Santos Laguna sees off nine-man Pachuca

Santos Laguna, Queretaro and Pumas UNAM remain in the hunt for the Liga MX play-offs after Pachuca, Leon and Monterrey slipped up over the weekend.

Goals from Mauro Cejas and Andres Renteria gave Laguna a 2-1 victory over nine-man Pachuca.

Dieter Villalpando gave fellow Apertura play-off hopeful Pachuca a 15th-minute lead, albeit with some help from a deflection at the Estadio Nuevo Corona.

But Cejas levelled proceedings 22 minutes later, tapping home from inside the six-yard box.

And after Aquivaldo Mosquera saw red in the 73rd minute, Renteria netted the match-winner from a difficult angle three minutes later.

Pachuca ended the match with nine men after Ariel Nahuelpan was dismissed three minutes from time.

Despite the loss, Enrique Meza's Pachuca (22 points) remains in the eighth and final play-off spot with one regular-season match remaining.

Laguna (-1) is level on points with Pachuca (+1) and Leon (+2), which played out a goalless draw at home to Puebla, but adrift on goal difference.

Queretaro and Pumas are a point further back in 10th and 11th position respectively.

Dionicio Escalante and Liga MX's joint-top goalscorer Camilo Sanvezzo (11) were both on target as Queretaro accounted for basement side Morelia 2-0.

Pumas UNAM ended a run of three consecutive draws with a 2-0 victory at Cruz Azul.

Cruz Azul (20 points) remains a slim chance of reaching the play-offs, though it will need results to go its way.

Monterrey (24 points) is sixth in the standings but not guaranteed of a post-season spot after it crashed to back-to-back defeats - this time beaten 2-1 at home to fifth-placed Chiapas.

The race for top spot will go down to the final round after league leader America drew 2-2 at second-placed Toluca.

Mexico international Oribe Peralta scored twice for America to cancel out Pablo Velazquez's brace.

America has collected 31 points from 16 matches and is two points clear of Toluca.

Tigres UANL and Atlas are a point further back after their respective draws.

Second-bottom Guadalajara held Tigres to a goalless stalemate, while Atlas earned a 1-1 draw against 10-man Tijuana.

Also, Universidad Guadalajara edged Veracruz 1-0.

Source Omnisport