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Played
May 12, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
Estadio Jalisco — Guadalajara
Referee:‬ J. Pérez Durán‎
 
4′ O. Bravo
A. Rentería 16′
 
C. Quintero 62′
 
C. Quintero 90′
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C. Quintero
Santos Laguna
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Herculez Gomez starts as Santos Laguna advances to Liga MX semifinals

U.S. international Herculez Gomez started and played the full match as Santos Laguna advanced to the Liga MX semifinals.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Herculez Gomez, Atlas vs Santos Laguna
Santos Laguna
With a 2-1 aggregate score, Santos Laguna eliminated Atlas from the Liga MX playoffs at the quarterfinal stage.

American striker Herculez Gomez started the second match of the series and went 90 minutes in the win. Previously, Gomez had come on in the 82nd minute of the first leg to play out the final minutes.

The opening leg, in Torreón, Mexico, ended scoreless, with Santos spurning a series of open chances. Mexican international Oribe Peralta sat out both matches through injury.

In Guadalajara, Atlas took the lead early when Omar Bravo, coming back from the injury which relegated him to a spot on the bench in the opening leg, finished off a chance at the far post following an Oswaldo Sanchez save. Sanchez managed to palm Bravo's shot away, but replays showed that the ball had crossed the line and the goal stood.

The equalizer came a quarter hour into the match. Youngster Andres Renteria poked home after Atlas goalkeeper Miguel Pinto and midfielder Lucas Ayala failed to clear properly after a save.

The referee had to make a second telling decision midway through the first half. Facundo Erpen headed back to Pinto, who had raced outside the box. Pinto handled, and the referee ejected him.

Atlas, a man down, knew a scoring draw favored Santos because of away goals.

Carlos Darwin Quintero capped the end-to-end affair by finishing off a counterattack after an hour.

With two minutes remaining in regulation time, Jahir Barraza put the ball in the back of the net, but the referee whistled Omar Bravo offside in the buildup. Quintero killed any chance of a comeback with another counterattacking goal, this one coming just as the clock edged into stoppage time.

Gomez injured his face and had to wear a rather conspicuous bandage through a large section of the match.

Santos, which last won the Liguilla in the 2012 Clausura, will face Cruz Azul in the semifinal.

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Atlas

12
M. Pinto
Goalkeeper
24′
 - 
5
Facundo Erpen
Defender
23′
 - 
7
O. Razo
Defender
 - 
25
 - 
-
L. Ayala
Midfielder
64′
 - 
8
J. Chávez
Midfielder
 - 
20
R. Millar
Midfielder
72′
 - 
-
O. Bravo
Striker
4′
 - 
99
I. Brizuela
Striker
 - 
30
M. Vuoso
Striker
27′
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Santos Laguna

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1
 - 
-
J. Estrada
Defender
 - 
19
 - 
20
Osmar Mares
Defender
 - 
-
F. Baloy
Defender
 - 
58
 - 
-
Mauro Cejas
Midfielder
21′ 56′
 - 
17
 - 
28
 - 
-
 - 
-
H. Gómez
Striker
43′

Substitutes

21
A. López
Goalkeeper
27′
 - 
16
S. Ponce
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
23
 - 
54
C. Gutierrez
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

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-
 - 
-
 - 
6
Marc Crosas
Midfielder
75′
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-
 - 
-
E. Lugo
Midfielder
56′
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
P. Velázquez P. Velázquez
Striker
Toluca
21 3
Mauro Boselli Mauro Boselli
Striker
Leon
19 2
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
18 1
R. Jiménez R. Jiménez
Striker
America (Mexico)
13 2
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
13 1