Play-off push provides late drama
Monterrey secured their place in the Clausura play-offs in dramatic fashion as Ecuadorian Walter Ayovi scored a last-minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Guadalajara which saw them leapfrog their opponents into second place in Group A.
Guadalajara appeared to hold all the aces, playing at home against a Monterrey side without a win in their last five league matches and needing just a point to progress to the play-offs. They could not have asked for a better start either as Marco Fabian put them in front in the second minute.
Ricardo Osorio levelled for Monterrey on the stroke of half-time and Jesus Zavala gave them the lead with 18 minutes left, but Fabian's second for Guadalajara appeared to have earned them the point they required until Ayovi's last-gasp winner.
Guadalajara will still go into the play-offs as one of the two 'best of the rest' sides outside of the top two in each group, with Cruz Azul the other such qualifier after their goalless draw at San Luis.
Mexico City giants America need just a point from their game away to Group C winners Pumas UNAM today to ensure a play-off place after Atlas dropped to third in Group B with a 3-0 defeat to Group A winners Tigres.
Hector Mancilla put Tigres in front in the fifth minute and further goals from Lucas Lobos and Alan Pulido left Atlas needing America to lose by two or more goals to pip them for second and qualify for the play-offs.
Atlante triumph in Group B
Atlante confirmed themselves as Group B winners with a 2-1 home win over Toluca. Giancarlo Maldonado opened the scoring eight minutes in and substitute Mario Ortiz scored the 75th-minute winner within seconds of Antonio Naelson bringing Toluca level from the penalty spot.
Group B bottom side Pachuca drew 1-1 at home to Group A basement dwellers Necaxa as Yulian Anchico's goal for the hosts in the 15th minute was cancelled out by Ismael Iniguez for Necaxa, who played 82 minutes with ten men after Luis Garcia was sent off.
Jaguares ensured they finished the season just two points behind Queretaro at the bottom of Group C by beating them 4-1 at home. Queretaro led through Carlos Bueno's 15th-minute goal but Jaguares stormed back in the second period as Ismael Fuentes equalised in the 47th minute and a Raul Ferro own goal eight minutes later put them in front.
Jackson Martinez added a 78th-minute penalty before grabbing his second and his team's fourth right at the end. In today's other game Morelia, already assured of second place in Group C, are away to Puebla.