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By The SI Staff
May 18, 2015

With one swing of his right leg, Ronaldinho put Queretaro through to the Liga MX semifinals. 

Ronaldinho's 83rd-minute free kick delivered the decisive goal in a 4–3 aggregate triumph over Veracruz, pitting Los Gallos Blancos against Pachuca in this week's final four.

With the series tied at 3–3, Ronaldinho stepped up and hit a long-range free kick that hit off Veracruz goalkeeper Melitón Hernandez's hands and trickled into the goal, sparking a raucous celebration: 

While the goal was Ronaldinho's most influential moment in the match, it wasn't his prettiest. He turned in this back-heel gem to spring a teammate free on a counterattack with his trademark flair:

Queretaro and Pachuca will meet in the two-legged semifinals this Wednesday and Saturday. The winner advances to play either Santos Laguna or Chivas Guadalajara in the Clausura final. The top four seeds–Tigres UANL, defending champion Club America, Veracruz and Atlas–were all eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Chivas advanced after eliminating Atlas. Their quarterfinal second leg was marred and delayed by a pitch invasion, with fans storming the field and causing the match to be suspended for 15 minutes.

 

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