Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 with Toluca in the second leg of their semifinal series, resulting in a 2-2 aggregate score. With away goals level at one apiece, the higher-seed tiebreaker went into effect, putting Chivas in the final as the third seed to Toluca’s fourth.
Chivas was in the better position going into tonight, thanks to their away goal in the first leg as well as their position as the higher seed; all they needed to do was maintain the 0-0 scoreline to move on, but the hosts were eager to score a goal or two to give themselves even more security. In the 10th minute, Orbelín Pineda came close, only to be denied by the crossbar.
A pair of late goals saw Toluca and Chivas de Guadalajara draw 1-1 in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 semifinal series.
The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.
Santos Laguna earned a 1-3 away win against Toluca in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, but even that was not enough to overturn their first-leg deficit as Toluca won the series 5-4 on aggregate.
Santos had a lot of ground to make up, needing a minimum of four goals to advance, but they came out looking to make a game of it. Alfredo Talavera made a pair of good saves to keep them from taking the lead early on, but he couldn’t keep out his own teammate in the 20th minute.
Santos Laguna’s season-long home unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt in the first game of the playoffs, where Toluca picked up an impressive 1-4 away win in the first leg of this quarterfinal series. The victory is also the first one for the Diablos Rojos in Torreón since 2004.
The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute, when Gabriel Hauche finished off a cross from Rubens Sambueza – back from suspension – to make it 0-1.
Santos Laguna fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw Toluca 2-2 in a game that finished 9 vs 10. Both teams were assured of a playoff spot going into this, but were playing for seeding; the draw sees them finish fourth and fifth, which will pit them against each other in the quarterfinals.
The hosts controlled the game early, but a 26th-minute red card to Djaniny allowed Toluca to begin to dominate. In the 35th minute, Gabriel Hauche sent a cross into the box for Pablo Barrientos, who gave the Diablos Rojos the 0-1 lead.
Querétaro came from behind to earn a 1-2 away win against Toluca on Sunday afternoon. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for the Gallos Blancos, while the Diablos Rojos have now lost two in a row.
Toluca, already ensured of a spot in the playoffs, nevertheless came out looking for a win here as they looked to challenge for the top of the table. They found the breakthrough shortly before halftime, with Fernando Uribe finishing off a cross from Jesús Méndez to make it 1-0 in the 40th minute.
Tijuana moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s games – with a 2-0 victory against Toluca. The result is a third straight win for the Xolos, who are also unbeaten in six, while the Diablos Rojos are now winless in three.
The first half was close-fought and cagey, with neither side able to stamp their authority on the game. The visitors’ most dangerous chance came from a set piece, but Gibrán Lajud was able to make the save at the end of the corner-kick sequence.
Cruz Azul earned a 0-2 away win against Toluca on Thursday night to wrap up the midweek round of rescheduled Jornada 10 games. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for La Máquina while the Diablos Rojos saw their three-game winning streak brought to a halt.
Toluca was looking to open up some space at the top of the table in front of their home crowd, but the night did not go as planned for the hosts. Despite numerous injuries and absences, Cruz Azul started the game off well and even hit the crossbar in the 14th minute with a shot by Jorge Benítez.