Chivas de Guadalajara earned their fourth Copa MX title with a penalty shootout win against Monarcas Morelia. After 90 goalless minutes, Miguel Jiménez became the hero as he saved three straight penalties to give Chivas the 3-1 shootout victory.
Morelia had the first clear chance of the game through Gabriel Lezcano, but his shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar. After that, Chivas began to control the run of play, although Morelia’s well-organized defense limited Guadalajara primarily to shots from mid- and long- range.
The Copa MX champion will be determined this Wednesday when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Monarcas Morelia in the Gran Final.
Chivas has reached the final 11 times before, but has only won it three times; they finished runner-up on the other eight occasions – including last season, where they fell to Querétaro on penalties. Their most recent cup victory came in the Apertura 2015, where they defeated León 1-0.
Monarcas Morelia booked their spot in the Gran Final of the Clausura 2017 Copa MX with a late 1-0 victory against Cruz Azul.
It was the visiting Máquina who started the game off better, with Joao Rojas and Jorge Benítez creating some dangerous chances in the early going.
Cruz Azul’s best opportunity of the half came just after the half-hour mark, when Martín Rodríguez got his head to a cross from Ángel Mena; however, Sebastián Sosa made a good save to keep the game goalless.
The Clausura 2017 Copa MX is nearing its conclusion. There are four teams left, all from Liga MX, and they will compete in the semifinals this week.
The semifinals are single-elimination, with the winner of each game advancing to the Gran Final. Should a game be tied at the end of regulation, it will proceed directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time will be played).
Monarcas Morelia earned a 0-2 away win against Tijuana in their Clausura 2017 Copa MX quarterfinal game.
Tijuana controlled the run of play in the first half, with the hosts enjoying more possession and a number of dangerous chances. Víctor Malcorra and Paul Arriola were very active going forward and the pair nearly connected to open the scoring, only for a deflection to send the ball over the bar.
However, in the second half Morelia got into the game. The visitors began to create their own chances, albeit primarily through set pieces.