The Rayos lifted the trophy – their fourth cup title and their first since the 1994-95 season – in front of their home fans in a packed Estadio Victoria.
The Rayos are making their fifth appearance in the final and are looking for their fourth title; they most recently reached the final in the Clausura 2016 and last won the cup in the 1994-95 season.
Meanwhile, the Diablos Rojos are making their fourth appearance and are looking for their third title; they last reached the final in the 1988-89 season, which is also the last time they won the competition.
Toluca needed penalties to get past Zacatepec; after a 1-1 draw in regulation, the Diablos Rojos ultimately triumphed from the spot, 4-3.
Necaxa was able to beat Santos Laguna in regulation, with a 2-1 victory putting the Rayos into the final.
The game started off at a good pace and Monterrey had the first clear chance in the 8th minute, although Alfonso Blanco was able to make the save on Dorlan Pabón. The Rayados continued to have the better of the run of play, but Pachuca began to create some chances of their own.
The Copa MX schedule was disrupted by the earthquakes that struck Mexico this fall, and then the final was further pushed back as the Rayados had qualified for the league playoffs while the Tuzos traveled to the United Arab Emirates for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup.
A 1-1 first-leg draw left everything to play for here, and the Rayados grabbed a very early lead. In just the 2nd minute, Rogelio Funes Mori brought the ball down for Dorlan Pabón, whose volley beat Nahuel Guzmán to make it 1-0 (2-1) for the hosts.
Tigres UANL beat rivals Monterrey 2-1 in Sunday’s second leg (3-2 aggregate) to win the Apertura 2017 league title.
The universitarios entered the Liguilla as the second seed, and they advanced past seventh-seeded León and third-seeded América in the quarter- and semi-finals, respectively, to set up a meeting with superlíder Monterrey in the Gran Final.
A 1-1 first leg draw kept everything up in the air for the second leg of this historic Clásico Regio final, where Tigres earned a 2-1 away win to lift the title.
The Apertura 2017 league title is Tigres’ sixth. They previously won the league in the 1977-78, 1981-82, Apertura 2011, Apertura 2015, and Apertura 2016 seasons. This is coach Ricardo Ferretti’s seventh title with Tigres and his fourth league title with the club. It is his sixth Liga MX title overall.
In the first leg of this historic Clásico Regio Gran Final, Tigres UANL and Monterrey played to a 1-1 draw. It was a hard-fought game in wintry weather, with both rain and hail falling over the course of the 90 minutes – conditions that didn’t deter the 41,602 fans who were present in the Volcán.
The visitors took an early lead from a set piece. In the 8th minute, Dorlan Pabón sent a corner kick to the near post, where Nicolás Sánchez nodded the ball on. Nahuel Guzmán couldn’t keep it out and Monterrey had the 0-1 lead.
The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is a historic affair, with regional rivals Monterrey and Tigres UANL directly contesting the Liga MX title for the first time. Although there have been Clásico Regios in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the playoffs before, this is the first time the Rayados and the universitarios will go head-to-head in the final.
Tigres finished the regular season in second and advanced past 7th-seeded León in the quarterfinals and 3rd-seeded América in the semis, while Monterrey was the superlíder and beat 8th-seeded Atlas and then 4th-seeded Morelia.
Tigres will host the first leg of the Gran Final on Thursday, while Monterrey will host the decisive second leg on Sunday.
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