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World Cup-bound Ecuadoreans, Colombians score in Mexico

(Reuters) - World Cup bound South Americans made their mark in the Mexican Clausura championship as Cruz Azul kept a firm grip on top place with a 4-0 rout of Veracruz. Goals from Ecuador's Joao Rojas and Colombia defender Luis Perea put the Blue Machine firmly in the driving seat in Saturday's match at the Estadio Azul in Mexico City. Argentine striker Mariano Pavone, unlikely to break into his country's star-studded World Cup attack, put them three up on the stroke of halftime.

Cruz Azul line up Mexico last-eight clash with Toluca

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Cruz Azul were held 2-2 at bottom of the table UNAM Pumas but it was enough to seal a Mexican Apertura championship playoff quarter-final with Toluca. The Blue Machine went two up at the Olimpico in Mexico City on Sunday with goals from Argentine striker Mariano Pavone after 49 minutes and Christian Gimenez three minutes later.

America beats Cruz Azul to snag 11th Mexican championship

Mexico City, May 27 (EFE).- America trailed Cruz Azul 2-0 on aggregate with minutes left in regulation in the second leg of the clubs' Liga MX final, but managed to knot the contest with two goals in four minutes, going on to win their 11th Mexican title on penalty kicks. Leading 1-0 after the first leg, Cruz Azul added to their advantage with a tally by Teofilo Gutierrez in the 20th minute, shortly after America's Jesus Molina was ejected. America, however, was undaunted before the 105,000 fans packed into Aztec stadium.

Tigres beat America to take Clausura 2013 lead

Mexico City, May 5 (EFE).- Tigres beat America on the latter's home turf 2-0 to regain the lead in Mexico's Clausura 2013 soccer tourney, which this weekend finished up its regular season and goes into the playoff phase where the top eight teams will vie for the title. Brazilian Danilinho scored in the 47th minute and Argentina's Lucas Lobos found the net in the 58th minute in Saturday's victory, giving Tigres the win, a total of 35 points and undisputed leadership in the tourney.

America, Tigres, Atlas lead Liga MX

Mexico City, Apr 29 (EFE).- America, Tigres and Atlas are clustered together atop the Liga MX 16 weeks into the Clausura season, while Queretaro - despite winning its weekend match - has been relegated. America won 4-2 on the road against Pachuca thanks to a hat trick by Christian Benitez, Tigres lost 1-0 to Monterrey and Atlas battled to a 1-1 draw with Puebla. The weekend's results left the three top clubs with 32 points each, though America has an advantage on goal differential.

Pumas move up to 5th as Tigres extend unbeaten streak to 13

Mexico City, Apr 8 (EFE).- The UNAM Pumas moved up to fifth place in the Liga MX with a 2-1 road win over Pachuca, while league-leading Tigres played to a scoreless tie with Leon to remain unbeaten 13 weeks into the season. Pumas and Pachuca each have 20 points, but the UNAM squad has the better goal differential. Tigres, with 29 points, are only a win or a tie away from matching the Liga MX record of 14 consecutive matches without a loss, set by Chivas in 2001. Second-place Atlas tied Morelia 0-0 and No. 4 Santos Laguna's duel with Tijuana also ended with no goals.

Cruz Azul needs playoff berth to salvage season, Gimenez says

Mexico City, Apr 2 (EFE).- Cruz Azul midfielder Christian Gimenez said his team must do more than beat America in this week's Copa MX semifinal if it wants to salvage what has been a disappointing Clausura season. Currently 13th overall in Liga MX, Cruz Azul is three points out of a playoff spot.

Atlas beats Cruz Azul, takes first place in Mexican soccer

Mexico City, Mar 31 (EFE).- Atlas beat Cruz Azul 2-1 to become the new leaders in the Clausura 2013 Mexican soccer tourney at the beginning of the 12th week of the championship. Luis Ramos scored in the 39th minute of Saturday's match and Vicente Matias Vuosso added a goal in the 55th minute for the visitors, while Israel Castro found the net for the home squad, who remain out of the qualifying zone, in the 51st minute. The first period was rather lackluster except for the fact that Ramos managed to knock a header in.

Cruz Azul, America to face off in Copa Mx semis

Mexico City, Mar 13 (EFE).- Cruz Azul beat Jaguares de Chiapas 1-0 to set up a Copa Mx semifinal clash with America, which advanced after topping second division club Estudiantes in a penalty shootout. The Jaguares were not intimidated by the atmosphere at Mexico City's Estadio Azul and they generated a number of chances even as their defense stymied the home side. Cruz Azul picked up the pace in the second half and had an opportunity to score in the 60th minute, but Colombian striker Teofilo Gutierrez's shot went astray.

Atlas, Atlante and Chiapas book spots in Copa MX quarterfinals

Mexico City, Mar 7 (EFE).- Atlas, currently in second place in Mexico's Liga MX Clausura, booked a place in the quarterfinals of the Copa MX tournament with a 3-1 win over Cruz Azul in its sixth and final match of the group phase, while Atlante and Jaguares de Chiapas also qualified for the knockout stage with victories. Pachuca, Puebla and Cruz Azul, meanwhile, advanced Wednesday to the last eight despite losses in their final-round matches.
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