Liga MX Semifinal Preview: Sunday’s Game

Toluca vs León – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes

León won the first leg 1-0 and now travel to the intimidating Estadio Nemesio Diez looking to protect that lead. Toluca are unbeaten at home in all competitions this year and know they need just a 1-0 win to advance, thanks to the higher-seed tiebreaker. But if León scores, Toluca will need to win by two due to the away-goals tiebreaker. A draw would also be enough to get the reigning champions back into the final for a second straight season.

Toluca will look to have Alfredo Talavera (called up for the Mexican national team’s World Cup squad) back between the sticks after the goalkeeper had to leave the first leg with dizziness after being struck in the face with a powerful shot. The Diablos Rojos will also want to see Isaác Brizuela (also called up), Édgar Benítez and Pablo Velázquez more involved in play, after Toluca’s attack struggled to get going in the Nou Camp.

As for León, they also have a number of representatives who will be wearing green jerseys in Brazil: Rafael Márquez, Carlos Peña, Luis Montes – who scored León’s lone goal in the first leg – and José Juan Vázquez.

León fought back from two goals down in the second leg of their quarterfinal match with Cruz Azul to reach the semifinal and knock out the number one seed, so Toluca won’t be able to relax even if they score first. Both teams will need to play smart soccer if they want to get to the final.

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