The universitarios controlled possession from the opening whistle while the Xolos looked to defend and build out of the back. But just as Tijuana was getting somewhat settled on the field, Juan Carlos Valenzuela suffered an injury and had to be subbed out of the game.
This is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. Should both the aggregate and the away goals be tied at the end of a series, the higher seed will advance.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
Toluca vs Chivas de Guadalajara
Referee: Óscar Macías Romo
Assistant 1: Marcos Quintero Huitron
Assistant 2: Jimmy Acosta Montesinos
Fourth Official: Eduardo Galvan Basulto
Tigres UANL vs Tijuana
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant 1: Salvador Rodríguez Gorrocino
Assistant 2: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales
Fourth Official: Diego Montano Robles
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.
Lobos came out looking to make their home-field advantage count, and they started the game at a good pace with dangerous chances coming early on. They hit the post and then saw a header by Diego Jiménez go just wide as they pressed for the opening goal.
The visitors had the first dangerous chance through Javier López, but his shot grazed the post. Then Chivas was forced into an early substitution after an injury to Jair Pereira saw him leave the game in the 15th minute. His replacement, Michael Pérez, was then called for a foul in the box in the 28th minute, which gave Atlas a penalty kick.
Monarcas Morelia earned a 1-0 victory over Tijuana in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 quarterfinal series. The shutout may prove to be just as important as the win, as Morelia was able to prevent the Xolos from picking up any away goals.
Morelia started the game off strongly and they took the lead just 10 minutes in. Jefferson Cuero sent a low cross to the far post, where Miguel Ángel Sansores knocked it back across goal, sending the ball into Gibrán Lajud and into the back of the net.
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.
Tigres UANL took a commanding lead in this Clásico Regio quarterfinal series with a 4-1 first leg victory against Monterrey. In addition, the Rayados had Aldo de Nigris sent off, which will see him suspended for the second leg.
Playing in front of a packed house in the Volcán, Tigres took the lead in the 20th minute. Hugo González cut out a cross, but he sent the rebound directly to André-Pierre Gignac, who made it 1-0.
Tigres UANL vs Monterrey
Referee: César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos
Assistant 1: Miguel Ángel Hernández Paredes
Assistant 2: Pablo Israel Hernández Luna
Fourth Official: Diego Montaño Robles
Santos Laguna vs Toluca
Referee: Paul Enrique Delgadillo Haro
Assistant 1: Marvin César Torrentera Rivera
Assistant 2: Jorge Gerardo Dávila Cervantes
Fourth Official: Adonai Escobedo González