A17 Copa MX Round of 16 Recap: Wednesday’s Games

The Apertura 2017 Copa MX Round of Sixteen wrapped up this Wednesday with the remaining four games. Three of them were decided in regulation, while one went to penalties, as Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Monterrey, and Chivas de Guadalajara advanced to the quarterfinals.

Santos Laguna 2-0 Necaxa
Two late goals gave Santos Laguna a 2-0 victory against Necaxa. The first half was dominated by Santos, but they couldn’t make their chances count (although Carlos Izquierdoz came as close as hitting the crossbar).

The second half started in much the same way and it wasn’t until the 79th minute that the Laguneros were able to find the breakthrough. Jonathan Rodríguez, who had come on as a sub, headed home a cross to put the hosts ahead, 1-0. Then, in the 84th minute, Ulises Rivas added an insurance goal with a header of his own to give Santos a spot in the next round.

Pachuca 5-0 Zacatepec
Pachuca ran roughshod over their Ascenso MX opponent as they cruised to a 5-0 victory. The Tuzos took the lead in the 16th minute through Erick Gutiérrez, who finished off a cross from Ángelo Sagal to make it 1-0. Then Keisuke Honda scored a brace, with a golazo in the 35th minute and then a goal in the final minute of the half to give Pachuca a 3-0 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, the Tuzos continued to control the game and run up the score. They added goals through Sagal in the 54th minute and then through substitute Germán Cano in the 59th to give them a convincing 5-0 victory.

Monterrey 2-2 Leones Negros (4-3 shootout)
Monterrey twice took the lead but Leones Negros twice found a response as this game finished 2-2 and went on to penalties, where the Rayados ultimately emerged victorious. The hosts took the lead in just the 10th minute, when Arturo González’s shot from the center of the box made it 1-0. The Universidad de Guadalajara responded just after the half-hour mark, though, when Daniel Amador made it 1-1.

In the second half, Carlos Sánchez restored Monterrey’s lead in the 55th minute, but the advantage lasted just three minutes before Amador scored his second of the night to make it 2-2.

With neither team able to break the deadlock, the game then went to a penalty shootout, which extended to six rounds before Monterrey won it. Leones missed their first two (Valadéz, Ruíz), while Monterrey scored (Pabón) and then missed (Benítez). Both teams made their next two (Sánchez, Hurtado for Monterrey; Amador, Vázquez for UdeG) before Leones made (Hernández) and Monterrey missed (Júarez) to send it to sudden death. Padilla missed for Leones while González scored for Monterrey to give the Rayados the victory.

Chivas de Guadalajara 1-0 Atlas 
In the Copa MX version of the Clásico Tapatío, Chivas de Guadalajara emerged victorious with a 1-0 win against Atlas. Chivas had the first good chance in the 16th minute through Carlos Cisneros, but he put his shot just side to keep the game goalless. Then, in the 24th minute, Chivas took the lead. Hedgardo Marín got his head to a service from Eduardo López to make it 1-0 for the hosts.

Atlas pressed for an equalizer and Miguel Jiménez ended up as something of the star of the game in Guadalajara’s goal. He denied Juan Pablo Vigón and Milton Caraglio in impressive fashion before Atlas suffered the setback of having Facundo Erpen red-carded.

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