KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna solidified their place in the Clausura playoffs with their win over Queretaro while other teams continue to fight for the final two spots.
Santos Laguna 3-0 Queretaro
A barrage of goals in the second half helped Santos Laguna to a shutout win over Queretaro at Estadio Nuevo Corona which is enough to book them a place in the playoffs.
Los Verdiblancos have been in good form throughout the Clausura and look to be one of the teams no one wants to face as the playoffs approach. Queretaro, on the other hand, is on the bubble and a win would have boosted their chances of claiming one of the last spots.
After a scoreless first half in which both teams had chances to score, the host would kick it up a notch in the second to leave their opponents in the dust.
Jonathan Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 75th minute when teammate Jesus Isijara's was initially stopped by goalkeeper Tiago Volpi, but he lost control of the ball, allowing Rodriguez to pounce on it and slot it into the back of the net.
Djaniny doubled Santos' lead five minutes later as he converted a penalty.
The host settled the game in the 88th minute when a counter-attack ended in a goal as Brian Lozano crossed the ball over to Rodriguez for the one-time shot from close range.
The win leaves Santos in second place with 29 points.
Ventura Alvarado started for Necaxa while Joe Corona came off the bench for America as both teams played to a 1-1 tie.
Omar Gonzalez came off the bench for Pachuca in their 6-2 thrashing of Puebla.
Rubio Rubin came off the bench while Michael Orozco watched all of the action in Tijuana's 2-2 tie with Atlas.
Both William Yarbrough and Landon Donovan watched from the bench for Leon in their 3-2 loss to Morelia.
Bernabe Magana watched from the bench for Pumas UNAM in their 2-1 loss to Monterrey.
Lalo Fernandez watched from the bench for Tigres UNAL in their 1-0 loss to Toluca.