Cruz Azul qualify in Mexico, Tigres win at last
MEXICO CITY, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Cruz Azul qualified for the Mexican championship quarter-finals when they drew 1-1 with Toluca on Sunday.
Cruz Azul guaranteed a top-two finish in Group One after Argentina striker Cesar Delgado fired home following a series of rebounds in the 65th minute.
The Red Devils had gone ahead through Erick Espinoza one minute after the break.
Cruz Azul, who lead Group One with 27 points, are the only team to have made sure of their place with one round of matches to play in the qualifying stage.
The 18 teams are divided into three groups of six with the top two in each qualifying directly for the knockout stages.
The best four teams out of the remainder, regardless of group, play off for two more places.
Toluca (27 points) lead Group Three, one point ahead of Mexico City pair America, who drew 0-0 at Atlante, and UNAM, who won 1-0 at San Luis.
UANL, along with Santos Laguna and UAG, are one of only three teams out of the running despite beating Queretaro 3-2 to end a 12-match winless run.
All five goals came in the second half; Luis Saritama, Sydney Balderes and Sebastian Gonzalez scoring for the Tigres with Marcos Antonio Garcia and Mauro Gerk replying for the White Roosters.
Guadalajara, Mexico's most popular club, saw their chances take a knock when they lost 3-2 at Veracruz after leading 2-0 with a man extra.
Veracruz had Miguel Acosta sent off in the third mintue for a wild tackle on Gonzalo Pineda and Guadalajara went 2-0 ahead in half an hour through Alberto Medina and Hector Lopez.
The Red Sharks hit back to lead 3-2 by the 62nd minute with two goals from Hector Mancilla and one from Alonso Sandoval.
Guadalajara, third in Group One with 23 points, then had Omar Esparza and Reynoso sent off in the last 10 minutes.
Veracruz (23 points) are third in Group Two.
Defending champions Pachuca (25) drew 1-1 at Santos to stay of Group Two, one point ahead of Monterrey (24) who drew 1-1 at Chiapas.