Club America edge thriller
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Club America have emerged as 5-3 winners from the first leg of their Clausura quarter-final with Santos Laguna.

The two sides were neck and neck in the regular season but a second-half hat-trick from Raul Jiminez swung the tie in America's favour. He scored in the 59th, 80th and 86th minutes, putting his men 4-3 up from 3-1 down.

Osvaldo Martinez opened the scoring for them but Rodolfo Salinas, Carlos Quintero and Ribair Rodriquez scored for Santos. Rubens Sambueza added a late fifth for America, who then had Maza Rodriguez sent off.

The second quarter-final saw Leon draw 1-1 at home to Cruz Azul. Mariano Pavone put Cruz ahead (three) but Jose Cardenas levelled (20).