Wilson Morelo’s effort was deflected into the back of the net by Milton Caraglio.

The hosts then doubled their lead early in the second half when Wilson Morelo ran onto a Yimmy Chara through ball to score the 2-0.

It did not take much time for Cruz Azul to improve after conceding, and Joao Rojaas drew a penalty in the 73rd minute.

But from the resulting spot kick, Luis Michel denied Joffre Guerron to keep the lead at two.

Caraglio then rubbed salt in Cruz Azul’s wounds with a third Dorados goal in stoppage time to seal only their third victory of the season.

Despite the result, Dorados will need to win all four of their remaining games and hope Morelia lose all of theirs to have any chance at gaining relegation survival.

On the other hand, Cruz Azul suffered only their second defeat of the season but remain in a Liguilla spot, fifth in the league table.