Puebla fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Toluca in their Liguilla quarterfinal first leg.
Omar Arellano and Fernando Uribe had given Toluca the lead, but a promising second half inspired Puebla to draw level three minutes from time.
Toluca took the advantage in the 15th minute when Omar Arellano fired beyond Puebla goalkeeper Cristian Campestrini from a rebound to put them 1-0 ahead.
Fernando Uribe appeared to put the Diablos Rojos in control, with a header from a Carlos Esquivel cross at the stroke of halftime.
In the second half, had it not been for Cristian Campestrini’s heroics, there is every chance Toluca would have secured the victory.
Instead, in the 51st minute, Luis Gabriel Rey found space on a cross from the right wing to head the ball past Alfredo Talavera to pull a goal back for the hosts.
With three minutes to go in the game, after several failed clearances, Puebla found the equalizer they deserved as Robert Herrera sent his shot into the back of the net to ignite the remodeled Estadio Cuauhtemoc into a frenzy.
Both teams showed attacking intent in the closing stages of the match, but at the final whistle, they settled for a 2-2 draw ahead of Sunday’s second leg.
Despite the result, Toluca still hold a small advantage after grabbing two vital away goals heading into the Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Toluca clinched a spot in next year’s Copa Libertadores with a 3-1 win over Monterrey at the Estadio Nemesio Diez on Sunday.
Failure to earn points from this game meant Toluca would have missed the chance to go second in the table and a place in South America’s most prestigious club competition.
But after several goals were wrongly disallowed by referee Fernando Guerrero, Enrique Triverio grabbed the breakthrough to put the hosts in front in the 73rd minute.
Jose Basanta then scored a simple conversion when Rogelio Funes Mori’s reception fell into his path to draw Rayados leveled on 81 minutes.
Enrique Triverio impressed again as he converted a second only moments later to regain Toluca the lead.
In added time, Fernando Uribe sealed Toluca’s victory by scoring third and guaranteeing the Diablos Rojos Copa Libertadores futbol in 2016.
The result takes Toluca to second in the table and sets up a quarterfinal clash with Puebla in the Liga MX Liguilla.
Toluca became the second Liga MX team officially qualified to the Liguilla after defeating Cruz Azul 2-1 at the Estadio Azul on Saturday.
Jose Saturnino Cardozo’s side were without a win in their last two games, but two first half goals were enough to propel the Diablos Rojos to a spot in the playoffs.
Enrique Triverio opened the scoring in the 16th minute after the former Union Santa Fe striker found the back of the net from a stunning shot near the halfway line.
The lead was doubled five minutes before the break when Antonio Rios found room to fire across Guillermo Allison’s left corner.
With three minutes to go in the game, Jorge Benitez pulled one back for the hosts, but it was too little too late as Cruz Azul fell for the seventh time in the Apertura and failed to reach the Liguilla for a third consecutive season.
The result also meant Toluca joined Pumas UNAM as the first teams qualified to the Liguilla.
Club America moved into second place of the Liga MX with an emphatic 3-2 away win over Toluca on Sunday.
Toluca were on the front foot from the start, but las Aguilas took the lead as Darwin Quintero scored his third goal of the season.
Things got worse for the Diablos Rojos just before the half when Osvaldo Martinez doubled the advantage from distance.
Jose Saturnino Cardozo responded by making all his changes before the half-hour mark, with Lucas Lobos and Christian Perez coming on for the Diablos Rojos.
The tweaks gave the hosts something to work with and they mustered a response in the 72nd minute when Enrique Triverio pulled one back for Toluca.
With Cardozo’s side in the ascendancy, Club America had the need to replace injured goalkeeper Moises Munoz for Hugo Gonzalez.
Moments later, Triverio struck again from a Lucas Lobos cross to equalize the score.
But Club America replied almost immediately and substitute Dario Benedetto clawed las Aguilas back into the lead.
Lucas Lobos then was dismissed with 10 minutes to go in the game after collecting a red card for los Diablos Rojos.
There was no lack of emotions at the Estadio Nemesio Diez as Paolo Goltz conceded penalty in favor of Toluca in the closing stages of the game.
Fernando Uribe stepped up, but the Colombian was denied by the arms of substitute goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez to help America to a memorable win.
The result was enough to lift Club America to second in the league table with two games to play in the Apertura.
Meawnhile, Toluca suffered their second straight defeat and took a big hit in their Copa Libertadores aspirations.
Chivas reached the Copa MX final for the second straight season after beating Toluca 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Matias Almeyda’s side needed a 33rd minute volley from captain Omar Bravo to earn a close 1-0 victory against Jose Saturnino’s men.
Meanwhile, despite a great performance from Atlas goalkeeper Miguel Pinto, Leon edged their way to the final with a 1-0 win against the Rojinegros.
Mauro Boselli scored the only goal of the match early in the second half as La Fiera took down former manager Gustavo Matosas and Atlas.
Leon and Chivas will meet next Wednesday at the Estadio Nou Camp for a chance at the grand prize.