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Cruz Azul reaches playoffs with win over America

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cruz Azul became the first team to qualify for the playoffs in Mexico's first division with a 2-1 victory over Mexico City rivals America.

Toluca remains in second and on the brink of reaching the playoffs despite a 3-1 loss to Tijuana, while Pumas moved into third position with a 2-1 win against Chiapas.

In other results this weekend, Santos Laguna drew 2-2 with Monterrey, Chivas defeated Pachuca 3-1, Atlas drew 0-0 with Puebla, Tigres won 2-0 against Atlante, Leon drew 1-1 with Queretaro and Morelia drew 1-1 with Veracruz.

Argentine Mauro Formica was left free in the penalty area and put Cruz Azul into the lead with a header in the 18th minute on Saturday.

Julio Cesar Dominguez then deflected a Marco Fabian free kick into the net for the second goal two minutes before halftime.

Raul Jimenez pulled one back for America four minutes from the end.

Tijuana got second-half goals from Javier Guemez and Cristian Pellerano to defeat Toluca on Friday.

Jorge Sartiaguin had equalized for Toluca in the 39th after Dario Benedetto put Tijuana into the lead in the 28th.

Dante Lopez scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half for Pumas on Sunday, but they had to hold on for the win after Chiapas' Andres Hurtado pulled one back with an overhead kick in the 79th.

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