The Monterrey Rayados and Tigres UANL, two of the most financially solid Mexican soccer clubs, won their matches this weekend in the last round of Apertura tournament play, locking up the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the standings.
Monterrey, managed by Uruguayan Diego Alonso, beat Atlas 3-1 on Saturday, thanks to goals by Argentine Nicolas Sanchez in the 26th minute, Argentine Rogelio Funes Mori in the 57th minute and Mexican Luis Madrigal in the 80th minute.
Colombian Jefferson Duque scored Atlas's lone goal in the 88th minute.
The win gave Monterrey 30 points and allowed the club to jump over the Tigres into third place.
The Tigres edged Guadalajara 1-0 on a goal by Mexican Luis Rodriguez in minute 90+2, finishing the regular season with 29 points and in fourth place.
The Pumas UNAM and Santos, which play on Sunday, also have 29 points and are sitting in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
On Sunday, in addition to the Pumas UNAM-Santos Laguna match, the Lobos BUAP will play Toluca.