Monterrey beat América 4-2 on penalties to claim the Apertura 2019 title following a 3-3 aggregate draw in the Gran Final.
The Rayados had won the first leg, 2-1, but América dominated the second leg. An early would-be goal for the Águilas was disallowed for handball, but they had the ball in the net again minutes later through Federico Viñas; his 5th-minute goal stood to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.
América then appeared to take the aggregate lead in the 24th minute through Roger Martínez, but after VAR review the goal was disallowed. The hosts kept pressing, though, and they got their reward in the 40th minute when Richard Sánchez scored from outside the box to make it 2-0 (3-2 aggregate).
The Apertura 2019 Liga MX champion will be crowned this Sunday when América hosts Monterrey in the second leg of the Gran Final.
The Rayados earned a 2-1 victory in the first leg, meaning they’ll take the title with a win or a draw in this one; the Águilas will need to win by one to send the series to extra time, and by two to claim the crown outright. There are no tiebreakers in the final, so away goals are not a factor.
América overturned first-leg deficits in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, and will look to do the same here en route to what would be a record-setting 14th championship, while Monterrey will look to hold their advantage as they aim for their 5th league title.
América took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monterrey fought back for a 2-1 victory in the first leg of the Apertura 2019 Gran Final.
The first-half was a hard-fought affair, with more fouls – 18 of them – than goal-scoring chances. Monterrey looked more dangerous in possession, but when the opening goal came, it was for the visitors. Late in the half, Henry Martín played Federico Viñas in on goal; with Marcelo Barovero beaten, the unfortunate Carlos Rodríguez mis-hit an intended clearance to send the ball into his own net. His own-goal made it 0-1 for the Águilas in the 44th minute.
After a two-and-a-half week hiatus, the Liga MX playoffs resume this week with the Gran Final. Monterrey, who is fresh off winning third place in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, will host the first leg of the final against Club América this Thursday.
The 8th-seeded Rayados upset superlíder Santos Laguna with a 6-3 aggregate win in the quarterfinals before beating Necaxa 3-1 on aggregate in the semifinals; the Águilas, seeded 6th, had a bumpier road to the finals, as they had to overturn first-leg deficits in both the quarterfinals, against Tigres UANL, and the semifinals, against Monarcas Morelia.
Monterrey will now look for their fifth league title – and their first since the Apertura 2010 – while América is aiming for a record-setting 14th championship.
The final is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are not tiebreakers.
The Apertura 2019 Gran Final is set, and it’ll be 6th-seeded América taking on 8th-seeded Monterrey.
América reached the final after comebacks against Tigres UANL in the quarterfinals and Monarcas Morelia in the semis, while Monterrey got there by upsetting superlíder Santos in the quarterfinals before beating Necaxa in the semis.
Due to Monterrey’s participation in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, where they’ll be representing the confederation after winning the CONCACAF Champions League, the Liga MX playoff schedule had to be adjusted.
The Rayados will host the first leg on December 26th, while América will host the return leg on December 29th.
Cruz Azul beat Tigres UANL 2-1 on Wednesday night to become the first Leagues Cup champion.
The game, played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, was an intense one despite the newness of the competition. There was a large scuffle in the first half, with players from both sides showing high emotions. Despite the intensity, the goals were a long time in coming, with neither side wanting to concede first in a final.
The inaugural Leagues Cup competition is set to conclude this Wednesday, with two Liga MX teams vying for the title.
Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL will face off at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Los Vegas as each looks to become the first champion of the inter-league competition. Tigres reached the final after beating América on penalties, while Cruz Azul defeated the LA Galaxy, the only MLS team to get past the first round.
Mexico continued their dominance of CONCACAF on Sunday night as they beat the U.S. 1-0 to become the 2019 Gold Cup champions. That gives El Tri their record-setting 8th Gold Cup title and marks the fifth time they’ve beat the U.S. in the final in six meetings there.
The U.S. had a pair of great chances in the opening 10 minutes, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore combining well, but Guillermo Ochoa stopped Pulisic and Altidore couldn’t get his attempt on frame.
Mexico needed some time to get into the game but they created a few chances of their own as the half wore on. The game went to halftime goalless, but in the second 45 the game tilted decisively in Mexico’s favor.
The 2019 Gold Cup concludes this Sunday with a marquee final, as Mexico and the United States renew their rivalry with a trophy on the line.
Mexico holds the record for Gold Cup titles with seven, but the US would match that mark with a victory in this one. The US are also the reigning champions after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 edition.
On the other hand, these two have faced each other five times in Gold Cup finals, with Mexico winning the title four of those times, including 2011, which is the last time both CONCACAF giants made the final.
Tigres UANL claimed the Clausura 2019 title after a 1-0 aggregate victory against León in the Gran Final. The championship is the 7th for the universitarios, and Ricardo Ferretti is now tied with Ignacio Trelles for most titles won by a coach.
Tigres went into tonight’s game with the advantage after having picked up a 1-0 home win in the first leg, and that turned out to be the decisive goal as they played out a 0-0 draw in the second leg.
León, the highest-scoring team in league play, came out attacking but were frustrated by a well-organized Tigres’ defense, and were also hampered by the injury-forced substitution of Golden Boot winner Ángel Mena in the first half.