Photo: Leon players celebrating
Colombian Hernan Dario Burbano scored a goal and assisted on another to lead Leon to a 4-1 victory over Jaguares de Chiapas in late-season play in the Mexican soccer league.
Leon opened the scoring in the sixth minute of Friday night’s match when Uruguay’s Sebastian Maz took advantage of a mistake by Argentine defenseman Miguel Martinez and found his countryman, Matias Britos, who netted a left-footed strike.
Jaguares, however, tied the match in the 27th minute when Colombia’s Luis Gabriel Rey converted a penalty kick after a foul in the area for his seventh goal of the season.
Luis Montes got Leon back on top just two minutes later, finding the back of the net with a left-footed strike after being fed by Burbano.
In the second half, Burbano took advantage of a blunder by Jaguares’ goalkeeper to score in the 52nd minute and Carlos Peña tacked on an insurance goal at the 79-minute mark.
The match was an especially physical contest that resulted in two players - Martinez and Leon’s Jose Juan Vazquez - being sent off.
With the win, Leon improved its record to eight wins, three draws and four losses for a tally of 27 points. That puts the club in third place, two points behind leaders Toluca and Tijuana.
Jaguares remains in ninth place with 19 points but could fall several spots depending on this weekend’s results.
On Saturday, Toluca will visit Cruz Azul, while Sunday will feature two of the most-anticipated matches of the season: Pumas versus America and Guadalajara versus Atlas.
The top eight teams at season’s end will advance to the playoffs.