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Liga MX Apertura 2017 Playoffs Set

The eight finalists are known and the seeds are set. Monterrey, Tigres UANL, América, Monarcas Morelia, Toluca, Cruz Azul, León, and Atlas will now face off for the Apertura 2017 title.

The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs in midweek and the return legs over the weekend.  There is one clásico in this round, with América and Cruz Azul contesting the Clásico Joven.

The complete match-ups are as follows:

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Liga MX Femenil Final: Pachuca vs Chivas de Guadalajara – First Leg Recap and Highlights

In the first leg of the historic first-ever Liga MX Femenil Gran Final, Pachuca earned a 2-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara. The game drew a Liga MX Femenil-record 28,955 to the Estadio Hidalgo.

The first chance of the game went to the visitors, with Brenda Viramontes trying her luck, but Pachuca goalkeeper Alejandría Godínez made the save. With the support of the crowd, the Tuzas quickly grew into the game and began to control possession.

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Liga MX Femenil Gran Final: Where to Watch

The Apertura 2017 Liga MX Femenil Gran Final will be played over two legs this week. On Monday, Pachuca will host Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg; on Friday, Chivas will host Pachuca in the second leg.

The final is an aggregate, total-goals series; away goals are not tiebreakers. If the aggregate is tied at the end of the second leg, the title will be decided on penalties.

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Apertura 2017 Week 17 Statistics

Monterrey finished the season in first place after their 2-0 win against Tigres UANL, while Pumas UNAM finished in last place despite their 1-1 draw with Querétaro.

Monterrey, Tigres, América, Monarcas Morelia, Toluca, Cruz Azul, León, and Atlas qualified for the playoffs and will compete for the Apertura 2017 title.

In the relegation fight, Veracruz ended the season in last in the Tabla de Cociente with their 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul, while relegation rivals Lobos BUAP won, Atlas and Querétaro drew, and Puebla lost.

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Toluca vs Tijuana – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

With their spot in the playoffs already assured, Toluca earned a 3-1 win against Tijuana as they looked to improve their seeding. The Xolos were already out of playoff contention and ended their season on a sour note with the loss.

Toluca nearly opened the scoring in the 20th minute, when Carlos Esquivel ran on to a through ball, got to the end-line, and cut the ball back for Rubens Sambueza, whose shot went just inches wide of the near post.

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Necaxa vs Monarcas Morelia – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

Monarcas Morelia earned a 1-2 away win against Necaxa to keep the Rayos out of the playoffs. Morelia was already qualified for the Liguilla and was looking to improve their seeding with a win.

Although Necaxa’s need for points was greater, it was Morelia who came out attacking. Raúl Ruidíaz had the first good chance but Marcelo Barovero was able to make a stunning save to deny him.

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Monterrey vs Tigres UANL – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

In the Apertura 2017 edition of the Clásico Regio, Monterrey earned the bragging rights with a 2-0 victory against Tigres UANL. The result sees the Rayados finish the season as superlíder, with Tigres behind them in second. Both teams were already qualified for the playoffs.

The game started on a sour note for the visitors, with Israel Jiménez suffering an early injury that saw him replaced by Lucas Zelarayán in just the 6th minute. Then, in the 13th minute, it appeared that Monterrey had taken the lead, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.

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León vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

Chivas de Guadalajara closed out their season with a 0-2 away win against León. El Rebaño were already out of playoff contention before kickoff, while León, already qualified, was looking to improve their seeding.

The hosts had chances from the opening whistle, with Mauro Boselli, Andrés Andrade, and Elías Hernández all causing problems for Guadalajara’s defense. However, La Fiera couldn’t find the breakthrough and Chivas grew into the game.

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Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

Querétaro took the lead but couldn’t hold it, with Pumas UNAM tying the game at 1-1. However, the draw is a good result for the Gallos Blancos considering that they finished the game with just nine men. The result also prevents Pumas from moving out of last place in the table, where they will end the season.

The game started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in the 8th minute. Camilo Sanvezzo sent a free kick into the box and Everaldo Stum sent it past Alfredo Saldívar to make it 1-0 for Querétaro.

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Cruz Azul vs Veracruz – Jornada 17 Recap and Highlights

Despite missing a penalty kick, Cruz Azul beat nine-man Veracruz 1-0 to put La Máquina back into the playoffs for the first time in three years.

In front of a vociferous crowd in the Estadio Azul, La Máquina came out attacking as they looked for that elusive Liguilla berth. Jesús Méndez and Ángel Mena combined well as Cruz Azul looked to take an early lead. But despite controlling possession, the final touch was lacking for the hosts.

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