In a wild game where both teams led at one point or another, FC Juárez and Pumas UNAM ultimately drew 4-4. The result keeps the Bravos winless in the Clausura 2020 – but gives them their first point – while the universitarios remain unbeaten.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 11th minute with one of their first dangerous plays of the game. Mauro Fernández got in behind the defense on the right and played the ball across for Darío Lezcano, who knocked it home to make it 1-0 for FC Juárez.
In a January 4th preseason friendly between FC Juárez and UACH FC, Bravos midfielder Gabriel Hachen struck the referee.
The Liga MX Disciplinary Committee opened an investigation into the incident, and they announced the sanction today: a one-year suspension from all official soccer competitions endorsed by the Mexican Football Federation.
The 29-year-old Argentinian was also given an undisclosed fine.
Hacen joined FC Juárez in 2018, when the Bravos were still in Ascenso MX. He’s made 40 league appearances for the club between Ascenso MX and Liga MX, as well as six cup appearances. He scored 11 goals for Juárez in that span.
Víctor Guzmán had an “adverse analytic result” to the anti-doping test administered on August 10, 2019, during Jornada 4 of the Apertura 2019 season.
ESPN reports that Guzmán tested positive for “a prohibited substance of ‘social use’”. On his Instagram account, Guzmán denied having taken any banned substances and stated that he has requested the “B sample” be tested as well.
The 24-year-old Guzmán had made the move from Pachuca to Chivas de Guadalajara for the Clausura 2020 season, but he was pulled from Guadalajara’s week one match day roster after Chivas learned of the test result. On Monday, Chivas officially announced that Guzmán “will no longer form part of our squad”, and that the transfer will be annulled, with Guzmán returning to Pachuca.
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).
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.
Monterrey claimed third place in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup by beating Al-Hilal 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The result matches Monterrey’s previous best finish in the tournament, which they earned in 2012.
Monterrey had the first good chance of the game in the 14th minute, when Ángel Zaldívar played in Arturo González, but Abdullah Al-Mayoof made a kick-save to deny “Ponchito”. Despite a few more chances for the Rayados, it was the AFC champions who took the lead.
In the 35th minute, Carlos Eduardo headed home a cross from Yasser Al-Shahrani to give Al-Hilal the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Monterrey will look to match their best-ever FIFA Club World Cup finish when they take on Al-Hilal in the third-place game this Saturday.
The Rayados suffered a harsh loss to Liverpool in the semifinals after conceding a stoppage-time goal to fall 2-1 to the UEFA champions. Their opponent in this one, Al-Hilal – the AFC champion – fell 3-1 to Flamengo in their semifinal.
Both teams will look to end the tournament on a positive note with a win in this one.
A stoppage-time goal by Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory against Monterrey in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup semifinals.
The UEFA champions were the heavy favorites going into this one – despite a number of absences due to injury and illness – but Monterrey made them work hard for their victory. While Liverpool had the majority of possession early, a makeshift back line let the Rayados through several times on the counter, albeit without an end product.