Cruz Azul has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after beating Monterrey 1-0 in the second leg of their semifinal series. The 1-0 Cruz Azul win tied the aggregate series score at 1-1; with away goals equal at zero apiece, La Máquina advanced with the higher seed tiebreaker.
It was not an easy victory for Cruz Azul, who were obligated to win this leg after losing on Wednesday night. They came out attacking but were unable to find the breakthrough, while Monterrey suffered a blow with the loss of Roldofo Pizarro to injury in the 36th minute.
Cruz Azul locked up the superlíder position and first seed for the playoffs with a 0-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result is a third straight victory for La Máquina, while the michoacanos have lost two of their last three and must now wait on other results to see if they’ll qualify for the Liguilla.
Jesús Corona didn’t travel to Morelia, with coach Pedro Caixinha choosing to rest him after his trip to Argentina with the national team, but backup keeper Guillermo Allison proved up to the task as he repeatedly denied Monarcas to preserve the shut out.
Lobos BUAP took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came from behind for a 2-1 home victory. The result guarantees La Máquina will finish the weekend in first place, and it also keeps them unbeaten at home this season, while the Licántropos saw their six-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The game started off with a lot of possession for the hosts, but they initially struggled to turn it into dangerous chances. But as the game wore on they found a few opportunities through Elías Hernández and Édgar Méndez, who forced a good save out of Toño Rodríguez to keep the score 0-0.
Cruz Azul lifted the Apertura 2018 Copa MX trophy after a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the Gran Final. This is La Máquina’s fourth Copa title and their first since the Clausura 2013 season.
The game started off with Monterrey looking the stronger, as the hosts looked to take advantage of the atmosphere provided by the 49,764 people in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer – the majority of which were supporting the Rayados.
The Apertura 2018 Copa MX wraps up on Halloween as Monterrey and Cruz Azul contest the Gran Final.
The Copa MX final consists of a single game held at the home of the highest remaining seed. Should the game be tied at the end of 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will determine the champion; no extra time will be played.
The Rayados will host this Apertura 2018 final as they look for their third cup title, having previously lifted the trophy in the 1991-92 and Apertura 2017 seasons. La Máquina, meanwhile, is looking for their fourth title after winning in 1968-69 (against Monterrey), 1996-97, and the Clausura 2013.
It was honors even in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Joven as Cruz Azul and América played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in eight games and at the top of the table, while La Máquina remains unbeaten at home but winless in two overall.
The game started off at a fast pace, with América creating the first chance in just the 2nd minute as Diego Lainez saw his shot blocked by Pablo Aguilar. Moments later at the other end, Elías Hernández put his volley just wide.
Both semifinal games went to penalty shootouts, with Monterrey and Cruz Azul eventually emerging victorious. The two will now face off for the Apertura 2018 Copa MX crown in the Gran Final on October 31st.
The Rayados beat Pachuca 4-3 on penalties after a wild 3-3 draw; after falling behind early, Monterrey took a 2-1 lead, and then a 3-2 lead despite playing a man down. Pachuca tied it in the final minute of stoppage time to send the semifinal to a shootout, but the Tuzos couldn’t keep the momentum going as misses by Raúl López and Víctor Guzmán allowed Monterrey to claim the victory.
Cruz Azul, meanwhile, came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against León, who had taken the lead in the 50th minute despite playing a man down since the 18th minute. La Máquina tied it up in the 71st and then triumphed 5-4 in the shootout, with Walter González’s miss for León proving decisive.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for a 2-1 victory against the 10-man Rayados. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season with seven straight wins, while Monterrey saw their two-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a good pace, with both sides coming out attacking. The game was an end-to-end affair for the first 15 minutes, and then Monterrey took the lead from a set piece. The visitors won a free kick a long way out, but distance proved no obstacle as César Montes headed home the service to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.
Pachuca extended their home unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-1 victory against 9-man Cruz Azul. The result snaps a two-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while La Máquina has now lost two of their last three.
The game started off with an early chance for the visitors as Adrián Aldrete tested Óscar Pérez – making his first league start since November 2017 – in the 2nd minute, but it was the hosts who took the early lead.
Cruz Azul got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Atlas. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season, while the Rojinegros remain winless in the Apertura 2018.
Cruz Azul came out attacking as they looked to put their first loss of the season behind them. They took the lead in the 18th minute, when Adrián Aldrete scored a golazo from outside the box as he recovered a loose ball in midfield, took it downfield, and then sent his shot from distance into the upper corner to make it 1-0.