The Apertura 2017 Copa MX knockout rounds got underway this Tuesday with the first four Round of Sixteen games. Three of them were decided by penalty shootouts as Tijuana, Atlante, América, and Querétaro moved on to the quarterfinals.
Monarcas Morelia 2-2 Tijuana (2-4 shootout)
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead before Morelia fought back to 2-2, but the Xolos ultimately triumphed in the penalty shootout. Damián Pérez put the Xolos ahead in the 26th minute when he brought the ball down with his chest and then sent a volley into the left corner.
In the second half, Juan Martín Lucero increased Tijuana’s lead from the penalty spot in the 48th minute. The 2-0 lead lasted until the 75th minute, when Jorge Zárate reduced the deficit to 2-1. He scored again in the 83rd to deadlock the game at 2-2 and send it to a penalty shootout.
In the shootout, Tijuana scored all four of their PKs (Pérez, Malcorra, Musto, Mendoza), while Morelia made the first two (Rodríguez, Sepúlveda) before failing to convert the next pair (Guzmán, Vilchis).
Toluca 1-1 Atlante (3-5 shootout)
Toluca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlante tied the game at 1-1 and then won the penalty shootout to advance. Despite a number of chances at both ends, the first half finished goalless.
In the second 45, Toluca took the lead early through Alexis Canelo, who finished off a cross from Alexis Vega in the 53rd minute to make it 1-0. Minutes later, the visitors had the ball in the back of the net, only for the would-be goal to be disallowed for offside. But Atlante tied it for real in the 65th minute through Daniel Cardozo.
In the shootout, all five Atlante shooters converted (Uscanga, Tarragona, Cauich, Zamora, Reyes), while Toluca converted their first three (Velarde, Canelo, Gómez) before having their fourth saved (Delgadillo).
América 1-0 Cruz Azul
In the only Tuesday game to end in regulation, América beat Cruz Azul with a lone goal from Pablo Aguilar. The Copa MX edition of the Clásico Joven was played at a high intensity, with chances for both teams. However, the night took a turn for Cruz Azul when Christian Giménez was red carded after a foul on Paul Aguilar.
With the numerical advantage, the Águilas took the lead in the second half. Pablo Aguilar headed home the service from Carlos Darwin Quintero to make it 1-0 for the hosts in the 66th minute. La Máquina had a chance or two to find an equalizer but ultimately could not.
León 1-1 Querétaro (2-4 shootout)
Querétaro took the lead but couldn’t hold it as León came back for a 1-1 draw, but the Gallos Blancos ultimately triumphed in the penalty shootout. Édgar Benítez gave Querétaro the 0-1 lead in the 53rd minute with his left-footed shot from distance; the goalkeeper got his hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.
León responded in the 73rd minute through Mauro Boselli, who headed home a cross from Andrés Andrade to make it 1-1 and send the game to a shootout.
In the shootout, both teams scored their first and missed their second (Martínez and Stum for Querétaro, Hernández and Cornejo for León) before Querétaro netted their next three (Güémez, Trejo, Volpi) while León went one-and-one (Ramos make, Andrade miss).