Pachuca and Guadalajara on Saturday advance to the quarter-finals or league of the Mexican Guard1anes soccer tournament after being eliminated Santos Laguna and Necaxa, respectively, in the games that opened the playoff phase.
Pachuca beat 3-0 as the visitors to the “Warriors” from Santos with a goal from Víctor Guzmán, of Colombia Óscar Murillo and Roberto de la Rosa.
Guzmán scored the first goal in the 36th minute with a precise shot inside the area after a cross was sent Erick Aguirre from the left sector.
Murillo added to the lead in the 55th minute when he defined without a mark in the small area after the goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo He denied two shots from Argentine Ismael Sosa.
The visitors scored the third in the 85th minute with a powerful shot from De la Rosa inside the box after a wall game with the Chilean. Victor Davila.
“The lads we showed what Pachuca is like, he will be a tough opponent for anyone (in the quarter-finals). We will be a team that will fight whoever it is, we will be a very tough opponent, we will give our hearts on the pitch, “said Uruguay’s technical director. Paulo Pezzolano.
Meanwhile, Chivas de Guadalajara They beat Necaxa 1-0 with a goal from Jesús Ángulo, who was determined in the 54th minute with a left footed shot inside the area after avoiding the opponent.
The so-called “Holy Flock” can score an early goal, but a shot off Gilberto Sepulveda he hit the left post in the 42nd minute.
The other two keys to the playoffs will be decided on Sunday when current champions Monterrey play at home to Puebla, and Tiger to be rivals Toluca.
Victor Manuel Vucetich, the Rojiblanco team’s technical director, assured in a press conference that the toughest will still come and even if it wins, there will be no room for error in the next game.
Additionally, he congratulated four great Mexican footballers, all classified to the final phase, but assured that it is now their turn to convey to the public some of the greatest moments in history, according to the site. Chivas passion.
“The teams we follow today and which enter Liguilla have been the product of the good work that has been done by their respective directors and players. It is meritorious and we must congratulate all institutions for that part. However, I think it is now the most important part for everyone ”.
Teams that finish fifth to twelfth overall at the end of the 17 days of the regular season enter the playoffs to face one game, and the four winning clubs will move to the fifth to eighth places, depending on their position in the table. , to play in the quarter-finals.
The quarter-finals, an example in which the first four places of the general table progress straight at the end of the 17 days of the regular season, they qualify León, Pumas UNAM, América and Cruz Azul.
Two other repechage series will be played this Sunday. The first among Tiger from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and The Red Devils of Toluca, Mexico state.
The next match will take place in between Rayados from Monterrey, fifth in the final classification, against the ribbon Puebla, which will be held at the BBVA stadium in Nuevo León.
* With information from Reuters
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