Jiménez, 28, was injured in Sunday’s second leg against Chivas, resulting in his early substitution in the first half. Imaging studies have revealed that he suffered both a torn ACL and a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Toluca vs Chivas de Guadalajara
Referee: Óscar Macías Romo
Assistant 1: Marcos Quintero Huitron
Assistant 2: Jimmy Acosta Montesinos
Fourth Official: Eduardo Galvan Basulto
Tigres UANL vs Tijuana
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant 1: Salvador Rodríguez Gorrocino
Assistant 2: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales
Fourth Official: Diego Montano Robles
Days after announcing the departure of Alfonso Sosa as part of “a process of renovation”, Necaxa has announced Ignacio Ambriz as the new head coach of the Rayos.
Ignacio Amrbiz new Coach of @ClubNecaxa
The Xolos had the league’s most prolific attack in the regular season, and they were looking to show that their shutout loss to Morelia in the first leg was simply a fluke. All Tijuana needed here was one goal, and they were determined to get it.
The semifinals will be held this week, with the first legs on Thursday and the return legs coming over the weekend.
Like the quarterfinals, the semifinals are a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. If the aggregate and away goals are both level at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.
The complete match-ups are as follows:
Chivas de Guadalajara earned a 1-0 home victory against Atlas in the second leg of this Clásico Tapatío quarterfinal series. That win knotted the aggregate at 1-1, and with no away goals in play to serve as tiebreaker, Chivas advanced as the higher seed – third to Atlas’s sixth.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to overturn the narrow first-leg deficit, and Chivas had the ball in the back of the net within the opening minute. However, Alan Pulido’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Santos Laguna earned a 1-3 away win against Toluca in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, but even that was not enough to overturn their first-leg deficit as Toluca won the series 5-4 on aggregate.
Santos had a lot of ground to make up, needing a minimum of four goals to advance, but they came out looking to make a game of it. Alfredo Talavera made a pair of good saves to keep them from taking the lead early on, but he couldn’t keep out his own teammate in the 20th minute.
Tigres UANL picked up a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the second leg of their Clásico Regio quarterfinal series to confirm the universitarios’ place in the semifinals with a 6-1 aggregate victory.
The series was all-but-decided after Tigres earned an emphatic 4-1 win in the first leg, but Monterrey was looking to salvage some pride, if not the series, in their home leg. The Rayados started the game off at a good pace, but they were unable to find an early goal to give them hope.
Lobos came out looking to make their home-field advantage count, and they started the game at a good pace with dangerous chances coming early on. They hit the post and then saw a header by Diego Jiménez go just wide as they pressed for the opening goal.
Monterrey vs Tigres UANL
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez
Assistant 1: Andrés Hernández Delgado
Assistant 2: Juan Carlos Salinas Salinas
Fourth Official: Adonai Escobedo González
Toluca vs Santos Laguna
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant 1: Alejandro Ayala Valderrama
Assistant 2: Miguel Ángel Chua Ortiz
Fourth Official: Diego Montaño Robles