Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with León in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. That draw was all they needed however; with the aggregate tied 2-2, and away goals level at one apiece, Tigres advanced as the higher seed.
León started the game off well and they had the first good chance of the game through Álvaro Ramos, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save. Tigres had several early chances as well, with André-Pierre Gignac looking particularly dangerous.
In the first leg of their quarterfinal series, León and Tigres UANL played out a 1-1 draw after La Fiera took the lead but failed to hold it.
The visiting Tigres had the better of the chances in the first half, with André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas trying their luck, but the universitarios didn’t really threaten William Yarbrough’s goal.
The eight finalists are known and the seeds are set. Monterrey, Tigres UANL, América, Monarcas Morelia, Toluca, Cruz Azul, León, and Atlas will now face off for the Apertura 2017 title.
The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs in midweek and the return legs over the weekend. There is one clásico in this round, with América and Cruz Azul contesting the Clásico Joven.
Chivas de Guadalajara closed out their season with a 0-2 away win against León. El Rebaño were already out of playoff contention before kickoff, while León, already qualified, was looking to improve their seeding.
The hosts had chances from the opening whistle, with Mauro Boselli, Andrés Andrade, and Elías Hernández all causing problems for Guadalajara’s defense. However, La Fiera couldn’t find the breakthrough and Chivas grew into the game.
León took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tijuana came back for a 2-1 win. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the Xolos while ending a two-game unbeaten streak for La Fiera.
The game started off well for the visitors, with León taking the lead in the 16th minute. Juan Cornejo played a give-and-go with Andrés Andrade, with the Chilean getting the ball back inside the box, taking a touch, and sending his shot into the far corner to make it 0-1.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended eight players, upheld a red card appeal, and opened an investigation into a coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 15 games.
Alexander Mejía of León and Jaine Barreiro of Atlas were given one-game suspensions for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, while Osvaldo González of Toluca and Nicolás Castillo of Pumas UNAM were suspended one game for a lack of respect towards the match officials.
León demolished Veracruz 6-2 in this game that finished 10 vs 10. The result is a fourth straight home victory for La Fiera, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost three in a row and are winless in five.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the third minute. Elías Hernández played in Andrés Andrade, who finished off the service to make it 1-0 for León.
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX knockout rounds got underway this Tuesday with the first four Round of Sixteen games. Three of them were decided by penalty shootouts as Tijuana, Atlante, América, and Querétaro moved on to the quarterfinals.
Monarcas Morelia 2-2 Tijuana (2-4 shootout)
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead before Morelia fought back to 2-2, but the Xolos ultimately triumphed in the penalty shootout. Damián Pérez put the Xolos ahead in the 26th minute when he brought the ball down with his chest and then sent a volley into the left corner.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Monarcas Morelia and León played out a 0-0 draw that featured two missed penalties. The result ends a three-game winning streak for the michoacanos but keeps them unbeaten in four, while La Fiera are now winless in two.
Morelia won a penalty in just the second minute of the game when Nacho González was called for a foul on Gabriel Achilier following a corner kick. Raúl Rudíaz stepped up to take the spot kick, but he sent it against the post to keep it 0-0.
León beat Tigres UANL by the minimum difference to extend their winning streak to five games. The result ends a six-game unbeaten streak for the universitarios.
Tigres dominated possession in the first half, but chances were few and far between for both sides. León’s Elías Hernández had one of the clearer opportunities of the opening stanza, but his shot was deflected wide of goal.