America on the rise after halting Pumas
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Club America made sure of a place in the Apertura play-offs thanks to a 1-0 victory at Pumas UNAM.

Daniel Montenegro notched the game's only goal in the 26th minute to lift America within three points of leaders Tijuana after 15 games.

Tijuana, Toluca and Leon are also guaranteed a place in the post-season after the weekend results. Tijuana drew 1-1 with Morelia, Toluca lost 3-0 to Cruz Azul, while Leon defeated Jaguares 4-1.

There was late drama in Puebla, where Jose Fonseca grabbed a last-minute winner as Atlante edged the third-bottom hosts 2-1 to climb to mid-table.

Herminio Ovelar had looked to have earned Puebla a point in the 65th minute when he cancelled out Esteban Paredes' third-minute opener, but Fonseca had other ideas.

First-half strikes from Rafael Marquez Lugo and Marco Fabian handed Guadalajara a 2-0 success against Atlas, with the visitors' woes compounded by the dismissal of defender Hugo Rodrigues 18 minutes from time.