Santos Laguna remained in first place – and guaranteed they’ll finish the season there – with their 3-1 win against Cruz Azul, while Veracruz remained in last with their 0-5 loss to América.
Necaxa, América, León, Tigres UANL, and Querétaro joined Santos Laguna on the list of teams qualified for the playoffs, while Monarcas Morelia, Monterrey, Tijuana, Pumas UNAM, Pachuca, and Chivas de Guadalajara are all in the running for the final two Liguilla spots.
In the relegation fight, Veracruz remained in last place in the Tabla de Cociente with their loss, while relegation rivals San Luis and Querétaro also lost, FC Juárez drew, and Chivas de Guadalajara won.
Scores Monarcas Morelia 3-2 Puebla
Veracruz 0-5 América
Tijuana 0-4 Monterrey
Atlético San Luis 0-2 Necaxa
Tigres UANL 0-0 Pachuca Chivas de Guadalajara 3-2 Querétaro León 4-0 Toluca
Pumas UNAM 1-1 FC Juárez Santos Laguna 3-1 Cruz Azul
Despite numerous chances at both ends, neither Tigres UANL nor Pachuca could find the breakthrough as this one finished 0-0. The result puts Pachuca’s playoff hopes in jeopardy, while Tigres were already assured a spot in the upcoming Liguilla.
The goalkeepers were the stars of the game, with both Nahuel Guzmán and Rodrigo Rey making impressive stops to preserve their respective clean sheets. Tigres had the majority of possession in the first half, but Pachuca – who needed the win more urgently – kept the pressure on and had a chance or two on the break.
Monterrey beat 10-man Tijuana 0-4 away to keep their playoff hopes alive while complicating Tijuana’s. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in four while the Xolos have now lost two in a row.
The game changed in the 21st minute, when, after VAR review, Jordan Silva was red-carded for a foul on Rogelio Funes Mori in the box. Not only were Tijuana down to 10, but they were facing a penalty kick. Nicolas Sánchez put away the spot kick to make it 0-1 for Monterrey.
América locked up their spot in the playoffs in their final regular season game – they have a bye next week – with a 0-5 thumping of Veracruz. The result gives the Águilas three wins in their last four, while the Tiburones Rojos are winless in two.
The visitors were the better team from the beginning and it didn’t take long for their dominance to pay off. The usually assured Sebastián Jurado gifted them the opening goal in the 18th minute, when he came out to punch away a corner and missed the contact; the ball fell to Bruno Valdez, who put it away to make it 0-1.
Monarcas Morelia took a huge step toward clinching a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory against Puebla. The result keeps the Monarquía unbeaten in five, while the Poblanos are now winless in six.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead immediately following kickoff. Just 29 seconds into the game, Miguel Ángel Sansores finished off a low cross at the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-0 for Morelia with the fifth-fastest goal in league history.
The group stage of the 2019-2020 Copa MX wrapped up this week, which means the teams advancing to the knockout rounds have been set.
In the new Copa format, the knockout rounds begin with the Round of Sixteen and consist of two-game, total-goals series. The knockout rounds will begin in late January, since the Copa now runs only once a year: group stage in the Apertura and knockout rounds in the Clausura.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players and two coaches in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 17 games.
On the playing side, Pedro Álvarez of Atlético San Luis was given a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Jown Anderson of León was suspended one game for serious foul play.
On the coaching side, Miguel Herrera of América was given a one-game suspension for deliberately leaving the technical area for the purpose of provoking or escalating a situation, while Jorge Almanda of Santos Laguna was suspended one game for deliberately leaving the technical area to disagree with or protest the decision of one of the referees.
Santos Laguna remained in first place with their 1-2 win against América, while Veracruz remained in last despite their 1-1 draw with Monterrey.
Santos Laguna has locked up a playoff spot, while FC Juárez, Toluca, Puebla, and Veracruz are all mathematically eliminated from contention.
In the relegation fight, Veracruz remained in last place in the Tabla de Cociente with their draw, while relegation rivals Querétaro also drew and San Luis, FC Juárez, and Chivas de Guadalajara all won.
Puebla 1-1 Pumas UNAM
Atlas 1-2 Atlético San Luis
Querétaro 0-0 Tigres UANL
América 1-2 Santos Laguna
Monterrey 1-1 Veracruz
Necaxa 1-2 Pachuca
Toluca 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara FC Juárez 3-0 Tijuana
León 1-1 Monarcas Morelia