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Sunday, April 9, 2006
Soccer-Guadalajara's run ends as six players depart

Reuters

MEXICO CITY, April 9 - Guadalajara fell victim to Mexico's extended World Cup preparations when they were beaten 2-0 at Morelia at the weekend without six players picked by the national team.

Under an agreement between the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) and the clubs, the players who were named in the provisional 26-man World Cup squad last week will take no further part in the Clausura championship.

Guadalajara, who had won their first five games under new coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, were missing Oswaldo Sanchez, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Gonzalo Pineda, Ramon Morales and Omar Bravo.

The Chivas, the only team who do not field foreigners, sorely missed goalkeeper Sanchez as his replacement Alfredo Talavera was at fault for both Morelia goals.

Argentine forward Damian Alvarez put Morelia ahead in the 54th minute as he caught Talavera off his line, then added a second 11 minutes later as he pounced on a poor clearance by the goalkeeper.

Guadalajara, who have 22 points from 14 games, dropped to third place in Group 3.

Cruz Azul, who had three players called up by Mexico, moved above them into second place by beating Veracruz 3-0 with all the goals coming from Argentines.

Pablo Quatrocchi put through his own goal in the 27th minute before Cesar Delgado and Gabriel Pereyra scored in a four-minute spell in the second half.

Chiapas, who lead the group with 30 points, became the first team to make sure of a quarter-final place as they beat Atlante 1-0 with a goal from Paraguay forward Salvador Cabanas.

San Luis won 1-0 at Monterrey to stay top of Group One with 22 points while Pachuca's 4-1 demolition of Necaxa kept them top of Group 2 with 27.

America, the country's richest club, continued their unimpressive form by losing 3-1 at home to UNAM in a Mexico City derby at the Azteca stadium.

Jose Luis Lopez headed UNAM ahead in the 23rd minute before Aaron Padilla levelled for the Eagles on the hour. Bruno Marioni and Israel Castro gave UNAM their second straight win under new coach Guillermo Vazquez.

America dropped to fourth in Group One with 17 points while UNAM went third in Group Two with 20. The top two teams in each group, plus the two with the best overall records, qualify for the quarter-finals.