Pachuca, Leon to meet in Liga MX playoff final
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Pachuca and Leon will meet in the final of Mexico's first division playoff.
Leon defeated Toluca 1-0 Sunday in the Clausura championship semifinals to win 2-0 on aggregate over the two legs. Pachuca lost 4-2 to Santos Laguna a day earlier but advanced on away goals after its 2-0 victory in the first leg.
The first leg of the final is set to be played in Leon on Thursday, with the defining match next Sunday in Pachuca. The schedule for the final will be confirmed on Monday.
Mexico international Carlos Pena struck a first-time volley over Toluca `keeper Alfredo Talavera for Leon's only goal.
Toluca had finished the regular season in second position but couldn't score in 180 minutes against eight-placed finishers Leon, which had the better of both legs.
Rafael Figueroa headed in Santos Laguna's opener in the 11th, with his team dominating the first part of the game until goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez was sent off in the 20th for appearing to kick out at Pachuca striker Enner Valencia.
Substitute `keeper Julio Gonzalez then slipped just after coming on and let Enner Valencia tap in Pachuca's equalizer.
Dieter Villalpando headed in from just inside the penalty area in first-half injury time to make it 2-1 to Pachuca.
Juan Pablo Rodriguez pulled one back in the 68th, four minutes after Pachuca's Ecuadorian international Walter Ayovi was sent off.
Javier Orozco added a third for Santos Laguna and Figueroa grabbed his second late in second half injury time.
Both finalists share an owner, with Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim possessing a 30 percent stake in each club.
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