Chivas started the game off strongly and nearly opened the scoring just a minute in, when Alan Pulido found Ángel Zaldívar, but Pedro Gallese was able to react and save Zaldívar’s attempt on the line.
It will be a Liga MX team lifting the trophy, as the last Ascenso MX representative was knocked out in the quarterfinals.
The semifinal match-ups are as follows:
Lucas da Silva opened the scoring for the Bravos in the 30th minute, when he finished off a corner kick to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Chivas pushed for a tying goal and Carlos Fierro nearly found one on a pair of occasions, but he first sent his shot wide and then was denied by a great save by Cirilo Saucedo.
The winners from the round of sixteen have now been paired up for the quarterfinals, which will feature seven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX.
The quarterfinal match-ups are as follows:
The two most notable suspensions go to Rubens Sambueza of Toluca and Andrés Andrade of León, who are indefinitely suspended until the Committee can make a definitive ruling. Sambueza and Andrade were both involved in red-card challenges that resulted in significant injury (to Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively).
The clubs of the injured players have requested the disqualification of Sambueza and Andrade for the duration of Brizuela and Ibarra’s injury layoffs.
Chivas looked the better side for much of the first half, but they weren’t able to capitalize on their opportunities. Finally, just before halftime, Oswaldo Alanís’s header was redirected into the net by the unfortunate Mario Valdez, whose own-goal made it 1-0.
In the second half, “Chofis” López made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute to put Chivas in firm control of the game.
“El Conejo” was diagnosed with a third-degree right ankle sprain caused by the tackle by Rubens Sambueza, who was red-carded for the play.
That initial diagnosis, which would have seen Brizuela sidelined for 4-6 weeks, turned out to be optimistic. Team doctor Alberto Robles reported that, in addition to the sprain, Brizuela suffered a maisonneuve fracture that will require surgery.
Chivas de Guadalajara moved into first place in the table with a 2-0 victory over 9-man Toluca. The result extends el Rebaño’s home unbeaten streak to three games while the Diablos Rojos have now lost two in a row.
The hosts took the lead just past the half-hour mark, when Ángel Zaldívar slipped his marker and played in Alan Pulido, whose diagonal shot made it 1-0 for Chivas.
Chivas de Guadalajara had a two-goal lead at halftime but ended up falling 4-3 to Jaguares de Chiapas. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for Jaguares while ending a four-game unbeaten run for El Rebaño.
The game couldn’t have started better for Chivas, who took the lead after just two minutes. Moisés Muñoz made the initial save on Javier López, but the rebound fell to Rodolfo Pizarro, who made it 0-1.
Atlante 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 6)
Atlante took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 1-3 away win in this Group 6 match. The victory ensures Chivas will advance to the knockout rounds of the Copa MX. The opening goal came in the 24th minute through Fernando Espinosa, whose shot from the center of the box made it 1-0.
Chivas had to wait until the second half to find a goal of their own, with Carlos Fierro making it 1-1 in the 61st minute. A few minutes later, both teams were reduced to 10 men with the sending offs of Carlos Cauich and Hedgardo Marín. Ultimately it was Chivas who took advantage of the extra space on the field, with goals from Eduardo López in the 84th minute and Michelle Benítez in stoppage time to give them the 1-3 victory.
With the 1-3 win, Chivas reaches 10 points while Atlante still has four.