Pachuca and Guadalajara on Saturday advanced to the quarterfinals or league of the Guard1anes Mexican soccer tournament after eliminating Santos Laguna and Necaxa, respectively, in the matches that opened the playoff phase.
Pachuca thrashed 3-0 as a visitor to Santos’ “Warriors” with goals from Víctor Guzmán, of the Colombian Óscar Murillo and Roberto de la Rosa.
Guzmán scored the first in the 36th minute with an accurate shot inside the area after a cross sent by Erick Aguirre from the left sector.
Murillo increased the lead in the 55th minute when he defined without a mark in the small area after the goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo He rejected two shots from Argentine Ismael Sosa.
The visiting team scored the third in the 85th minute with a powerful shot from De la Rosa inside the area after making a wall play with the Chilean Victor Davila.
“The players that we have showed what Pachuca is, he will be a tough opponent for whoever touches him (in the quarterfinals). We are going to be a team that is going to fight whoever it is, we are going to be a very tough rival, we are going to leave our hearts on the court, “said the Uruguayan technical director Paulo Pezzolano.
Meanwhile, Chivas de Guadalajara They beat Necaxa 1-0 with a goal from Jesús Ángulo, who defined in the 54th minute with a left-footed shot inside the area after eluding an opponent.
The so-called “Sacred Flock” could score earlier, but the shot from Gilberto Sepulveda he hit the left post in the 42nd minute.
The other two keys to the playoff will be defined on Sunday when the current champion Monterrey plays at home against Puebla, and Tigers be a rival of Toluca.
Victor Manuel Vucetich, technical director of the rojiblanco team, assured in a press conference that the most difficult is yet to come and despite the victory, there will be no room for mistakes in the following games.
In addition, he congratulated the four great Mexican soccer, all classified to the final phase, but assured that now they have to deliver to the public some of the greatest moments in history, according to the site Chivas Passion.
“The teams that we are participating in at the moment and that enter the Liguilla have been the product of a good job that their respective directors and players have done. It is meritorious and we must congratulate all the institutions, for that part. However, I think that now comes the most important part for everyone ”.
The teams that occupied from fifth to twelfth overall place at the end of the 17 days of the regular season entered the playoffs to face a single game, and the four winning clubs will relocate to places five through eight, depending on their position in the table , to play the quarterfinals.
To the quarterfinals, an instance to which the first four places of the general table advanced directly at the end of the 17 days of the regular season, they qualified León, Pumas UNAM, América and Cruz Azul.
The other two repechage series will be played this Sunday. The first among Tigers of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and the Red Devils of Toluca, Mexico state.
The next match will be between the Rayados from Monterrey, fifth in the final classification, against the band of Puebla, to be held at the BBVA stadium in Nuevo León.
* With information from Reuters