Tigres UANL earned a 3-0 win against nine-man América in the second leg of their semifinal series to put the universitarios into the Gran Final with a 4-0 aggregate win. This will be Tigres’ third straight appearance in the final.
América came out attacking as they looked to overturn the first-leg deficit, but it was the hosts who always looked more likely to open the scoring. Tigres hit the woodwork twice, through Enner Valencia and André-Pierre Gignac, but neither team was able to find the breakthrough in the first half.
A controversial penalty kick gave Tigres UANL a 0-1 away win against América in the first leg of their semifinal series.
The visiting universitarios put the pressure on from the start, with André-Pierre Gignac forcing a good save out of Agustín Marchesín in the third minute. Marchesín was then called into action against Eduardo Vargas, with the keeper making a fingertip save to keep Tigres off the board in the 12th minute.
In the second leg of their Clásico Joven quarterfinal series, América and Cruz Azul once again played out a high-intensity but goalless draw. With the aggregate stubbornly remaining 0-0, América advanced due to the higher seed tiebreaker.
Cruz Azul traveled to the Estadio Azteca obligated to score; a draw would be enough for them so long as they managed an away goal. La Máquina had chances, with Francisco Silva sending a free kick towards the upper left corner, only for Guido Rodríguez to head the ball clear. Later, Felipe Mora forced a good save out of Agustín Marchesín with his point-blank header.
The quarterfinals wrapped up this Sunday with all four higher seeds advancing. Monterrey, the superlíder, was the only team to win their quarterfinal series outright, with Tigres UANL, América, and Monarcas Morelia all needing tiebreakers to advance after aggregate draws.
Those four teams will now face off in the semifinals this week, with the first legs in midweek and the return legs over the weekend. Tigres and América will play Wednesday and Saturday, with Monterrey and Morelia playing Thursday and Sunday.
The complete schedule and match-ups are as follows:
Despite two red cards and a penalty, neither team could find the breakthrough as the first leg of this Clásico Joven quarterfinal series finished 0-0.
Cruz Azul’s first good chance came in the 17th minute, when Gerry Flores and Édgar Mendez combined on the right. The Spaniard sent a low ball back towards the top of the box for Francisco Silva, but he couldn’t get the power on his shot and Agustín Marchesín easily scooped up the ball.
The eight finalists are known and the seeds are set. Monterrey, Tigres UANL, América, Monarcas Morelia, Toluca, Cruz Azul, León, and Atlas will now face off for the Apertura 2017 title.
The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs in midweek and the return legs over the weekend. There is one clásico in this round, with América and Cruz Azul contesting the Clásico Joven.
América came from two goals down on the night to tie Chivas de Guadalajara 2-2, but the Águilas couldn’t overcome the first-leg deficit as they fell 6-4 on aggregate in the Liga MX Femenil semifinals.
The visitors came into this game with a 4-2 aggregate lead, and it didn’t take long for them to add to it. In the 9th minute, Brenda Viramontes pounced on a defensive miscue – a badly mis-hit clearance – to make it 1-0 (5-2) in favor of Chivas.