WOODY BAUM - Monday, November 22, 2010
It was a difficult weekend for Americans in the liguilla as both San Luis and Pachuca were eliminated from playoff competition.
Monterrey 3 – 3 Pachuca
Pachuca's playoff run has come to an end after a thrilling quarterfinal game on Sunday.
Despite tying the game, and being tied in the global aggregate score, Monterrey advanced as they were the higher seed.
Jose Francisco Torres started in the midfield alongside newcomer Francisco Faustino.
Monterrey was able to take advantage of the home field and quickly took the lead in the 19th minute off a goal from the Chilean Humberto Suazo, who is back from international duty.
Suazo scored after receiving a center from Walter Ayoví, taking the ball and coolly placing it into the left corner.
Pachuca wasted no time in coming back when Franco Arizala connected on a cross from Daniel Manso to even the score in the 25th minute.
Monterrey quickly returned with Aldo de Negris tapping in a center that Walter Ayovi delivered in the 35th minute.
In the 56th minute, Monterrey struck again after Neri Cardoza and Suazo had an attractive give and go from the area that Cardoza was able to finish.
Down by two, and needing three goals to advance, Herculez Gomez entered the game to provide some additional firepower.
Despite several opportunities, Pachuca wasn't able to convert until the 82nd minute when Franco Faustino headed in a corner kick from Luis Montes.
Pachuca continued to attack, scoring again in the 89th minute off an assist from Gomez, who caught Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco off his line and passed to Faustino who headed the ball in.
Pachuca was almost able to secure the needed fourth goal in stoppage time when Pachuca keeper Miguel Calero, as well as the entire Pachuca team, entered the area looking for a miracle.
In the 91st minute, the ball fell to Calero's feet in the area, who was able to get a shot off only to see it blocked by Orozco.
It was an incredible game with both teams fighting until the very end. In the end, Monterrey were able to exact revenge on the team that eliminated them last year.
Monterrey will now advance to the semifinals to play against Pumas.
America 4 – 1 San Luis
Edgar Castillo and San Luis' playoff run came to an end thanks to a thrashing at the hands of their brother club, América.
Castillo returned to the starting lineup again playing the entire first half.
America wasted no time in scoring their first goal with Vincente Sanchez finishing a center from Kevin Rojas in the 14th minute.
America scored again off an own-goal in the 23rd minute, in which San Luis defender Anibal Matellan accidently knocked in a center from Angel Reyna.
The hosts finished the half with one more goal to go up by three, after Enrique Esqueda scored on a free kick in the 45th minute.
San Luis started the second half with Tressor Moreno in place of Castillo, and started the half strong with a goal in the 52nd minute from Diego de la Torre whose shot from the right side at a difficult angle entered the goal right along the goal post.
However, America again increased their lead to three off a goal from Matias Vuoso who converted a rebound in the area in the 81st minute.
With the victory, America advances to the semifinals after defeating San Luis with a global aggregate score of four to one. America will next take on Santos in the semifinals.