The game started out with both teams battling for control; play was concentrated in midfield and there were few goal-scoring chances of note. Tigres had a promising-looking attack in the 12th minute, but as Lucas Zelarayán prepared to shoot, Bruno Valdez sent the ball out for a corner.
The SuperCopa MX will open the doubleheader, with Cruz Azul, the winners of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX, against Necaxa, the 2018 SuperCopa champion. Necaxa earned their spot because the Clausura 2019 Copa MX winner, América, is playing in the Campeón de Campeones game.
América earned a spot in the “champion of champions” game by winning the Apertura 2018 league title; they will face the Clausura 2019 winners, Tigres UANL, in the second game of the doubleheader.
Tigres UANL earned a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Santos Laguna in the StubHub Center in Carson, California, to earn the title of Campéon de Campeones. The victory also qualifies Tigres for the new Campeones Cup, where they will face Major League Soccer’s reigning champion, Toronto FC, in September.
Santos Laguna, despite being somewhat diminished by injuries and absences, nevertheless started the game off well and the first half saw a dynamic game with opportunities at both ends. But shortly before halftime, the momentum swung firmly in Tigres’ favor.
The SuperCopa MX will open the doubleheader, with Monterrey, the winners of the Apertura 2017 Copa MX, against Necaxa, the Clausura 2018 Copa MX champions.
Following that game, the winners of the Apertura 2017 and Clausura 2018 league titles will face off, with Tigres UANL and Santos Laguna looking to claim the title of “champion of champions”.
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The game started off at a good pace and Tigres created the first chance of the game in the 6th minute, when André-Pierre Gignac found himself in good position but sent his soft shot into the hands of Rodolfo Cota.
Chivas, missing four players to the Gold Cup and another to injury, struggled to get anything going in attack, aside from a would-be goal by Michael Pérez in the 11th minute that was disallowed for offside. El Rebaño suffered a further setback in the 27th minute when both Oswaldo Alanís and José Juan Vázquez had to leave the field with injuries.
The SuperCopa MX will open the doubleheader, with Querétaro, the winners of the Apertura 2016 Copa MX, against América, the team with the best record in the group stages of the Apertura 2016 and Clausura 2017 Copas. (Since Chivas de Guadalajara won both the Clausura 2017 Copa MX and the Clausura 2017 league title, they ceded their place in the SuperCopa to Club América).
The dates and location for the 2017 Campeón de Campeones and SuperCopa MX games have been announced, and for the second consecutive year the doubleheader will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, the home of the LA Galaxy.
After earning red cards in the Campeón de Campeones game, both Rubén Botta and Guido Pizarro will miss the opening round of the Apertura 2016 season.
In a game that finished 10 vs 10, Apertura 2015 champions Tigres UANL defeated Clausura 2016 champions Pachuca 1-0 to claim the Campeón de Campeones title.
Tigres had more possession in the opening minutes, but it was Pachuca who had the first dangerous chance of the game. In the 8th minute, Hirving Lozano got past Israel Jiménez and Hugo Ayala, but he couldn’t keep his shot on frame.