The dates and location for the 2017 Campeón de Campeones and SuperCopa MX games have been announced, and for the second consecutive year the doubleheader will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, the home of the LA Galaxy.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned their fourth Copa MX title with a penalty shootout win against Monarcas Morelia. After 90 goalless minutes, Miguel Jiménez became the hero as he saved three straight penalties to give Chivas the 3-1 shootout victory.
Morelia had the first clear chance of the game through Gabriel Lezcano, but his shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar. After that, Chivas began to control the run of play, although Morelia’s well-organized defense limited Guadalajara primarily to shots from mid- and long- range.
Chivas has reached the final 11 times before, but has only won it three times; they finished runner-up on the other eight occasions – including last season, where they fell to Querétaro on penalties. Their most recent cup victory came in the Apertura 2015, where they defeated León 1-0.
The hosts nearly snatched the lead just moments after the opening whistle, when a breakdown in the back for Chivas allowed Dorlan Pabón in on goal. However, the striker sent his shot over the net.
The Rayados kept the pressure on and in the 21st minute they opened the scoring. Pabón centered the ball for Rogelio Funes Mori, who lifted it over the keeper to make it 1-0.
It was the visiting Máquina who started the game off better, with Joao Rojas and Jorge Benítez creating some dangerous chances in the early going.
Cruz Azul’s best opportunity of the half came just after the half-hour mark, when Martín Rodríguez got his head to a cross from Ángel Mena; however, Sebastián Sosa made a good save to keep the game goalless.
Monarcas Morelia vs Cruz Azul
Referee: Diego Montaño Robles
Assistant 1: Christian Kiabek Espinosa Zavala
Assistant 2: César Cerritos García
Fourth Official: Jonathan Hernández Juárez
Monterrey vs Chivas de Guadalajara
Referee: Roberto Rios Jácome
Assistant 1: Jimmy Acosta Montesinos
Assistant 2: José de Jesús Baños Caballero
Fourth Official: Leon Vicente Barajas Anzures
The semifinals are single-elimination, with the winner of each game advancing to the Gran Final. Should a game be tied at the end of regulation, it will proceed directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time will be played).
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
It will be a Liga MX team lifting the trophy, as the last Ascenso MX representative was knocked out in the quarterfinals.
The semifinal match-ups are as follows:
Lucas da Silva opened the scoring for the Bravos in the 30th minute, when he finished off a corner kick to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Chivas pushed for a tying goal and Carlos Fierro nearly found one on a pair of occasions, but he first sent his shot wide and then was denied by a great save by Cirilo Saucedo.
The visitors took the lead just four minutes into the match, when Jerónimo Amione sent a cross in for Federico González, who made it 0-1 with his half-volley.
However, Monterrey tied it up just a minute later. In the 5th minute, Yimmi Chara found Rogelio Funes Mori, who drove into the box and roofed his shot at the near post to make it 1-1.