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Andre-Pierre Gignac heats up, Julio Furch fades: Liga MX playoffs hot list

Gignac has been a revelation since moving to Liga MX and his goals are pushing Tigres through the playoffs.

Only America, Toluca, Pumas and Tigres are left to battle it out for the 2015 Apertura title. But before moving on to the Liguilla semifinals, let's first take a look back at some of the best and worst individual performances from the quarterfinal matches.

Warming up

Andre-Pierre Gignac, FW, Tigres

Why he's here: Gignac continues to be the difference-maker for Tigres. The striker scored twice for Los Auriazules and was the attacking catalyst in both of the victories against Chiapas. With...

Five players to watch as Liguilla playoffs continue

Dario Benedetto's switch from scorer to provider has really helped America navigate the playoffs so far.

Now that the final four of the Liguilla -- Toluca, America, Tigres and Pumas -- has been settled, it's time to take a look at that quartet of teams and discern which of them has what it takes to raise a championship trophy. Since squads are composed of players, however, it's really about taking a closer look at which players have what it takes to lead their team to the next level.

Here are five who have the talent and skill to make a key difference for their clubs.

Dario Benedetto, FW, Club...

 By Tom Marshall

No surprises as strongest teams advance to Liga MX semifinals

Fernando Uribe netted late to hand Toluca a 1-0 victory against Puebla and secured the final place in the Apertura semis.
Fidel Martinez
Pumas have been the best team this Apertura.

You could make a good argument that the four teams still left to battle it out for the Liga MX Apertura are best in the league. The semifinals should provide a good advert for the Liga MX in a week in which it will be vying for attention with the MLS Cup final.

As games in the Liga MX come, there aren't many bigger than Pumas against Club America, while the double-header between the two Mexico City giants -- likely to be on Thursday in Estadio Azteca and then Sunday at Pumas -- is a series that...

 By Nayib Moran

Dario Benedetto strike helps Club America sink Leon in MX playoffs

Dario Benedetto
Dario Benedetto's 78th-minute strike sealed the 5-3 aggregate victory for America.

LEON, Guanajuato -- Dario Benedetto's grandiose finish sealed it off for Club America, where Las Aguilas lost 2-1 against Leon. The visitors may have suffered a loss, but they still advanced to the Liguilla semifinals after finishing with an aggregate score of 5-3.

The inclusion of Javier Guemez in the starting XI permitted America to close all of Leon's attacking spaces, frustrating Leon's Carlos "Gullit" Pena, Luis "Chapito" Montes and Elias Hernandez.

Here are three takeaways from Saturday night's...

 By Tom Marshall

Andre-Pierre Gignac, excellent defense key for Tigres' success

Andre-Pierre Gignac has been excellent in his first season for Tigres.

Tigres are the first Apertura 2015 semifinalist after overcoming Chiapas 1-0 on Saturday and 3-1 on aggregate over the two legs of the quarterfinal. Here are three quick takes on the match:

1. Gignac steps up with another golazo

Andre-Pierre Gignac is on fire. And Chiapas will be sick of the sight of him.

It was the French international who made the difference again Saturday, netting another golazo to take Tigres into the semis. That makes it five goals for the 29-year-old in three games against...

Pumas, Leon comeback attempts headline Liga MX Liguilla second legs

Pumas UNAM finished top of the league with 35 points over 17 games and enter the Liguilla as one of the teams to beat.

With the first leg of the Liga MX Liguilla quarterfinals in the books, let's check out five things to watch during the second and final legs of the first round of the Mexican postseason.

1. Chiapas building off the narrow loss

Despite the fact that Chiapas lost 2-1 against Tigres in the first leg in Monterrey, there is plenty for fans to be hopeful of in the second leg.

In Wednesday's first leg, Los Jaguares played very well defensively and were excellent with their counters in the away match....