Pachuca, Santos Laguna, Toluca, Leon reach semis

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014
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Mexico City (AP) — Ecuador midfielder Enner Valencia scored a hat trick as Pachuca downed Pumas 4-2 on Sunday to advance to the semifinals in Mexico's first division Clausura playoffs.

Pachuca won the quarterfinals series 5-3 on aggregate and will next face Santos Laguna. Toluca plays Leon in the other semifinal.

Santos defeated America 3-1 on Saturday to advance on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw, while Leon drew 2-2 with Cruz Azul. Toluca defeated Tijuana 3-1 on Sunday, following a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

Valencia turned sharply past a defender and placed a left foot shot into the corner of the net for his first goal in the 12th minute and Efrain Velarde equalized four minutes later with a strike from 25 yards (meters).

Valencia tapped in for his second in the 25th, with Jose Carlos Van Rankin pulling Pumas back level in the 33rd.

Valencia's third goal came from a direct free-kick that he curled inside the post from outside the penalty area and Hugo Rodriguez extended the lead with a header in the 55th.