The Clausura 2017 champion will be decided on Sunday night when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Tigres UANL in the decisive second leg of the Gran Final.
Thursday’s first leg finished in a 2-2 draw, which leaves the series delicately balanced. There are no tiebreakers in the Gran Final, so any aggregate draw will send the game to extra time and then penalties if needed; the second leg is therefore a winner-takes-all affair.
A late brace by André-Pierre Gignac gave Tigres UANL a 2-2 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of the Clausura 2017 Gran Final. El Rebaño saw their 0-2 lead disappear in a three-minute span and the series is now delicately balanced ahead of the crucial second leg.
The universitarios came out looking to extend their winning streak in front of their home crowd, but Rodolfo Cota came up big for Chivas with saves on Lucas Zelarayán and Jesús Dueñas to keep the game goalless.
Then, in the 22nd minute, the visitors struck. Nahuel Guzmán couldn’t effectively clear a corner kick and Alan Pulido was there to make his former team pay, giving Chivas the 0-1 lead.
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.
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.
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.