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).
The Apertura 2019 Liga MX champion will be crowned this Sunday when América hosts Monterrey in the second leg of the Gran Final.
The Rayados earned a 2-1 victory in the first leg, meaning they’ll take the title with a win or a draw in this one; the Águilas will need to win by one to send the series to extra time, and by two to claim the crown outright. There are no tiebreakers in the final, so away goals are not a factor.
América overturned first-leg deficits in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, and will look to do the same here en route to what would be a record-setting 14th championship, while Monterrey will look to hold their advantage as they aim for their 5th league title.
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.
The Apertura 2019 Gran Final is set, and it’ll be 6th-seeded América taking on 8th-seeded Monterrey.
América reached the final after comebacks against Tigres UANL in the quarterfinals and Monarcas Morelia in the semis, while Monterrey got there by upsetting superlíder Santos in the quarterfinals before beating Necaxa in the semis.
Due to Monterrey’s participation in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, where they’ll be representing the confederation after winning the CONCACAF Champions League, the Liga MX playoff schedule had to be adjusted.
The Rayados will host the first leg on December 26th, while América will host the return leg on December 29th.
Tigres UANL claimed the Clausura 2019 title after a 1-0 aggregate victory against León in the Gran Final. The championship is the 7th for the universitarios, and Ricardo Ferretti is now tied with Ignacio Trelles for most titles won by a coach.
Tigres went into tonight’s game with the advantage after having picked up a 1-0 home win in the first leg, and that turned out to be the decisive goal as they played out a 0-0 draw in the second leg.
León, the highest-scoring team in league play, came out attacking but were frustrated by a well-organized Tigres’ defense, and were also hampered by the injury-forced substitution of Golden Boot winner Ángel Mena in the first half.
Tigres UANL took the advantage in the first leg of the Clausura 2019 Gran Final with a 1-0 victory against León.
Tigres came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use, and they had a pair of early opportunities through André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas. At the other end, Vinicio Angulo had a chance in the 9th minute after being played in by Ángel Mena, but he couldn’t put his attempt on target.
The Clausura 2019 champion will be determined this week as León and Tigres UANL face off in the Gran Final.
Top seed León is making their 13th appearance in the final and is seeking their 8th title; their most recent championship came in the Clausura 2014 season. Second-seeded Tigres UANL is making their 12th appearance in the final and is looking for their 7th title; they won most recently in the Apertura 2017 season.
The semifinals have wrapped up and the top two seeds have advanced and will now face off for the Clausura 2019 Liga MX title.
Top seed León split their semifinal series with América, winning the first leg 0-1 and losing the second by the same scoreline. With the aggregate and away goals both level, León advanced as the higher seed.
It was the same story in the other semifinal, where rivals Tigres UANL and Monterrey each won their home leg 1-0; with the aggregate level and away goals not a factor, Tigres advanced as the higher seed.
In the first leg of the Clásico Regio CONCACAF Champions League final, Monterrey took the lead in the series with a narrow 0-1 away win against Tigres UANL.
Tigres’ home-field advantage proved somewhat lacking in the first half; despite the vociferous crowd in El Volcán, the visitors dominated play. Nahuel Guzmán was repeatedly called into action to deny Monterrey the opening goal, as he made saves against Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Rofoldo Pizarro.