MEXICO CITY — Mexico City rivals Cruz Azul and America will meet in the final of Mexico's first division Clausura tournament after victories in weekend semifinals.
Javier Orozco scored twice in the opening 25 minutes as Cruz Azul defeated Santos 2-1 on Sunday for a 5-1 aggregate victory, while America's 2-1 win over Monterrey on Saturday gave them a 4-3 aggregate win.
America would equal Chivas as Mexico's most successful team on 11 titles if it wins the Clausura final. Cruz Azul — also one of Mexico's "big four" clubs — is aiming for its first league win since 1997.
Cruz Azul dominated against Santos Laguna, opening the scoring in the 8th minute when Orozco controlled the ball on the right side of the penalty area and shot past 'keeper Oswaldo Sanchez.
Orozco scored again in the 25th when he converted from a right wing cross.
Colombian Andres Renteria cut the margin in the 37th after he latched onto a through ball and finished from inside the penalty area.
Santos' Darwin Quintero was sent off for pushing the ball into the net with his hand in the 51st and Panamanian Felipe Baloy followed him seven minutes later after receiving his second yellow card for an elbow.
In Saturday's match, America took the lead in the 63rd when Raul Jimenez converted from the penalty spot after Rubens Sambueza had been brought down in the area.
Christian Benitez added America's second from close range eight minutes from the end, before Aldo de Nigris tapped in a consolation goal for Monterrey in injury time.
Monterrey needed to win to advance after drawing Wednesday's first leg 2-2.
The dates for the two stage final have not yet been set, but the first game is likely to be played Thursday, with the return on Sunday.