The Clausura 2017 Gran Final is set, and Chivas de Guadalajara and Tigres UANL will face off for the league title.
Chivas is returning to a league final for the first time since the Apertura 2006 season, and they will be looking for their 12th title – which would tie rivals América for most league championships.
Tigres, meanwhile, is looking for their sixth league title, and they are also looking to become just the third team to win back-to-back titles in the short season era, after Pumas in the Clausura 2004/Apertura 2004 and León in the Apertura 2013/Clausura 2014 seasons.
Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 with Toluca in the second leg of their semifinal series, resulting in a 2-2 aggregate score. With away goals level at one apiece, the higher-seed tiebreaker went into effect, putting Chivas in the final as the third seed to Toluca’s fourth.
Chivas was in the better position going into tonight, thanks to their away goal in the first leg as well as their position as the higher seed; all they needed to do was maintain the 0-0 scoreline to move on, but the hosts were eager to score a goal or two to give themselves even more security. In the 10th minute, Orbelín Pineda came close, only to be denied by the crossbar.
A pair of late goals saw Toluca and Chivas de Guadalajara draw 1-1 in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 semifinal series.
The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.
The quarterfinals saw three of the top four seeds advance, and they – plus 7th seeded Tigres UANL – will now look to earn a spot in the final.
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.
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.
In the first leg of this Clásico Tapatío quarterfinal series, Atlas made their home-field advantage count with a 1-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara.
The visitors had the first dangerous chance through Javier López, but his shot grazed the post. Then Chivas was forced into an early substitution after an injury to Jair Pereira saw him leave the game in the 15th minute. His replacement, Michael Pérez, was then called for a foul in the box in the 28th minute, which gave Atlas a penalty kick.
The eight finalists are known and the seeds are set. Tijuana, Monterrey, Chivas de Guadalajara, Toluca, Santos Laguna, Atlas, Tigres UANL, and Monarcas Morelia will now face off for the Clausura 2017 title.
The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs this Wednesday and Thursday and the return legs coming over the weekend. There are two clásicos in this round, with Monterrey and Tigres facing off in the Clásico Regio and Chivas and Atlas contesting the Clásico Tapatío.
Necaxa was eliminated from playoff contention before this game, while Chivas de Guadalajara was already assured of their own spot in the playoffs. With relatively little at stake, it’s perhaps no surprise that they played out a 0-0 draw in their final regular season game of the Clausura 2017.
Chivas de Guadalajara took a late lead but León scored an even later equalizer as this one finished 1-1. The result keeps Chivas winless in four – but nevertheless is enough to ensure that El Rebaño will be present in the Liguilla – while León remains unbeaten in six.
Both teams had chances in the first half. Mauro Boselli looked particularly dangerous for the visitors, while Chivas came as close as hitting the woodwork when Eduardo López was stopped by the crossbar in the 25th minute. Nevertheless, the game was still goalless at halftime.