Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlante came back for a 1-1 draw to send this Copa MX quarterfinal to a penalty shootout. The Potros completed the comeback from the spot, winning the shootout 5-3 to advance to the semifinals, while reigning cup champion Chivas was eliminated.
The hosts had several good chances to open the scoring in the first half, but the breakthrough didn’t come until the 48th minute. Carlos Cisneros took the ball to the end-line before sending a low cross to the far post where Carlos Fierro finished it off to make it 1-0.
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX knockout rounds got underway this Tuesday with the first four Round of Sixteen games. Three of them were decided by penalty shootouts as Tijuana, Atlante, América, and Querétaro moved on to the quarterfinals.
Monarcas Morelia 2-2 Tijuana (2-4 shootout)
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead before Morelia fought back to 2-2, but the Xolos ultimately triumphed in the penalty shootout. Damián Pérez put the Xolos ahead in the 26th minute when he brought the ball down with his chest and then sent a volley into the left corner.
Zacatepec 2-1 Tigres UANL (Group 5)
Zacatepec remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Tigres UANL. The result leaves the universitarios winless in Group 5. The visitors started the game off well with chances from Enner Valencia and Luis Cruz, but they couldn’t capitalize on them. Instead, the hosts took the lead in the 17th minute, when Armando González beat Enrique Palos from close range to make it 1-0.
Zacatepec added to their lead 10 minutes later after a penalty call in their favor. Luis Márquez converted the spot kick to make it 2-0. Tigres looked to respond in the second half, and they were able to reduce the deficit in the 78th minute. Damián Álvarez got free on the left, cut inside, and sent his shot past Víctor Hugo Hernández to make it 2-1. That goal set up a frenetic finale as Tigres pushed for an equalizer, but in the end Zacatepec held on to the lead.
With the 2-1 win, Zacatepec reaches four points while Tigres still have one.
Puebla 1-0 Atlante (Group 4)
Puebla beat Atlante 1-0 in the opening game of Group 4 thanks to a penalty kick late in the first half. The hosts started the game off well and could have opened the scoring in the very first minute when Gabriel Esparza found himself unmarked in the box with the ball, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
Then, in the 41st minute, Gabriel España was called for a handball in the box. Carlos Salom stepped up to take the penalty kick and he converted it to give Puebla the 1-0 lead. The Poblanos had chances to add to their lead in the second half, but the final touch was lacking. Atlante did little to threaten a tying goal and in the end the PK was enough for Puebla.
With the 1-0 win, Puebla reaches three points while Atlante still has zero.
Venados 1-1 Atlante (Group 6)
Venados earned their first point of the Copa MX in their final game of the tournament with a 1-1 draw with Atlante. The result leaves Atlante needing several other results to go their way in order to advance. The visitors looked the better side for long stretches of the game, but Venados defended valiantly and prevented the Potros from getting the win they needed.
Then, late in the second half, the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot. Fernando Herrera was called for a foul on Freddy Martín, and Leandro Navarro converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 in the 72nd minute. But Atlante quickly found a response, with Óscar Uscanga tying the game 1-1 in the 76th minute.
With the 1-1 draw, Venados reach one point while Atlante reaches five.
Atlante 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 6)
Atlante took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 1-3 away win in this Group 6 match. The victory ensures Chivas will advance to the knockout rounds of the Copa MX. The opening goal came in the 24th minute through Fernando Espinosa, whose shot from the center of the box made it 1-0.
Chivas had to wait until the second half to find a goal of their own, with Carlos Fierro making it 1-1 in the 61st minute. A few minutes later, both teams were reduced to 10 men with the sending offs of Carlos Cauich and Hedgardo Marín. Ultimately it was Chivas who took advantage of the extra space on the field, with goals from Eduardo López in the 84th minute and Michelle Benítez in stoppage time to give them the 1-3 victory.
With the 1-3 win, Chivas reaches 10 points while Atlante still has four.