Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL came back for a 1-1 draw in the Clausura 2019 edition of the Clásico Regio. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season, but it also keeps the universitarios in first place, one point ahead of their rivals.
The hosts looked the stronger team for much of the game as they put their home-field advantage to good use, although initially there were chances for both teams. Eduardo Vargas had an early opportunity for Tigres, but he couldn’t get his attempt on target; then, in the 16th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori caught the defense napping but sent his shot into Nahuel Guzmán.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Regio as Tigres UANL and Monterrey played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, but winless in two, while the Rayados ended a two-game losing streak but remain winless in four.
A violent confrontation between groups of fans before the game left several people injured, one seriously, and led to a statement by Liga MX that the incident is being investigated.
There were injuries on the field as well; José María Basanta had to leave the game in the 10th minute after suffering an apparent pulled muscle, and Rodolfo Pizarro left the game at halftime with an injury of his own.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL earned a 1-2 away win to claim the Apertura 2017 title in this historic Clásico Regio final with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
A 1-1 first-leg draw left everything to play for here, and the Rayados grabbed a very early lead. In just the 2nd minute, Rogelio Funes Mori brought the ball down for Dorlan Pabón, whose volley beat Nahuel Guzmán to make it 1-0 (2-1) for the hosts.
In the first leg of this historic Clásico Regio Gran Final, Tigres UANL and Monterrey played to a 1-1 draw. It was a hard-fought game in wintry weather, with both rain and hail falling over the course of the 90 minutes – conditions that didn’t deter the 41,602 fans who were present in the Volcán.
The visitors took an early lead from a set piece. In the 8th minute, Dorlan Pabón sent a corner kick to the near post, where Nicolás Sánchez nodded the ball on. Nahuel Guzmán couldn’t keep it out and Monterrey had the 0-1 lead.
The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is a historic affair, with regional rivals Monterrey and Tigres UANL directly contesting the Liga MX title for the first time. Although there have been Clásico Regios in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the playoffs before, this is the first time the Rayados and the universitarios will go head-to-head in the final.
Tigres finished the regular season in second and advanced past 7th-seeded León in the quarterfinals and 3rd-seeded América in the semis, while Monterrey was the superlíder and beat 8th-seeded Atlas and then 4th-seeded Morelia.
Tigres will host the first leg of the Gran Final on Thursday, while Monterrey will host the decisive second leg on Sunday.
The semifinals have wrapped up and the Apertura 2017 finalists have been determined. The top two seeds advanced to the final, and Monterrey and Tigres UANL will now face off to determine the Apertura 2017 Liga MX Champion.
This will be the first Clásico Regio Gran Final; the two regional rivals have never before faced off in a Liga MX final, although they have played each other five times in other rounds of the Liguilla.
In the Apertura 2017 edition of the Clásico Regio, Monterrey earned the bragging rights with a 2-0 victory against Tigres UANL. The result sees the Rayados finish the season as superlíder, with Tigres behind them in second. Both teams were already qualified for the playoffs.
The game started on a sour note for the visitors, with Israel Jiménez suffering an early injury that saw him replaced by Lucas Zelarayán in just the 6th minute. Then, in the 13th minute, it appeared that Monterrey had taken the lead, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.