Toluca 3-0 Veracruz
León 1-8 Tigres UANL
Santos Laguna 0-0 Necaxa
Monarcas Morelia 1-7 América
Pumas UNAM 1-1 Tijuana
Monterrey 4-1 Atlas
Chivas de Guadalajara 6-2 Querétaro
Pachuca 1-1 Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul 0-2 Monarcas Morelia
Necaxa 0-1 Chivas de Guadalajara
Veracruz 1-1 Pumas UNAM
Querétaro 0-2 Monterrey
Atlas 2-1 León
América 3-0 Toluca
Tijuana 1-2 Pachuca
Tigres UANL 7-1 Santos Laguna
At the end of Llave 2 of the Clausura 2016 Copa MX, Chivas de Guadalajara, Tijuana, Pachuca, Mineros de Zacatecas, Veracruz, and Venados top their respective groups, with Necaxa and Coras Tepic currently the two best second-place teams. If the group stage ended today, those eight teams would advance to the quarterfinals. Continue reading
Mexico picked up an away win in Honduras for the first time in 22 years with a 0-2 defeat of the Catrachos. The victory keeps Mexico perfect in World Cup Qualifying, while Honduras now has back-to-back losses and could be in some serious trouble.
The first half was a physical, hard-fought affair that was overshadowed by a gruesome leg injury suffered by Honduras’s Luis Garrido after a collision with Javier Aquino. After a lengthy spell of treatment on the field, Garrido was stretched off and replaced by Arnold Peralta.
In the second half, Mexico’s quality began to show through, although Raúl Jiménez spurned a golden opportunity early in the half. After Noel Valladares blocked a shot by “Chicharito” Hernández, the ball fell to Jiménez, only for the striker to shoot over the bar from within the six-yard box.
Juan Carlos Osorio turned to his bench in the 60th minute, and his substitution paid off almost immediately. Jesús Manuel Corona scored Mexico’s opening goal with a volley in the 67th minute after Honduras failed to clear a free kick.
The process repeated itself minutes later, with Osorio sending Jürgen Damm on in the 69th minute and the substitute scoring in the 72nd. Damm won the ball along the sideline and drove into the box, faked a cross, and then fired past the helpless keeper to put Mexico ahead 0-2.
Honduras was unable to recover from conceding two goals in five minutes and Mexico controlled the pace of the game for the final twenty minutes. However, it wasn’t all good news for El Tri; in the 84th minute, Oswaldo Alanís suffered an off-the-ball injury and had to be stretchered off, leaving Mexico to see out the final few minutes with 10 men.
With the 0-2 win, Mexico reaches six points while Honduras remains on zero.
The next round of games isn’t until March, when Mexico will visit Canada on the 25th and host them on the 29th, while Honduras and El Salvador play each other home and away on those same dates.
Honduras: Noel Valladares, Wilmer Crisanto, Johnny Palacios, Maynor Figueroa, Johnny Leveron (Carlos Discua 69′), Emilio Izaguirre, Óscar García, Luis Garrido (Arnold Peralta 42′), Erick Salvador Andino, Mario Martínez, Rubilio Castillo (Jerry Bengtson 60′).
Mexico: Alfredo Talavera, Miguel Layún, Hugo Ayala, Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Oswaldo Alanís, Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado, Javier Aquino (Jesús Manuel Corona 60′), Javier Hernández (Jürgen Damm 69′), Raúl Jiménez (José Juan Vázquez 77′).
Group Table – Group A
Tigres UANL needed just a draw to claim the final spot in the quarterfinals of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League, and they got exactly that against Herediano. The 0-0 draw in the last Group B match sends Tigres through and eliminates the Costa Ricans.
Tigres had the better of the run of play to start the match, with Javier Aquino and Damián Álvarez peppering the box with crosses from the wings. André-Pierre Gignac got on the end of several of them, but he was unable to convert.
Herediano grew into the game and had a dangerous chance of their own at the end of the half, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save on Allan Miranda.
The onus was on the visitors, as they needed a win to advance, but Tigres has the best defensive record in Liga MX and that form carried over to tonight’s CCL match. Herediano was limited to just five shots – three on goal – and none of them got past Guzmán.
Tigres, with nearly three times as many opportunities, had plenty of chances to put the game to bed, but they were ultimately unable to break the deadlock either.
With the 0-0 draw, Tigres reach eight points while Herediano reaches five.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Jesús Dueñas, José Rivas, Iván Estrada, Egidio Arévalo, Damián Álvarez (Jürgen Damm 45′), Javier Aquino (José Francisco Torres 69′), Rafael Sobis, André-Pierre Gignac.
Herediano: Leonel Moreira, Keyner Brown, Mauricio Núñez, Dave Myrie, Allan Miranda, José Sánchez (Edder Nelson Martin 55′), Ronny Mora (Yosimar Arias 65′), Randall Azofeifa, Elías Aguilar, Gabriel Gómez (Johan Condega Hernández 74′), Kenny Cunningham.
Group Table – Group B
With qualification all-but-assured – América simply needed to avoid losing by five goals – Ignacio Ambriz put out a largely second-choice lineup in Honduras. The hosts took advantage of that to score via a defensive error.
In the 15th minute, Gil Burón played a backpass to Hugo González, but the ball never reached the goalkeeper. Erick Andino intercepted it, went one-on-one with González, and beat him to give Motagua the 1-0 lead.
The goal gave the Hondurans some hope of a comeback, but América stood firm after that and began to find some chances of their own, primarily through Martín Zúñiga. Then, in the second half, Marvin Barrios was given a straight red card for a foul on Osmar Mares. Playing with an extra man, América was able to find the equalizer in the waning minutes of the game.
In the 87th minute, Michael Arroyo finished off a pass from Carlos Darwin Quintero to make it 1-1 and seal América’s advancement. The Águilas will have a chance to defend their title in the knockout rounds, which won’t begin until March.
With the 1-1 draw, América reaches ten points while Motagua reaches seven.
Motagua: Marlon Licona López, Wilmer Crisanto, Juan Montes, Júnior Izaguirre, Orlin Peralta (César Oseguera 34′), Félix Crisanto, Reinieri Mayorquin, Irvin Reyna, Santiago Vergara, Israel Silva (Kevin López 47′), Erick Andino (Marvin Barrios 61′).
América: Hugo González, Gil Burón, Paolo Goltz, Erik Pimentel, Osmar Mares, Andrés Andrade (Carlos Rosel 80′), Javier Güemez, José Daniel Guerrero (Francisco Rivera 86′), Rubens Sambueza, Michael Arroyo, Martín Zúñiga (Carlos Darwin Quintero 69′).
Group Table – Group E
Santos Laguna needed a victory in the final game of Group A play to book their spot in the quarterfinals; they got it in style with a 6-1 thrashing of Saprissa. The loss eliminates the Costa Ricans from this edition of the CONCACAF Champions League.
After a largely even first half, in which Santos took the lead through a Bryan Rabello header in the 38th minute, the game exploded into life in the second half.
Minutes after the interval, Saprissa tied the game through halftime substitute Mynor Escoe, who got in behind the defense and beat Agustín Marchesín in the 48th minute. However, Santos reclaimed the lead just three minutes later.
In the 51st minute, Djaniny Tavares made it 2-1 with a half-volley inside the box, and after that it was all Santos. Djaniny assisted Luis Mendoza for Santos’s third in the 55th minute to give the hosts some breathing room; then, the Laguneros began to run up the score.
In the 67th minute, Carlos Izquierdoz headed home a set piece to make it four; two minutes after that, Diego González snuck the ball past the keeper from an acute angle to give Santos the 5-1 lead.
Then, in the waning moments of the game, Alonso Escoboza added a sixth to complete the thrashing and see Santos into the CCL quarterfinals.
With the 6-1 win, Santos reaches nine points while Saprissa remains on six.
Santos: Agustín Marchesín, José Javier Abella, Néstor Araujo, César Ibáñez, Carlos Izquierdoz, Jesús Molina, Diego González, Bryan Rabello, Luis Mendoza (Javier Orozco 78′), Djaniny Tavares (Alonso Escoboza 74′), Andrés Rentería (Néstor Calderón 45′).
Saprissa: Danny Carvajal, Afoldo Machado, Christian Bolaños, Gabriel Badilla (Ariel Rodríguez 58′), Francisco Calvo, Néstor Monge (Mynor Escoe 45′), Diego Estrada (Ulises Segura 45′), Juan Bustos, Hansell Arauz, David Ramírez, Daniel Colindres.
Group Table – Group A
The game started off brightly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 14th minute. José Francisco Torres sent in a free kick, and Antonio Briseño jumped highest at the far post to make it 0-1.
However, Briseño would go from hero to villain shortly thereafter, when he fouled Elías Aguilar just inside the box to give Herediano a penalty kick. Jonathan Hansen took it and converted it, sending Nahuel Guzmán the wrong way to make it 1-1 in the 32nd.
Just minutes into the second half, the night got even worse for Tigres. Damián Álvarez felt he was fouled by Ranfall Azofeifa, and his confrontation with the Costa Rican led referee Jonathan Polanco to issue a straight red card as Álvarez kicked out at Azofeifa.
Down a man on the road, Tigres fell back into a defensive formation as Herediano began to attack in earnest. Guzmán made a number of saves to preserve the draw as Herediano outshot Tigres 8-2.
With the 1-1 draw, Herediano and Tigres both reach four points.
Herediano: Leonel Moreira, Keyner Brown, Allan Albertazzi, Dave Myrie, Édgar Solís (Johan Condega Hernández 65′), Elías Aguilar, Randall Azofeifa, Esteban Granados, José Sánchez Barquero (Jean Scott 74′), Jonathan Hansen, Kenny Cunningham (Ronny Mora 79′).
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jorge Torres Nilo, Alonso Zamora, Antonio Briseño, Jorge Estrada, Egidio Arévalo, Damián Álvarez, Manuel Viniegra, José Francisco Torres (Édgar Lugo 46′), Jürgen Damm (Uvaldo Luna 60′), Joffre Guerrón (Luis Castillo 82′).
Group Table – Group B
Mineros de Zacatecas 0-0 Monarcas Morelia
Mineros de Zacatecas and Monarcas Morelia played to a goalless draw on Tuesday night, which gave Morelia the bonus Llave point on the strength of their 2-1 aggregate victory.
Monarcas generated more chances than their hosts, but the likes of Carlos Ochoa, Mauro Cejas, and Óscar Fernández were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. Zacatecas will be much the happier with the draw, as it gives the Liga de Ascenso side their first point of the tournament.
With the draw, Mineros reach one point while Morelia reaches 10.
Chivas de Guadalajara 1-1 Coras Tepic
Coras Tepic ended Chivas’s perfect run in the Copa MX with a late equalizer, but Chivas de Guadalajara is still unbeaten and they also earned the bonus Llave point for their 2-1 aggregate victory.
Marco Fabián opened the scoring in the 24th minute for the home team when he received the ball from Isaác Brizuela and dibbled unmarked into the box to score. However, the half would end on a sour note for Chivas as Michel Vázquez was sent off after a harsh tackle earned him his second yellow card of the night. In the second half, Coras took advantage of their extra man and found the equalizer through Fernando Fonseca, whose header made it 1-1 in the 85th minute.
With the draw and the bonus point, Chivas reaches 12 points while Coras Tepic reaches two.
Group Table – Group 4
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