May 22, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Liguilla semifinals first leg roundup
#1 Monterrey 4, #4 America 2 (Monterrey advances, 4-3)
Regular season champions Monterrey advanced to the Liga MX Gran Final with a 4-2 win over Club America Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
The Rayados took the aggregate goals series 4-3, and will face second-seeded Pachuca for the Clausura championship.
Edwin Cardona's 87th-minute penalty kick, awarded for a handball on Miguel Samudio one minute after a red-card foul on defender Paolo Goltz left the Aguilas shorthanded, booked Monterrey's passage through to the finals. The Aguilas finished the match with nine men on the field after midfielder Osvaldo Martinez was sent off with a straight red card in the 89th minute.
Cardona opened the Rayados scoring with a long right-footer in the 27th minute, and the score remained 1-0 through the intermission. Rogelio Funes Mori, who had hit the post in the 12th minute, put Monterrey up 2-0 from close range in the 48th minute, before America's Michael Arroyo tightened things up with the first of his two goals, a free kick, in the 64th.
Carlos Sanchez restored Monterrey's two-goal advantage from the top of the penalty area in the 77th minute, four minutes before Arroyo completed his brace.
#2 Pachuca 2, #3 Leon 1 (Pachuca advances, 3-2)
Hirving Lozano scored in the third minute of stoppage time to push second-seeded Pachuca through to the Clausura championship with a 2-1 second leg win over Leon Sunday at Estadio Hidalgo.
The Tuzos won their semifinal 3-2 on aggregate.
Esmeraldas defender Diego Novaretti put Leon in an early hole by deflecting Jonathan Urretaviscaya's cross into his own net in the 22nd minute. Elias Hernandez leveled the score with a spectacular blast that hit both posts on its way into the net in the 60th minute.
Lozano delivered the win, and the series, with a solo breakaway into the box and one-on-one battle with netminder William Yarbrough.