The hosts, the only non-Mexican team to make it to this round of the tournament, had no realistic chance of overcoming a 5-0 first leg deficit, but they came out attacking as they looked to salvage some dignity. Gerso gave them an early lead – and some fleeting hope – with his 6th minute goal to make it 1-0 (1-5).
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FC Juárez came out attacking as they looked to be the first second-division side to win the title since 2012, and they had the first clear chance of the game in the 14th minute when Lucas Xavier tried his luck from distance and was inches away from opening the scoring.
All the pressure was on the hosts in this one, who needed an early goal to give them hopes of a comeback attempt. Instead, it was the visitors who struck first, with Enner Valencia making it 0-1 (0-4 aggregate) just 11 minutes into the match as he rounded the keeper and sent the ball into the empty net.
The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup is just over two months away, and the draw for groups has been held. The tournament expanded to 16 teams for this year’s iteration, which has resulted in some unbalanced groups mixing the region’s giants and minnows.
The group stage will kick off on June 15th and run through June 26th; the top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stages, which will begin June 29th with the quarterfinals. The semifinals will be held July 2nd and 3rd, with the final coming July 7th in Chicago.
First Leg Results
Tigres UANL 3-0 Santos Laguna
Monterrey 5-0 Sporting Kansas City
The semifinals are a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. If both the aggregate and away goals are tied at the end of the second leg, the winner will be determined by a penalty shootout.
Will there be a Clásico Regio in the CONCACAF final, or can Santos and/or Kansas City pull off a comeback for the ages?
The Clausura 2019 Copa MX final feature two teams looking for historic victories. FC Juárez is looking for the first Copa MX title in their history, while América is looking to break the record for most professional-era Copa MX titles.
The Bravos are the first Ascenso MX team to make the final since Oaxaca in the Clausura 2014 tournament, and will look to be the first second-tier side to win it since Dorados de Sinaloa in the Apertura 2012 tournament.
The Águilas, meanwhile, have five Copa MX titles in the professional era – tied with León – but this is their first cup final since the 1990-91 season.
Rafael Baca of Cruz Azul was given a one-game suspension for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, while Jesús Angulo of Santos Laguna was suspended for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Alexis Pérez of Querétaro, Alexis Vega of Chivas de Guadalajara, and Luis Felipe Gallegos of Necaxa were all given one-game suspensions for serious foul play.
Veracruz remains the only winless team in the Clausura 2019, and they remained in last place in the Tabla de Cociente as well with that loss, while relegation rival Lobos won.
Veracruz 0-1 Atlas
Puebla 1-1 Monarcas Morelia
Cruz Azul 3-0 Querétaro
Tigres UANL 2-0 Pumas UNAM
León 2-1 Necaxa
Chivas de Guadalajara 0-1 Lobos BUAP
Tijuana 3-2 América
Toluca 5-1 Monterrey
Santos Laguna 0-0 Pachuca
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Santos Laguna and Pachuca played out a 0-0 draw. The result ends a two-game losing streak for the Laguneros but keeps them winless in five, while the Tuzos remain winless on the road this season.
Santos was looking to get back to winning ways under the interim direction of Rubén Duarte, and they started the game off strongly. However, despite a few good chances, they were unable to get past Alfonso Blanco in Pachuca’s goal.