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America battles San Luis to draw, Queretaro blanks Toluca

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Mexico City, Mar 17 (EFE).- America fought San Luis to a 1-1 draw on the weekend and kept its third-place spot in the 11th week of the Mexican Clausura soccer tourney, while Queretaro beat Toluca 1-0.

The results of the two matches left Queretaro and San Luis in a battle for their lives with each other, given that they are last and next-to-last, respectively, in the percentage table that determines who will be relegated to second division.

Mexico's Juan Carlos Medina scored for America in the 40th minute and things remained there until Argentina's Juan Cuevas finally managed to find the twine for San Luis in the 91st minute to salvage the tie.

Meanwhile, Queretaro chalked up the win thanks to an own-goal by Argentina's Diego Novaretti, a Toluca defenseman, in the 31st minute.

The 11th week of Clausura play began on Friday with a 1-1 tie between Chiapas and Morelia, with the latter getting on the board first on a goal by Joao Rojas and Chiapas answering back in the 44th minute on a penalty kick by Luis Rey.

Pachuca beat Puebla 2-1, and although the away team scored first in the 27th minute on a shot by Diego de Buen, Pachuca's Abraham Carreno tied it up in the 90th minute and then Angel Reyna Martinez hit pay dirt once again in the 93rd minute for the win. The match was noteworthy in that Pachuca dominated in terms of possession time - 65 percent to 35 percent - but couldn't seem to get on the board until the very end.

UANL Tigres, still in first place in the standings, only managed to tie Guadalajara 1-1 on goals by the latter's Miguel Sabah in the 36th minute and Tigres' Damian Alvarez in the 49th minute.

Tijuana and Monterrey played a very even game that finally ended up at 2-2. Tijuana's Fidel Martinez Tenorio headed one in in the 26th minute, followed by his teammate Duvier Riascos scoring an own-goal in the 34th minute to put Monterrey on the board. Then, Monterrey got on the board by its own efforts on a shot by Aldo De Nigris in the 32nd minute, but Riascos somewhat redeemed himself in the 87th minute by notching the tie.

Santos Laguna beat Atlas 2-1 with the losers scoring first on a penalty kick by Omar Bravo in the 64th minute. But then Santos' Rodolfo Salinas headed one in in the 79th minute and Carlos Darwin Quintero scored in the 89th minute for the win.

On Sunday, Pumas UNAM and Leon fought to a scoreless draw, and Atlante and Cruz Azul are scheduled to face off at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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