MEXICO CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Guadalajara seriously
compromised their chances of reaching the Mexican championship
knockout phase when they were held 0-0 by America in the
"clasico" between the country's two biggest teams on Sunday.
The result left the Chivas in fourth place in Group One
with four matches to go. Monterrey lead the group with 29
points followed by Santos Laguna with 22, Tigres UANL on 19 and
Guadalajara with 16.
The top two teams in each of the three groups plus the next
two best-placed teams qualify for the knockout rounds.
America lost less ground with the draw at the Azteca in
Mexico City. They are third in Group Two on 18 points, four
adrift of leaders San Luis and two behind Toluca.
America's 18 points puts them level with Pumas UNAM, third
in Group Three - at present the two best-placed teams outside
the two top in each group.
Guadalajara and America both played to win knowing the
three points were crucial but suffered from bad luck and poor
Cruz Azul lead Group Three with 29 points after their 1-1
draw at Morelia. They are 10 points ahead of second-placed
Title holders Toluca came from a goal down to beat Puebla
2-1 with goals from Brazilian-born former Mexico midfielder
Sinha and Chile's Hector Mancilla after Argentine Gabriel
Pereyra had put the visitors ahead.
"If we don't do our job it's going to be tough (to
qualify), we mustn't hope for others' mistakes. We have to
force our own circumstances to get into the knockout phase,"
said Toluca coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, who will take charge
of the Mexico team after this championship.
Spurs miss out on Champions League again despite highest Premier League points tally
Champions closer to matching Real Madrid's La Liga record of 100 points with 2-1 win
AC Milan score twice in last six minutes to beat relegated Siena 2-1 to finish third
Carlo Ancelotti informs PSG officials that he wants to leave at the end of the season
Ten years on, the legends speak to FFT
Your questions answered by an A to Z of legends
He's here, he's there, he's...
The cost of Premier League away travel
Nike CR7 IX for you
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010