MEXICO CITY, Nov 6 (Reuters) – León and Tigres UANL became the last direct qualifiers to the quarterfinals of the Grita México A21 tournament on Saturday by beating Necaxa and Bravos de Ciudad Juárez 3-0, respectively.
León reached 29 points to place himself in third place overall, ahead of Tigres who registered 28 units. América and Atlas, who were already installed in the so-called “Fiesta Grande”, finished the regular season in the first two places with 35 and 29 points.
The clubs that occupied the first four places in the general table at the end of the 17 days of the regular season had direct access to the quarterfinals.
The teams that occupy places 5 to 12 go to the repechage where they will face a single match, and the four winners will relocate to places 5 to 8, according to their position in the table, to play the quarterfinals.
In León’s triumph, Chilean Víctor Dávila registered a triplet at 21, 52 and 72 minutes.
His first goal was scored with a left foot inside the area after controlling a pass from Fernando Navarro. The second was put when he swept into the small area to finish off a cross by Ecuadorian Ángel Mena, and registered his triplet with a shot in the area after a center from Colombian Omar Fernández from the left sector.
For their part, Tigres beat Bravos with a double by Uruguayan Nicolás López and another by Juan Pablo Vigón.
López scored his first goal at six minutes when he saw goalkeeper Hugo González ahead and surprised him with a shot from outside the area.
Vigón increased the lead for Tigres in the 47th minute with a volley shot from a cross from Colombian Luis Quiñones, and López registered his double in the 83rd minute with a powerful shot into the area.
In the other matches on Saturday, Tijuana beat Pachuca 3-2 with goals from Colombians Óscar Murillo in his own goal, Mauro Manotas and Yairo Moreno in his own goal. Bryan González and Roberto de la Rosa scored for the “Tuzos”.
Meanwhile, America and Monterrey tied without goals.
The regular season will end on Sunday when reigning champion Cruz Azul visits Pumas UNAM and Santos Laguna will rival Atlético de San Luis.
On Friday, Guadalajara won 1-0 on the road to Mazatlán and secured a spot in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Puebla also secured a place in the playoffs after beating Toluca 1-0, which was already in that area.
At the start of the day, Atlas qualified directly to the quarterfinals on Thursday after beating Querétaro 2-0.
(Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)