Cruz Azul lifted the Apertura 2018 Copa MX trophy after a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the Gran Final. This is La Máquina’s fourth Copa title and their first since the Clausura 2013 season.
The game started off with Monterrey looking the stronger, as the hosts looked to take advantage of the atmosphere provided by the 49,764 people in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer – the majority of which were supporting the Rayados.
But Guillermo Allison in goal and Pablo Aguilar in defense made several important plays each to keep the game goalless.
Then, in the 33rd minute, Elías Hernández gave Cruz Azul the lead against the run of play. A cross to the far post wasn’t quite cleared, with the ball falling to Hernández in the box. He sent a powerful low drive on goal, where an attempted clearance failed to give the visitors the 0-1 lead.
With that goal, Cruz Azul grew in confidence and began to press the attack. At halftime, they brought on Martín Cauteruccio, and it took him just six minutes to get on the board as Cruz Azul increased their lead to 0-2.
In the 51st minute, Roberto Alvarado played Hernández into the box with a neat through ball; Hernández then sent a low cross to the far post where Cauteruccio was waiting, unmarked, to knock it home.
Monterrey looked in vain for a response as Cruz Azul stood firm defensively and held on to their 0-2 lead, giving La Máquina their fourth Copa MX championship.