Toluca and Queretaro’s fading Liguilla hopes took a hit as both sides settled for a goalless draw at the Estadio Corregidora on Friday night.
The hosts were better in terms of possession and chances created but failed to make that pay against a Toluca side fresh off clinching their place in the knockout phase of the Copa Libertadores.
In a pedestrian first half, Angel Sepulveda came closest to breaking the deadlock 30 minutes in when his shot from inside the box came only inches off the outside of the post.
In the second half, Toluca struggled to find any attacking intent and were unfortunate to concede a penalty on 54 minutes when Jordan Silva pushed Edgar Benitez down inside the box. Sinha stepped up only to have his penalty kick bounce off the woodwork.
Jordan Silva then took advantage of a rare moment in attack and forced Tiago Volpi to a brilliant save from a header.
Unfortunately, neither team looked likely to score afterwards as both sides finished the game in a goalless stalemate.
With the result, both sides earned their 13th point of the season in as many games and sit in the bottom half of the table with four games to play in the regular season.
Next, Toluca will play hosts to Veracruz, while the Gallos Blancos will receive Club America at the Estadio Corregidora.
Toluca cemented their place in the knockout phase of the Copa Libertadores with a 2-1 victory over LDU Quito on Tuesday night.
The Diablos Rojos have won just once in their last 11 Liga MX games, but came into this game on top of group 6 and needing a victory to progress to the next round of the Copa Libertadores.
With both sides pressing for a breakthrough in the opening minutes of the game, it was the Ecuadorian side that took the lead when Edsun Puch’s strike beat Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera in the 18th minute.
But Toluca’s response was immediate as 18-year-old Ernesto Alexis Vega fired home the equalizer just moments later.
Enrique Triverio, who has proved to be a threat for the Diablos Rojos throughout the Copa Libertadores, took the lead for Toluca in the 63rd minute. A perfect set-piece led to Aaron Galindo spotting the forward alone inside the box to tap home the go-ahead goal.
Talavera was called into action in the 90th minute when he palmed away Jose Cevallos’ shot, but it was just one of three saves he had to make throughout the game as Toluca sealed their place in the round of 16 with the win.
The Diablos Rojos’ next Copa Libertadores match will be on April 12 when they host San Lorenzo and they close group stage activity by visiting Gremio on April 19.
Toluca and Santos Laguna played out a 0-0 draw at the Estadio Nemesio Diaz on Friday.
The best chance of the first half was for Toluca when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box for a handball. Carlos Esquivel stepped up and hit the crossbar with a curling effort.
Jose Javier Abella sent in a dangerous cross that was nearly met by Javier “Chuletita” Orozco but the Mexican striker was inches away from connecting with the ball.
Bryan Rabello tested Talavera once again minutes later but the effort was straight at the Toluca goalkeeper.
Diego De Buen forced a good save from Talavera minutes later. His low drive was destined for the bottom corner but the Mexican shot-stopper was quick to get down and parry the ball away from danger.
Towards the end of the game, both sides pressed for the winner, and Toluca’s best chance fell to Christian Cueva. The half-time substitute worked his way into the area thanks to poor defending from Santos Laguna but Agustin Marchesin was there to make the save and keep the score level.
Djaniny had a late chance for the away side to snatch all the points when the dribbled into the area but Talavera was once again out to clear the danger.
Santos Laguna’s Jorge Villafana nearly found the back of his own net in stoppage time when he failed to control a cross from the left hand side and the ball bounced of his right foot and back of the post.
The game ended goalless with both sides failing to put away their chances. The result leaves Toluca out of the Liguilla places and moves Santos Laguna onto 18 points in 6th place.
Xolos de Tijuana remain winless at the Estadio Caliente this season after finishing scoreless with Toluca in action of matchday 11 of Liga MX.
Despite their dismal league form, the Diablos Rojos came closest to opening scoreline.
Enrique Triverio was Toluca’s main threat, having a couple chances to score on Xolos goalkeeper Federico Vilar, who had to make a total of six saves on the night.
The match, though, grew more evenly matched as the game wore and neither team could find a way through.
The 0-0 draw keeps Xolos de Tijuana 8th in the standings but are on a run of six consecutive league games at the Estadio Caliente without a win.
Meanwhile, Toluca stay 11th in the table, five points away from a playoff spot.
Two goals from Enrique Triverio secured a 3-0 win for Toluca against Liga MX’s bottom side Dorados de Sinaloa.
Dorados need a miracle to save them from relegation as they sit last in the relegation table, and it took just 26 minutes for Toluca to reflect their dominance on the scoreline when Enrique Tiverio hit a volley past Luis Michel from a Carlos Gerardo Rodriguez cross.
In the second half, Dorados fate was seemingly sealed on 63 minutes when Nestor Vidrio received a straight red for a headbutt, and moments later, Triverio doubled Toluca’s lead after calmly chipping Michel.
Three minutes later, Toluca added to Dorados’ misery when Fernando Uribe’s pass found Christian Cueva, who slotted home.
The result lifts Toluca five places and five points from a playoff spot with 10 games played in the Clausura, while Dorados de Sinaloa suffered their eight defeat of the season.