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The quarter-finals of the Liga MX Liguilla were completed over the weekend, as America, Tigres UANL, Pumas UNAM, and Toluca all progressed.
Liga MX Liguilla: Toluca and Pumas scrape through
11/30/2015
 
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By Dan Price


The quarter-finals of the Liga MX Liguilla were completed over the weekend, as America, Tigres UANL, Pumas UNAM, and Toluca all progressed.


On paper, they are the four best sides in the league this season, and we should be in for two classic ties later this week.


Here’s a look back at the second leg of the quarters:


Leon 2 (3) – (5) 1 America

Leon huffed and puffed for long periods on Saturday afternoon, but couldn’t find a way to score three times past America’s resolute defence.


In truth, they had plenty of chances, with returning Argentine striker Mauro Boselli missing easy opportunities on more than one occasion – but when a Dario Benedetto golazo cancelled out Hector Burbano’s first half opener with just 12 minutes remaining, the chances of a stunning comeback disappeared.

Chiapas 0 (1) – (3) 1 Tigres UANL

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Tuca Ferretti’s Tigres side turned in a thoroughly professional performance in Saturday’s second game, restricting Chiapas to just one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes.


Once again French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac stole the show, with his 21st minute long-range bullet effectively settling the tie. He’s now scored five goals in three games against Chiapas this season, and Los Jaguares will be sick of the sight of him.


He could have had a second ten minutes later when he smashed Hugo Ayala’s pass onto the bar, but in the end he and Tigres settled for the single goal and easily saw the game out.

Pumas 1 (1) – (1) 0 Veracruz

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Pumas were made to work hard by Veracruz across both games, only eventually progressing thanks to their higher position in the regular season’s table.


Like the first leg, the only goal came early in the first half, with Fidel Martinez slotting home Ismael Sosa's cross.


The slender advantage made for a nervy final 15 minutes, with Veracruz livid after a penalty appeal was turned down. Replays showed they were harshly denied.


Pumas will now face America in the semi-finals in a Mexico City derby.

Toluca 1 (3) – (2) 0 Puebla

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Puebla’s first foray into the post-season in six years ultimately ended in disappointment, but they gave a good account of themselves and were unlucky not to be well ahead of Toluca by the time Fernando Uribe slotted in the decisive goal with just 7 minutes left to play.


A Puebla win was always unlikely after conceding two away goals and given Toluca had the tie-break advantage, but they can take great heart from their performance ahead of their battle to stay in the Liga MX in the upcoming Clausura.


Toluca will face Tigres UANL in the second semi-final.

 
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