The Rayos lifted the trophy – their fourth cup title and their first since the 1994-95 season – in front of their home fans in a packed Estadio Victoria.
The Rayos are making their fifth appearance in the final and are looking for their fourth title; they most recently reached the final in the Clausura 2016 and last won the cup in the 1994-95 season.
Meanwhile, the Diablos Rojos are making their fourth appearance and are looking for their third title; they last reached the final in the 1988-89 season, which is also the last time they won the competition.
Toluca needed penalties to get past Zacatepec; after a 1-1 draw in regulation, the Diablos Rojos ultimately triumphed from the spot, 4-3.
Necaxa was able to beat Santos Laguna in regulation, with a 2-1 victory putting the Rayos into the final.
The semifinals are single elimination games held at the home of the higher seed. If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the winner will be decided by penalty kicks (no extra time will be played).
The quarterfinals are single elimination games held at the home of the higher seed. If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the winner will be decided by penalty kicks (no extra time will be played).
All times Eastern.
The teams were paired up as follows, based on their seeding from the group stage:
Querétaro vs Santos Laguna
Cafetaleros vs Toluca
Pumas UNAM vs Necaxa
Zacatepec vs León
Some extensive tie-breaking procedures were needed to find who would advance out of Groups 8 and 9 after all three teams in each group finished with six points. With head-to-head results between the tied teams not separating them, and with the same goal difference for each team, it was away goals that eventually proved decisive, with Celaya and Pachuca advancing out of Group 8 and Monarcas Morelia and Querétaro moving on from Group 9.
In all, 11 teams from Liga MX and five from Ascenso MX advanced to the Round of Sixteen; the complete group standings can be found here.
The group stage of the Clausura 2018 Copa Corona MX wraps up this week with the sixth round of games. There is a lot on the line in these final matches, with 11 of the Round of Sixteen spots still up for grabs.
Current standings can be found here.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
Santos Laguna 2-1 Toluca
Santos Laguna remained perfect in the Clausura 2018 Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Toluca in this Group 4 game. The result leaves the Diablos Rojos winless in this competition. Santos opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when Brian Lozano scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-0.
In the second half, Toluca found the equalizer. In the 66th minute, Fernando Uribe’s initial shot was saved but the rebound fell to Rodrigo Salinas, who made it 1-1. However, Santos soon retook the lead. In the 70th minute, Lozano hit the post, with the rebound then falling to Julio César Furch, who made it 2-1. Although Santos then went down to 10 men after Jorge Sánchez was red-cared, Toluca couldn’t take advantage as just minutes later they saw Pablo Barrientos sent off.
With the 2-1 win, Santos reaches six points while Toluca still has one.