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The conclusion of Week 13 means the race for the eight Liguilla spots is entering the final furlong. It’s starting to look like Pumas UNAM will be the first side to book their place.
Pumas win to move within touching distance of the Liguilla to move
10/19/2015
 
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By Dan Price


The conclusion of Week 13 means the race for the eight Liguilla spots is entering the final furlong. It’s starting to look like Pumas UNAM will be the first side to book their place.


Club Leon 1-3 Pumas UNAM

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Ahead of the weekend these two sides occupied the top two places in the league, and both sets of players knew a win would put them within touching distance of the Liguilla.


Pumas were the victors, turning in an impressive attacking performance as Leon’s weak defence crumbled yet again. The hosts have now conceded three or more times on five occasions this season and they have the worst defence in the league by some distance.


Ismael Sosa got Pumas rolling in just the fourth minute. Fidel Martinez doubled the lead after the break before getting sent off ten minutes later, and Javier Cortes wrapped up the win in the 86th minute. Carlos Pena added a late consolation goal for Leon.


Leon will probably still make the post-season, but this loss will have shaken their confidence. Pumas need three points to guarantee their place.

Chivas 1-1 Puebla

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Chivas and Puebla are in a curious situation; both are fighting for a place in the post-season, but both are also battling relegation.


The two goals in the 1-1 draw came in the first half, with Marco Fabian firing Chivas ahead after half an hour and Carlos Gutierrez grabbing the equaliser on the stroke of half time.


Puebla will have been more than happy to avoid defeat at the Estadio Omnilife, with the results elsewhere leaving them in sixth place on 20 points, three points clear of a Monterrey, Chiapas, Chivas, Morelia, and Atlas, all of whom have 17 points.


Chivas’ campaign for a Liguilla berth is set to go down to the wire. Next weekend they play bitter rivals Atlas at the Estadio Jalisco, before closing out their Apertura with matches against Pachuca (H), Dorados (A), and Santos Laguna (H).

Toluca 4-2 Queretaro

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The highest-scoring match of the weekend saw Toluca thrash last season’s finalists Queretaro.


Toluca haven’t lost since a 3-1 defeat to Leon in Week 7, taking 14 points from a possible 18 since. They have now moved up to second place in the standings, and it would come as no surprise if they eventually end up as the season’s Superlider.


Queretaro have fallen to 13th with 15 points. Their post-season ambitions aren’t over, but their results appear to be too inconsistent for them to make a late push into contention.


They face a tough final four games, playing America (A), Monterrey (H), Pumas (A), and Puebla (H). All four of those sides are ahead of them in the league, and all four still have something to play for. 

 
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