The quarterfinals of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League get underway this week, and three of Mexico’s four entrants remain in the competition.
León was eliminated in the round of sixteen after falling to LAFC 3-2 on aggregate; Tigres UANL, América, and Cruz Azul are still in contention, and they’ll all be facing Major League Soccer teams in the quarterfinals.
Cruz Azul will take on LAFC, Tigres will face NYCFC, and América was drawn against Atlanta United. The Águilas will start their series at home, while both La Máquina and the Universitarios will be away for their first legs.
The knockout rounds consist of two-legged, home-and-away series, with the winner determined by aggregate score. Away goals are tiebreakers.
Cruz Azul earned a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Santos Laguna in this Jornada 3 clash. The result gives La Máquina their first win of the Clausura 2020, while the Laguneros remain winless on the road.
Going into this one, Cruz Azul was the only team in Liga MX without a point earned this season. They came out attacking as they looked to change that, and they got their reward immediately. In just the second minute, Jonathan Rodríguez put Cruz Azul 1-0 up with his goal from just inside the box.
Atlético San Luis made their home-field advantage count with a 2-1 victory against Cruz Azul. The result gives the Potosinos their first win of the Clausura 2020 and keeps them unbeaten, while La Máquina remains winless.
San Luis started the game off strongly, with Nicolás Ibáñez testing Jesús Corona early; Matías Catalán also looked dangerous in the final third. In the 27th minute, the game was briefly interrupted by a dog running onto the field, but Germán Berterame scooped up the friendly pup and carried it over to a steward and play quickly resumed.
Cruz Azul wrapped up their season on a positive note with a 3-1 victory against Atlético San Luis. Both teams were eliminated from playoff contention before kickoff, but La Máquina managed to end their Apertura with a second straight home victory, while the Potosinos end their season with back-to-back losses.
The hosts opened the scoring early on, with Milton Caraglio heading home a long free kick from Elías Hernández in the 10th minute to give Cruz Azul the 1-0 lead.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw. The result ends the universitarios’ three-game winning streak but keeps them unbeaten in four, while La Máquina remains winless in two.
The game started off well for the visitors, who took the lead in the 18th minute. Jonathan Rodríguez received the ball at the top of the box, turned, and shot past Nahuel Guzmán to make it 0-1 for Cruz Azul.
Monarcas Morelia took and lost the lead twice before ultimately earning a 2-3 away win against Cruz Azul. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the michoacanos, while La Máquina now has just one win in their last nine.
In solidarity with Veracruz, the two teams did not play for the first minute after the opening whistle, simply standing quietly on the field. When the clock hit 1:00, they kicked off for real, and Morelia soon created opportunities.