Decision day turns on a coin flip
Club América and Atlas joined San Luis and Cruz Azul as the final four Mexican contestants for two spots in the Copa Libertadores by scoring five goals in a 3-2 América win Wednesday night at Home Depot Center as InterLiga group play concluded. But in spirit of the tournament's wacky tradition, matters weren't completely settled at the final whistle.
A coin toss was needed to separate Atlas and Toluca. Both finished with 1-1-1 records, scored four goals and conceded three, and tied their head-to-head meeting, 0-0 on the first day of group play last week. Atlas striker
Club América (3-0-0, 9 points) won Group A and will face Group B runner-up Cruz Azul (2-1-0, 6 points) Saturday at HDC (9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports en Español) to decide which team will be designated "Mexico 2" and earn a spot in Group 5 of the Copa Libertadores.
San Luis (2-1-0, 6 points) won Group B and meets Atlas (1-1-1, 4 points) to decide "Mexico 3" (11:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports en Español) and the opponent for Bolivian club La Paz FC in a two-leg, play-in series for a Copa berth.
In the first game of Wednesday night's doubleheader, Toluca had kept alive its hopes by blasting pointless Morelia, 3-1.
It hit the only possible scoreline that would have forced a coin flip; had it lost 4-3, it would have advanced on goals scored. A 1-0 loss would have been enough for Toluca.
That's InterLiga. Always something out of the ordinary.