Veracruz claimed their first win after eight straight league losses with a 2-1 victory over Xolos de Tijuana at the Estadio Luis “Pirata” Fuente.
Agustin Vuletich put the hosts in front after only seven minutes when he tapped home a Julio Furch cross.
Dayro Moreno started to make a nuisance of himself, and he pulled Tijuana leveled in the 37th minute, turning in a Aviles Hurtado through ball. The goal lifted Dayro Moreno on top of the scorers table with 11 goals scored this season.
In the second half, Xolos de Tijuana made a bight start, but Veracruz appeared to grow into the game after the visitors’ initial dominance.
When it looked like the game was headed to a 1-1 stalemate, Michael Orozco deflected in a late Veracruz corner as the hosts escaped with an unlikely victory.
With the result, Tijuana missed the opportunity clinch first place heading into the Liguilla and will now await to see who they play in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Veracruz end the season in the penultimate position with 12 points from 17 matches.
Monterrey picked up a crucial win in their ambitions for a place in Liguilla by thrashing struggling Veracruz 4-0 at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer on Saturday.
After more than 40 scoreless minutes, the hosts took the lead when Carlos Sanchez had only Pedro Gallese to beat to score Monterrey’s first.
The Rayados added a second early into the second period after Celso Ortiz unleashed a one-time effort from outside the box.
Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors when Edwin Cardona made it 3-0. The Colombian international cut inside at the edge of the box before nestling in a right-footed shot into the back of the net.
Four minutes later, Rogelio Funes Mori latched on to a Dorlan Pabon through ball before firing in the final goal of the game.
The result temporarily leaves Monterrey one point away from eighth place with just one game to go in the regular season. Antonio “Turco” Mohamed’s side need a mixture of a results and a win against Monarcas Morelia on the final day of the regular season to have any chance of making the Liguilla.
Monterey will close out the season against Monarcas Morelia, while Veracruz will host the league leaders Xolos de Tijuana.
Pumas UNAM compounded Veracruz’s misery and earned their first away win of the season with a 4-1 win at the Estadio Luis “Pirata” Fuente on Friday.
Abraham Gonzalez put the visitors in front before the half-hour mark when he latched on to a low Fidel Martinez cross to beat Pedro Gallese for the 1-0.
Pumas looked headed for a straightforward win when a penalty was called for a tackle inside the box. Dario Veron stepped up but hit the woodwork from the ensuing spot kick
Julio Furch, then, brought the Tiburones Rojos back into the game by tapping home immediately after the restart.
Fidel Martinez restored Pumas’ lead three minutes later when he arrowed a shot past Gallese following a superb pass from Matias Britos.
Things then went from bad to worse for the hosts when Arturo Paganoni received his marching orders for a second yellow.
With Pumas perhaps sensing an opportunity to seal it, Luis Fuentes made it 3-1 with a first-time shot from just outside the penalty area from a Jose Van Rankin pass.
There was still time left for Pumas to score more, and Abraham grabbed his brace to put the final score at 4-1.
With two games left in the regular season, Pumas next will host Monarcas Morelia at the Estadio Universitario, while Veracruz will visit Monterrey.
Necaxa continued their impressive league run of nine straight games unbeaten with a 3-2 win over Veracruz on Saturday.
The Rayos were on top from the start and took the lead in the seventh minute when Edson Puch took advantage of a Veracruz howler to head home the breakthrough.
Fabien Espindola then doubled the lead after finding the net from a superb Manuel Iturra through-ball to put things at 2-0 just before the half-hour mark.
Veracruz only sparked into life in the second half when Leobardo Lopez claimed a rebound inside the box to fire behind Marcelo Barovero.
Moments later, Daniel “Keko” Villalva quiet down a nervous Estadio Victoria, equalizing with a left-footed strike following a corner.
But with only five minutes to go in the game, Claudio Riano pounced from a Jesus Isijara pass to give the Liga MX newcomers an emphatic win at home.
Next, Necaxa will look to keep their unlikely run going when they travel Michoacan to take on a struggling Monarcas Morelia. Meanwhile, Veracruz will look bounce back at home against Pumas UNAM.
Leon came from behind twice to beat Veracruz 3-2 at the Estadio Luis “Pirata” Fuente and keep in the chase for a place in the Liguilla.
Julio Furch had put the hosts in front with a clinical finish from a Juan Albin pass, but Luis Montes brought the visitors leveled ten minutes later after a superb run from Fernando Navarro.
At the restart, Veracruz needed just seven minutes to retake the lead. A penalty was called for a foul from Guillermo Burdisso inside the box. Tiburones Rojos’ captain Leobardo Lopez stepped up and converted to put things at 2-1.
Veracruz’s goal, however, was the start of a strong spell from Leon. In the 78th minute, Alexander Mejia received a Luis Montes free-kick and set up Diego Novaretti, who powered a header past Meliton Hernandez to equalize the score.
Leon might have taken the lead a few minutes later, but efforts from Andres Andrade and Fernando Navarro rattled the woodwork in a matter of seconds.
Leon would find their winner in the next play. Mauro Boselli met a Burdisso headed pass to give La Fiera their sixth straight game without a defeat.
Leon next return home to take on Monarcas Morelia, while Veracruz will travel to Aguascalientes to take on relegation rivals Necaxa.