The quarterfinal round of the Copa MX wrapped up this week, with three teams from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX advancing to the semifinals. Pumas UNAM, Tijuana, América, and FC Juárez will now look to move on to the Gran Final itself.
Pumas UNAM 3-0 Dorados de Sinaloa
Monarcas Morelia 0-1 Tijuana
América 2-0 Chivas de Guadalajara
FC Juárez 2-2 Veracruz; Juárez won 3-1 on penalties
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 1-3 to Toluca in the opening match of the Clausura 2019 season. The Diablos Rojos earned the away win thanks to an Enrique Triverio hat-trick.
The game was full of meaning for the hosts, as Carlos Morales played his last minutes with Morelia. The 39-year-old captain, the last remaining player from the Invierno 2000 team that won Morelia’s lone league title, was honored by the club and the fans before being subbed out in the 9th minute to bring his career to a close.
The champion of the Clausura 2018 Copa Corona MX will be crowned this Wednesday as Necaxa and Toluca face off in the final.
The Rayos are making their fifth appearance in the final and are looking for their fourth title; they most recently reached the final in the Clausura 2016 and last won the cup in the 1994-95 season.
Meanwhile, the Diablos Rojos are making their fourth appearance and are looking for their third title; they last reached the final in the 1988-89 season, which is also the last time they won the competition.
Toluca remained in first place with their 1-0 victory against Tigres UANL, while Lobos BUAP remained in last with their 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul.
That loss dropped the Licántropos into last place in the relegation table as Veracruz’s 0-1 victory against Chivas allowed the Tiburones Rojos to leapfrog Lobos, while relegation rivals Atlas drew and Querétaro lost.
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlas came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Xolos winless in four while the Rojinegros are unbeaten in two but remain winless on the road this season.
The game started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in the 10th minute. Juan Lucero played in Miler Bolaños, who beat José Hernández to make it 1-0 for Tijuana.
Pachuca took a step towards the playoff places with a comprehensive 2-6 away win against Puebla. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while the Poblanos have now lost four in a row.
Puebla had a few early chances, but Pachuca soon took control of the game. The visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute through Keisuke Honda, who received the ball in the box and fired past Moisés Muñoz to make it 0-1. Continue reading →