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Pumas defeats León and dreams of going to the playoffs in Mexico

Pumas defeats León and dreams of going to the playoffs in Mexico

After losing to America earlier this month, Argentine coach Andrés Lillini said that, to qualify for the league in the Mexican Apertura tournament, his Pumas should be almost perfect. So far they are going that way.

Marco García came in from the bench to score in the final minutes and Pumas won a valuable 2-1 victory over León, thus maintaining his chances of accessing the play-off.

Argentine striker Juan Dinenno put the visitors ahead in the 43rd minute, but Chilean Víctor Dávila leveled at 60 and García, who entered the field at 74, scored the winning goal at 87.

“We got three points that keep us mathematically with the option of entering the league, we capitalized on a great game against one of the best-playing teams in the country,” said Lillini. “It was a victory that required a lot of effort and a lot of temperament, we rounded up an important victory for the kind of team we had in front of us.”

With the result, the university students achieved their second consecutive victory to reach 14 points, to place only two of 12th place, which is the last with a passage to reclassification.

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Pumas snapped an eight-game streak without defeating La Fiera. The last time he had beaten the Leonese team was dated September 1, 2018.

“We must maintain this regularity as a visitor, I am not talking about the game because we had already played good games where the ball did not enter. We have to keep the goal of winning at home on Sunday, we have taken an important step but not the final one ”, added the strategist.

León, who has lost three of his last five games, remains with 19 points, in seventh position with two games remaining on the 14th date.

“It’s one of the easiest games to explain,” Argentine coach Ariel Holan said. «We had field and ball and six clear goal situations. Pumas had two goals and got them. If you don’t put it in, you can’t win, they took advantage ”.

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Pumas and León still have games pending against Santos and Cruz Azul, respectively.


With goals from Colombian Luis Quiñones and Uruguayan Nicolás López in a span of three minutes in the first half, Tigres headed for a 3-0 win over Pachuca and entered the direct league zone.

Quiñones first shook the nets at nine minutes and the “Diente” López led the match at 12 for the university students, who extended their streak of games without defeats to five.

Juan Pablo Vigón added a goal to the 49 for Tigres, who has 22 points with which he displaced Toluca from third position with three dates remaining on the regular schedule.

The Tuzos, who had four games without losing, remain with 13 units, in 13th place.


Chivas got a 0-0 draw in their visit to bottom-side Tijuana and remains within the play-off zone.

Guadalajara, which had just achieved its first win with its coach Marcelo Michel Leaño, now has 18 points and moved into eighth position.

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The Xolos tied for the sixth time in the championship and add nine points, which keep them in last place, although mathematically they are not eliminated from the repechage.


With a goal from Alejandro Zendejas, Necaxa drew 1-1 against a Toluca who extended their streak of games without winning to five.

Zendejas put the Rayos in front at 52, but Colombian Oscar Vanegas decreed equality at 56 for the Red Devils, who played with 10 men from 37 due to the expulsion of Haret Ortega.

With the result, Necaxa accumulates 14 points and remains in 16th position with little chance of going to the repechage.

Toluca, who shared the lead with America five rounds ago, has rescued only two out of 15 possible points since then and now has 22 units, with which he slipped to fourth position. (AP)

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