Copa MX Final: Chivas de Guadalajara vs Monarcas Morelia

Chivas de Guadalajara earned their fourth Copa MX title with a penalty shootout win against Monarcas Morelia. After 90 goalless minutes, Miguel Jiménez became the hero as he saved three straight penalties to give Chivas the 3-1 shootout victory.

Morelia had the first clear chance of the game through Gabriel Lezcano, but his shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar. After that, Chivas began to control the run of play, although Morelia’s well-organized defense limited Guadalajara primarily to shots from mid- and long- range.

In the 32nd minute, Chivas lost Ángel Zaldívar to a worrisome-looking ankle injury; after treatment on the field, he was subbed out for Rodolfo Pizarro.

The intensity ratcheted up in the second half, and Chivas had a good chance just five minutes in. Alan Pulido got his head to a cross from the left, but Sebastián Sosa made an impressive save to keep the game goalless.

Sosa intervened again in the 76th minute when Javier López sent a diagonal shot towards the lower corner; at the other end of the field, Miguel Jiménez stopped Luis Gabriel Rey in stoppage time to ensure the result would be decided from the spot.

Morelia took the lead in the penalty shootout, as Carlos Salcido had his PK saved while Mario Osuna converted his. But Osuna was the only member of La Monarquía to score with his spot kick, as Jorge Zárate, David Cabrera, and Luis Gabriel Rey were all stopped by Jiménez, while Hedgardo Marín, Alan Pulido, and Orbelín Pineda scored for Chivas to give El Rebaño the victory.

With the 0-0 draw (3-1 penalty win), Chivas de Guadalajara is the Clausura 2017 Copa MX champion.

Highlights

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