Alianza and Monterrey left it all to play for in the second leg of their Round of Sixteen series after a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night.
The hosts came out with a high press as they looked to surprise Monterrey, but they couldn’t do much to trouble Marcelo Barovero in goal. The pressure did keep the Rayados from mounting any incisive attacks of their own, however, despite attempts by Dorlan Pabón and Avilés Hurtado to get the offense into gear.
Santos Laguna is firmly in the driver’s seat of this CONCACAF Champions League Round of Sixteen series after picking up a 2-6 away win against Marathón.
Santos took the game to the Hondurans from the beginning, and they opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Marcelo Correa received a long throw, turned past his defender, and fired past the keeper from a tight angle to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Saprissa edged out Tigres UANL in the first leg of their Round of Sixteen series with a 1-0 victory, a scoreline that still leaves a lot to play for in next week’s second leg.
Tigres had chances throughout the game, with their first coming in the 7th minute. Eduardo Vargas played in Enner Valencia, but his shot was blocked by the defense. Vargas then tried his luck with a shot from outside the box that the keeper sent out for a corner kick.
The Apertura 2018 playoffs continue this Thursday with the first leg of the Gran Final between Cruz Azul and América.
The final is a two-legged, home-and-away series (although in this case both legs are being played at the Estadio Azteca, which Cruz Azul has been sharing with América this season) decided by aggregate score.
Unlike in the prior rounds of the playoffs, away goals are not tiebreakers, nor is seeding. If the second leg of the final finishes level on aggregate, the game will go to extra time and then penalties if needed.
Chivas de Guadalajara picked up a 1-0 victory against the 10-man New York Red Bulls in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.
After a fairly even start to the game, Chivas took the lead thanks to a defensive miscue. Tyler Adams turned the ball over near midfield as he tried to play out of the box, with Rodolfo Pizarro quickly countering; he laid the ball off for Isaác Brizuela, who slid it into the lower corner to make it 1-0 in the 26th minute.
Toronto FC picked up a 3-1 victory against América in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series on a cold, rainy night at BMO Field.
The hosts opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot. In the 8th minute, Edson Álvarez was called for bringing down Sebastian Giovinco in the box, and the Italian stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick. He sent Agustín Marchesín the wrong way to give Toronto the 1-0 lead.