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.
Pachuca won their fifth CONCACAF Champions League title with a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) victory against Tigres UANL in the 2016-17 CCL final.
The 1-1 draw in the first leg left everything to play for tonight; Pachuca had the slight advantage of an away goal, meaning that it was Tigres who were obligated to score tonight. Although the Tuzos had the better of the run of play for most of the first half, the universitarios found two very good chances, both through André-Pierre Gignac.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League champion will be crowned this Wednesday as Pachuca and Tigres UANL play out the second leg of their final series.
The first leg, which Tigres hosted, finished 1-1, which leaves the second leg as a winner-takes-all affair. If they tie again, a 0-0 draw would give Pachuca the title, a 1-1 draw would send it to extra time, and a draw with two goals or more would crown Tigres.
The Tuzos are seeking their fifth CCL title, while the universitarios are looking for their first.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned their fourth Copa MX title with a penalty shootout win against Monarcas Morelia. After 90 goalless minutes, Miguel Jiménez became the hero as he saved three straight penalties to give Chivas the 3-1 shootout victory.
Morelia had the first clear chance of the game through Gabriel Lezcano, but his shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar. After that, Chivas began to control the run of play, although Morelia’s well-organized defense limited Guadalajara primarily to shots from mid- and long- range.
In the first leg of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League final, Tigres UANL and Pachuca drew 1-1, which leaves this series delicately balanced ahead of next week’s decisive second leg.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead just two minutes in. Raúl López took a free kick, and it took a nasty deflection off Tigres’ Eduardo Vargas to wrong-foot goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán. 0-1 for Pachuca.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League is just two games away from its conclusion, and for the 12th straight year, the tournament winner will be a Mexican team; the last non-Mexican team to lift the trophy was Costa Rica’s Saprissa in 2005.
This year’s CCL final pits Tigres UANL against Pachuca.
The Tuzos have reached the final four times, and they have won each time, in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009-10. Tigres UANL has never won; they reached the final last year, in the 2015-16 edition, but fell 4-1 to América.
The Copa MX champion will be determined this Wednesday when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Monarcas Morelia in the Gran Final.
Chivas has reached the final 11 times before, but has only won it three times; they finished runner-up on the other eight occasions – including last season, where they fell to Querétaro on penalties. Their most recent cup victory came in the Apertura 2015, where they defeated León 1-0.