Pachuca advanced past CAF representative Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory in extra time, and they will now take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio, who is entering the tournament in this round.
A 1-1 first-leg draw left everything to play for here, and the Rayados grabbed a very early lead. In just the 2nd minute, Rogelio Funes Mori brought the ball down for Dorlan Pabón, whose volley beat Nahuel Guzmán to make it 1-0 (2-1) for the hosts.
Tigres UANL beat rivals Monterrey 2-1 in Sunday’s second leg (3-2 aggregate) to win the Apertura 2017 league title.
The universitarios entered the Liguilla as the second seed, and they advanced past seventh-seeded León and third-seeded América in the quarter- and semi-finals, respectively, to set up a meeting with superlíder Monterrey in the Gran Final.
A 1-1 first leg draw kept everything up in the air for the second leg of this historic Clásico Regio final, where Tigres earned a 2-1 away win to lift the title.
The Apertura 2017 league title is Tigres’ sixth. They previously won the league in the 1977-78, 1981-82, Apertura 2011, Apertura 2015, and Apertura 2016 seasons. This is coach Ricardo Ferretti’s seventh title with Tigres and his fourth league title with the club. It is his sixth Liga MX title overall.
The game started off somewhat slowly, with both teams playing conservatively as they adjusted to the field. The Tuzos had several good attacking forays, but neither team created many truly dangerous opportunities.
Pachuca will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the quarterfinals, with the winner advancing to the semifinals to take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio and the loser facing the loser of the other quarterfinal, Al-Jazira vs Urawa Red Diamonds, in the fifth-place match.
This is Pachuca’s fourth appearance in the Club World Cup, having previously participated in 2007, 2008, and 2010; the Tuzos’ best showing came in 2010, when they finished fourth.
Wydad Casablanca is participating in the tournament for the first time.
All times Eastern.
Club World Cup – Quarterfinals
Saturday, December 9
Pachuca (MEX) vs Wydad Casablanca (MOR) – 8:00 AM – Telemundo / En Vivo Extra
In the first leg of this historic Clásico Regio Gran Final, Tigres UANL and Monterrey played to a 1-1 draw. It was a hard-fought game in wintry weather, with both rain and hail falling over the course of the 90 minutes – conditions that didn’t deter the 41,602 fans who were present in the Volcán.
The visitors took an early lead from a set piece. In the 8th minute, Dorlan Pabón sent a corner kick to the near post, where Nicolás Sánchez nodded the ball on. Nahuel Guzmán couldn’t keep it out and Monterrey had the 0-1 lead.
In that game, Cruz Azul’s Edgar Méndez spit at América’s Alejandro Díaz.
The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is a historic affair, with regional rivals Monterrey and Tigres UANL directly contesting the Liga MX title for the first time. Although there have been Clásico Regios in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the playoffs before, this is the first time the Rayados and the universitarios will go head-to-head in the final.
Tigres finished the regular season in second and advanced past 7th-seeded León in the quarterfinals and 3rd-seeded América in the semis, while Monterrey was the superlíder and beat 8th-seeded Atlas and then 4th-seeded Morelia.
Tigres will host the first leg of the Gran Final on Thursday, while Monterrey will host the decisive second leg on Sunday.
All times Eastern.