The Clausura 2017 champion will be decided on Sunday night when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Tigres UANL in the decisive second leg of the Gran Final.
Thursday’s first leg finished in a 2-2 draw, which leaves the series delicately balanced. There are no tiebreakers in the Gran Final, so any aggregate draw will send the game to extra time and then penalties if needed; the second leg is therefore a winner-takes-all affair.
A late brace by André-Pierre Gignac gave Tigres UANL a 2-2 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of the Clausura 2017 Gran Final. El Rebaño saw their 0-2 lead disappear in a three-minute span and the series is now delicately balanced ahead of the crucial second leg.
The universitarios came out looking to extend their winning streak in front of their home crowd, but Rodolfo Cota came up big for Chivas with saves on Lucas Zelarayán and Jesús Dueñas to keep the game goalless.
Then, in the 22nd minute, the visitors struck. Nahuel Guzmán couldn’t effectively clear a corner kick and Alan Pulido was there to make his former team pay, giving Chivas the 0-1 lead.
The Clausura 2017 Gran Final is set, and Chivas de Guadalajara and Tigres UANL will face off for the league title.
Chivas is returning to a league final for the first time since the Apertura 2006 season, and they will be looking for their 12th title – which would tie rivals América for most league championships.
Tigres, meanwhile, is looking for their sixth league title, and they are also looking to become just the third team to win back-to-back titles in the short season era, after Pumas in the Clausura 2004/Apertura 2004 and León in the Apertura 2013/Clausura 2014 seasons.
Pachuca won the inaugural Liga MX Femenil cup competition with a comprehensive 9-1 thrashing of Tijuana. The scoreline is especially impressive given that the Torneo de Copa featured shorter games, with 35- rather than 45-minute halves.
The Xolas had not conceded a single goal during the three-game group stage, but it took the Tuzas just two minutes to find the breakthrough here. Berenice Muñoz scored almost as soon as the game began by tapping in a low cross, and Pachuca added to their lead just minutes later when Yamile Franco converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0 in the 6th minute.
Liga MX Femenil, the new women’s division, launched this week with an abbreviated 12-team cup tournament. The teams were divided into three groups of four, where they faced each group opponent once. After the three games, the two teams with the best overall records advanced to the final, which will be played on Saturday, May 6th, and aired live on Univision Deportes.
Pachuca swept Group 1 with three big wins (6-1 vs Chivas, 6-2 vs Morelia, 6-1 vs Toluca) while Tijuana likewise won out in Group 3, albeit by more modest margins (three 2-0 wins, against Cruz Azul, Necaxa, and Santos Laguna).
The tournament’s best attack (18 goals for) will now face the tournament’s best defense (0 goals allowed) in the final.