The Clausura 2020 season got underway this weekend, with León’s 3-1 victory against Querétaro putting them into first place after the abbreviated first round of games. (Due to the delayed Apertura 2019 final, the finalists had their Jornada 1 games rescheduled for February, so only seven games were played this weekend).
Due to Veracruz’s disaffiliation, there will be no relegation at the end of the Clausura 2020 season, and the Tabla de Cociente was adjusted to remove the games played against Veracruz in the Apertura 2019; San Luis is currently last in the Cociente standings.
Monarcas Morelia 0-1 Toluca Tijuana 2-1 Santos Laguna
Cruz Azul 1-2 Atlas Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 FC Juárez León 3-1 Querétaro
Tigres UANL 0-0 Atlético San Luis Pumas UNAM 2-1 Pachuca
(Puebla vs América – February 4)
(Necaxa vs Monterrey – February 5)
Monterrey beat América 4-2 on penalties to claim the Apertura 2019 title following a 3-3 aggregate draw in the Gran Final.
The Rayados had won the first leg, 2-1, but América dominated the second leg. An early would-be goal for the Águilas was disallowed for handball, but they had the ball in the net again minutes later through Federico Viñas; his 5th-minute goal stood to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.
América then appeared to take the aggregate lead in the 24th minute through Roger Martínez, but after VAR review the goal was disallowed. The hosts kept pressing, though, and they got their reward in the 40th minute when Richard Sánchez scored from outside the box to make it 2-0 (3-2 aggregate).
The Apertura 2019 Liga MX champion will be crowned this Sunday when América hosts Monterrey in the second leg of the Gran Final.
The Rayados earned a 2-1 victory in the first leg, meaning they’ll take the title with a win or a draw in this one; the Águilas will need to win by one to send the series to extra time, and by two to claim the crown outright. There are no tiebreakers in the final, so away goals are not a factor.
América overturned first-leg deficits in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, and will look to do the same here en route to what would be a record-setting 14th championship, while Monterrey will look to hold their advantage as they aim for their 5th league title.
América took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monterrey fought back for a 2-1 victory in the first leg of the Apertura 2019 Gran Final.
The first-half was a hard-fought affair, with more fouls – 18 of them – than goal-scoring chances. Monterrey looked more dangerous in possession, but when the opening goal came, it was for the visitors. Late in the half, Henry Martín played Federico Viñas in on goal; with Marcelo Barovero beaten, the unfortunate Carlos Rodríguez mis-hit an intended clearance to send the ball into his own net. His own-goal made it 0-1 for the Águilas in the 44th minute.
After a two-and-a-half week hiatus, the Liga MX playoffs resume this week with the Gran Final. Monterrey, who is fresh off winning third place in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, will host the first leg of the final against Club América this Thursday.
The 8th-seeded Rayados upset superlíder Santos Laguna with a 6-3 aggregate win in the quarterfinals before beating Necaxa 3-1 on aggregate in the semifinals; the Águilas, seeded 6th, had a bumpier road to the finals, as they had to overturn first-leg deficits in both the quarterfinals, against Tigres UANL, and the semifinals, against Monarcas Morelia.
Monterrey will now look for their fifth league title – and their first since the Apertura 2010 – while América is aiming for a record-setting 14th championship.
The final is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are not tiebreakers.
Monterrey claimed third place in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup by beating Al-Hilal 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The result matches Monterrey’s previous best finish in the tournament, which they earned in 2012.
Monterrey had the first good chance of the game in the 14th minute, when Ángel Zaldívar played in Arturo González, but Abdullah Al-Mayoof made a kick-save to deny “Ponchito”. Despite a few more chances for the Rayados, it was the AFC champions who took the lead.
In the 35th minute, Carlos Eduardo headed home a cross from Yasser Al-Shahrani to give Al-Hilal the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Monterrey will look to match their best-ever FIFA Club World Cup finish when they take on Al-Hilal in the third-place game this Saturday.
The Rayados suffered a harsh loss to Liverpool in the semifinals after conceding a stoppage-time goal to fall 2-1 to the UEFA champions. Their opponent in this one, Al-Hilal – the AFC champion – fell 3-1 to Flamengo in their semifinal.
Both teams will look to end the tournament on a positive note with a win in this one.
A stoppage-time goal by Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory against Monterrey in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup semifinals.
The UEFA champions were the heavy favorites going into this one – despite a number of absences due to injury and illness – but Monterrey made them work hard for their victory. While Liverpool had the majority of possession early, a makeshift back line let the Rayados through several times on the counter, albeit without an end product.
The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup continues this week with the semifinal round. Monterrey, the CONCACAF champion, reached the semifinal after beating the host nation’s representative, Al Sadd, in the quarterfinals; they’ll now take on UEFA champion Liverpool, who is entering the tournament in this round.
The Rayados have qualified for the Club World Cup three times previously, and reached the semifinal round just once, in 2012, where they fell 3-1 to Chelsea.
Liverpool has played in the Club World Cup just once before, back in 2005, where they reached the final but fell 1-0 to São Paulo.