Daily Diary: Sunday 10th November 2013

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SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2013: Liga MX has finished the 17-match league phase of the “Opening Stage”, and now the top eight sides will contest a knock-out tournament to determine the 2013 Opening Stage champion.

Puebla de la Franja were the biggest winners on the final day of league action, beating Pachuca 3-0 at home to leapfrog them and CD León (who lost at struggling Monterray) and seal a quarter-final spot. 2012/13 double-winners Chivas Guadalajara finished four points adrift of the top eight after three draws and a defeat in their last five matches.

The Quarter-Finals are set to take place over two legs next week:

  • Pachuca v. Club América
  • Puebla v. Santos Laguna
  • Atlante v. Tigres
  • Toluca v. Cruz Azul

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In the light of failing to make the cut, Mario Carillo has been fired by Punas UNAM after just 16 months in charge.The club finished 3rd in the 2012/13 Closing Stage, but  ended this stage 15th of 18 clubs.

Elsewhere, Napoli have fired Walter Mazzarri after their 1-2 defeat at Palermo. Napoli, who won the Italian League  Cup in 2012, are 10th in Serie A after a run of six matches without a win  in the league, though they do sit in 2nd in their Europa League group.

Getafe have announced that Lucas Alcaraz as their new manager.

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