Tigres finish third with 2-1 defeat to Queretaro


Goals from Yerson Candelo and Camilo Sanvezzo gave Queretaro a 2-1 win at Tigres on Saturday.

Tigres, who went into the game needing a big win to have any chance of finishing first place ahead of the Liguilla, looked for the early breakthrough Luis Quinones and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

But it was the visitors who went in front at the stroke of halftime from a stunning long-distance chip from Yerson Candelo.

The Gallos Blancos were seemingly content to soak up any pressure and try and catch Tigres on the break. In the 79th minute, they did exactly that when Camilo Sanvezzo latched on to a Neri Cardozo through ball to double Queretaro’s lead.

Tigres threatened to mount a comeback and pulled a goal back in the 85th minute through substitute Andy Delort, but at the final whistle, Queretaro held on to end their season in winning fashion.

With the result, Tigres finish third in the league table and will wait until Sunday to see who they will play in the Liguilla quarterfinals.


Gerardo Flores hits late winner as Toluca beat Queretaro 3-2


Toluca were made sweat, but the Diablos Rojos left it late to beat Queretaro 3-2 at the Estadio La Corregidora to move one step closer to clinching a place in the Liguilla.

Queretaro, who defeated Chivas during the midweek to win the Copa MX Apertura 2016 title, went down early after Fernando Uribe gave the visitors a deserved lead when he latched on to a Pablo Barrientos through ball to chip Tiago Volpi for the 1-0.

Uribe then grabbed his second at the stroke of halftime, heading in a Gerardo Flores cross.

But the second half was much different, and Camilo Sanvezzo pulled a goal back early into the second period when he finished behind Alfredo Talavera for Queretaro’s first.

Sanvezzo would score a second, with four minutes to go in the game, when he took advantage of a Talavera howler to level things at two goals.

There would be time for a winner, and just moments later, Gerardo Flores appeared unmarked to head home an emphatic winner for Toluca and eliminate Queretaro from Liguilla contention.

Next, Toluca will look to finish the job against a struggling Santos Laguna side, while Queretaro will visit Tigres.


Tijuana give Toluca first home defeat with 1-0 win at “Chivo” Cordoba


Xolos de Tijuana inflicted Toluca their first home defeat of the season with a 1-0 win at the Estadio Universitario Alberto “Chivo” Córdoba on Sunday.

Tijuana started the match sitting second in the league table and already qualified to the Liguilla. Toluca, on the other hand, needed a win to move sixth in the league table.

Two minutes in, Milton Caraglio came close with a header and moments later Dayro Moreno forced a save from Alfredo Talavera.

After a scoreless first half, Toluca came closest when “Pitu” Barrientos struck the post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

In the 72nd minute, an error from Toluca led to a Milton Caraglio low cross for Gabriel Hauche, who fired in with just Talavera to beat to give Xolos the breakthrough.

Tijuana nearly double the lead in the closing stages of the game when Talavera was forced to a brilliant save from an Ignacio Malcorra chip.

With Xolos looking likely to emerge as winners, Toluca defender Oscar Rojas was given his marching orders. At the final whistle, Tijuana had no problem holding on to earn all three points in Toluca.

The win was enough to move Tijuana back to the top of the league table, and next they host their final regular season game when they take on Tigres at the Estadio Caliente. Meanwhile, Toluca will look to bounce back against Queretaro.


Queretaro beat Chiapas with last-minute Edgar Benitez winner


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.


Late penalty saves Queretaro as they snatch a 1-1 with Santos Laguna


Queretaro and Santos Laguna shared the points at the Estadio La Corregidora as Camilo Sanvezzo’s late penalty cancelled out Martin Bravo’s diving header.

The opening goal for the visitors came on the half-hour mark. Gerardo Arteaga’s low cross from the left hand side was met by the diving header of Martin Bravo, who found the back of the net at the near post.

Mauricio Cuero missed a wonderful chance for Santos Laguna to double their lead in the second half. Bryan Rabello broke down the left hand side and found Martin Bravo in the penalty area, who squared it to Cuero at the back post but he fired his effort wide of the target.

Santos Laguna would rue the missed chances on the break as Queretaro were awarded a penalty with just minutes left to play as Fredy Hinestroza brought down former Santos Laguna forward Andres Renteria inside the area. Camilo Sanvezzo stepped up and smashed it in to level the score going into stoppage time.

The away side had a great chance to snatch all the points straight from the kick-off but were denied by Queretaro’s goalkeeper Tiago Volpi, who pulled out a crucial double-save to ensure the hosts took a point from the game.