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.
Tigres UANL took a commanding lead in this Clásico Regio quarterfinal series with a 4-1 first leg victory against Monterrey. In addition, the Rayados had Aldo de Nigris sent off, which will see him suspended for the second leg.
Playing in front of a packed house in the Volcán, Tigres took the lead in the 20th minute. Hugo González cut out a cross, but he sent the rebound directly to André-Pierre Gignac, who made it 1-0.
In the Clausura 2017 edition of the Clásico Regio, Monterrey earned the bragging rights with a 1-0 victory over Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in four and gives them a sixth consecutive home win, while the universitarios saw their three-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The Clásico was hard-fought from the opening whistle, but both teams seemed more concerned with stopping the other than with mounting their own incisive attacks. There was controversy in the 27th minute, when Juninho used his arm to block a cross from José María Basanta, but referee Roberto García Orozco declined to call a penalty.
It was honors even in the Apertura 2016 edition of the Clásico Regio, with Tigres UANL and Monterrey settling for a 1-1 draw. The result ends a two-game losing streak for the universitarios, while the Rayados remain unbeaten in four.
The visitors started the game off better, with Dorlan Pabón and Yimmi Chara looking particularly dangerous up top. However, Monterrey couldn’t turn their chances into goals, although they came as close as the woodwork on two occasions.
Jaguares de Chiapas vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Jaguares de Chiapas (18th) fell 2-0 to Tijuana last weekend to extend their losing streak to three games and their winless streak to 11. Jaguares are rooted to the foot of the table and are just a few points out of last place in the relegation standings as well. Jaguares’ main problem this season has been goalscoring – or lack thereof. They’ve managed just seven goals this season, or one every two games on average. They’ve done slightly better at home – the site of their lone win this season – but even there they aren’t even averaging a goal per game. Their attack needs to step up sooner rather than later if they want to salvage anything from this season.
Tigres UANL defeated Monterrey 1-2, but it wasn’t enough to overturn their first-leg deficit; the Rayados advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 aggregate win. In an eventful game, Monterrey had two penalty kicks saved while Tigres finished the game with both captain and coach ejected from the match.
Tonight’s edition of the Clásico Regio started off well for the visitors, who scored in the 11th minute. Javier Aquino took the ball towards the end line before sending in a cross for Jesús Dueñas, whose header beat a diving Jona Orozco to make it 0-1 (3-2 aggregate).
The Clausura 2016 Liga MX semifinalists will be determined this weekend as Monterrey, Pachuca, León, América, Chivas de Guadalajara, Monarcas Morelia, Santos Laguna, and Tigres UANL play the second legs of their quarterfinal series.
The quarterfinals are a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. Should both the aggregate and the away goals be tied at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.