MEXICO CITY - Mexico City giants
America returned to Guadalajara for the second Sunday in a
row but this time came away with the points after a 3-1 win over
Estudiantes UAG kept their Mexican title play-off chances alive.
America had lost 3-0 to arch-rivals Guadalajara, the Chivas,
last weekend but two goals from Angel Reyna helped them to a
potentially crucial win over the Tecos, the western city's
university team, to retain second place in Group Two.
Atlante lead the group with 23 points after Saturday's 1-1
draw with relegated Necaxa. America have 22 with Toluca and
Atlas on 20, with two matches to go in the qualifying,
The top two teams in each of the three groups, plus the next
two best-placed teams in the overall standings, qualify for the
Group Three leaders Pumas UNAM, who qualified the previous
weekend with three matches to spare, notched their ninth win
when they beat Queretaro 3-0 at the Olimpico on Sunday.
Former Mexico striker Francisco Palencia scored twice in the
opening 18 minutes, his first with a diving header, and laid on
the third for Paraguayan Dante Lopez.
Pumas have 32 points with two matches to go, four more than
Morelia, who have also qualified after a 1-1 draw at Monterrey
on Saturday, and eight ahead of Cruz Azul, who lost 2-0 at
Group One leaders Tigres UANL secured their berth in the
last eight with a 1-0 win at Chiapas. They are five points ahead
of Guadalajara with title holders Monterrey third on 22.
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