Monterrey vs Necaxa – Semifinal First Leg Recap & Highlights

Monterrey took, lost, and regained the lead as they beat Necaxa 2-1 in the first leg of their Apertura 2019 semifinal series.

Necaxa had the best road record in the league in the regular season – with six wins from nine games – and they came out attacking as they looked to keep their good road form going in this one. But after a promising five minutes from the Rayos, Monterrey took control of the game and they took the lead in the 10th minute.

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Apertura 2019 Semifinal First Legs – Where to Watch

Liga MX logoThe Apertura 2019 semifinals are set, and for just the second time in Liga MX history, all four lower seeds advanced out of the quarterfinals.

The semifinals are two-legged, aggregate-goal series; away goals are tiebreakers. If both the aggregate and the away goals are tied at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.

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Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2019 Quarterfinal Second Legs

Banner image of a red card and yellow card with the caption DISCIPLINARY REPORTThe Disciplinary Committee has suspended one player following the second legs of the Apertura 2019 quarterfinals.

The lone sanction was given to Luis Romo of Querétaro, who was suspended one game for serious foul play. Since the Gallos Blancos were eliminated from the playoffs, Romo will serve his suspension during the first game of the Clausura 2020 season.

Tigres UANL vs América – Quarterfinal Second Leg Recap & Highlights

América was the only quarterfinalist to overturn a first-leg deficit and advance as they beat Tigres UANL 2-4 on the night and 4-5 on aggregate to move on to the semifinals.

Tigres seemed to have the upper hand going into this one: a 2-1 aggregate lead, two away goals, and their positioning as the higher seed if it came down to that tiebreaker. But América came out attacking and before long they had the series turned on its head.

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Apertura 2019 Semifinals Set

Liga MX logoAfter some high-scoring quarterfinal series, the semifinalists are set – and for just the second time in Liga MX playoff history, all four of the lower seeds advanced.

Quarterfinal aggregate results
Monterrey 6-3 Santos Laguna
Monarcas Morelia 5-4 León
Necaxa 6-2 Querétaro
América 5-4 Tigres UANL

The semifinals are two-legged, aggregate-goal series; away goals are tiebreakers. If both the aggregate and the away goals are tied at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.

The semifinal pairings are as follows:

Necaxa (5) vs Monterrey (8)
América (6) vs Monarcas Morelia (7)

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Santos Laguna vs Monterrey – Quarterfinal Second Leg Recap & Highlights

Santos Laguna was unable to overcome the first-leg deficit as they drew 1-1 with Monterrey in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, a result that sees the Rayados advance with a 6-3 aggregate victory.

The superlíder had a tough task ahead of them after falling 5-2 in Thursday’s first leg, but Santos was the highest-scoring team in the Apertura regular season and was unbeaten in their nine home games, so there was a bit of hope for the Guerreros. They came out looking for an early goal to shake things up, and they were able to reduce the aggregate deficit when Brian Lozano scored from outside the box in the 17th minute to make it 1-0 (3-5).

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Querétaro vs Necaxa – Quarterfinal Second Leg Recap & Highlights

Querétaro mounted a valiant comeback attempt but a red card allowed Necaxa to retake control, with the Rayos earning a 2-3 win on the night and booking their spot in the semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate victory.

The Gallos Blancos needed to win at least 3-0 in order to overturn the first leg deficit, and they ame out attacking as they looked to do exactly that. It took just four minutes for Querétaro to get on the board, as Marcel Ruiz headed home a cross from Ayron del Valle to make it 1-0 (1-3) early on.

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León vs Monarcas Morelia – Quarterfinal Second Leg Recap & Highlights

León took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia came back to earn a 1-2 win in the second leg of this quarterfinal series. That result puts La Monarquía through to the semifinals with a 5-4 aggregate victory.

The 3-3 draw from the first leg made this game a winner-takes-all affair, but the onus to score was all on Morelia since the tiebreakers meant all León needed to advance was a 0-0 draw. Both teams came out attacking, though, and Rodolfo Cota and Sebastián Sosa were both kept busy in their respective goals.

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Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2019 Quarterfinal First Legs

Banner image of a red card and yellow card with the caption DISCIPLINARY REPORTThe Disciplinary Committee has suspended one player and upheld a red card appeal following the first legs of the Liguilla quarterfinals.

Gabriel Achilier of Monarcas Morelia will miss the second leg of the quarterfinals after receiving a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the same match.

Morelia’s quarterfinal opponent, León, will have their full squad at their disposal, however, as La Fiera successfully filed a petition of nonconformity regarding the red card given to Yairo Moreno.

Apertura 2019 Quarterfinals – Second Legs: Where to Watch

Liga MX logoThe Apertura 2019 playoffs continue this weekend with the second legs of the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinals are two-legged, aggregate-goal series; away goals are tiebreakers. If both the aggregate and the away goals are tied at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.

The first leg results were:

Monarcas Morelia 3-3 León
Necaxa 3-0 Querétaro
Monterrey 5-2 Santos Laguna
América 1-2 Tigres UANL

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