León are typically hard to beat at home, and FC Juárez made things harder on themselves with an early red card. In the 27th minute, José Esquivel was sent off for a foul on Jean Meneses, leaving the visitors to play down a man for more than an hour.
León earned a comprehensive 0-4 away win against a Querétaro side that missed a PK when the game was still goalless. The result gives La Fiera two wins in a row, while the Gallos Blancos saw their unbeaten start to the Apertura brought to a decisive halt.
Querétaro started the game off strongly, with several attacking forays. In the 22nd minute, it looked like their pressure would pay off when Andrés Mosquera brought down Enrique Triverio in the box. The referee pointed to the penalty spot – and also showed Mosquera a red.
Chivas de Guadalajara’s comeback attempt fell just short as León held on for a 4-3 victory. The result keeps La Fiera unbeaten at home this season, while ending a three-game unbeaten run for El Rebaño.
León started the game off strongly and they kept the ball in the visitors’ defensive third. Then, in the 16th minute, Josécarlos van Rankin brought down Jean Meneses in the box and León had the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. José Juan Macías took and converted the PK to give the hosts the 1-0 lead.
A stoppage-time goal earned Monterrey the win as they came from behind to beat León 3-2. The result gives the Rayados their first win of the season in their first home game, while La Fiera suffered their first loss of the Apertura.
The night started off well for the visitors, who moved the ball well, got consistently into the attack, and opened the scoring in the 17th minute. From a corner kick, the ball was nodded on to the far post, where Ismael Sosa stooped to head the ball home and give León the 0-1 lead.
Fernando Navarro of León was given a one-game suspension for serious foul play, while Alexis Peña of Necaxa was suspended one game for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Carlos Salcedo of Tigres UANL will miss the next two games; he was given a one-game suspension for serious foul play, and an additional game for using offensive and/or insulting language and/or gestures.
The hosts started the game off well and came close to opening the scoring in the 5th minute. Agustín Marchesín came off his line to cut out a long ball into the box, but failed to deal with it; Luis Montes got to the ball but couldn’t put it on frame.
Carlos Guerrero of León and Rodrigo Salinas of Toluca were both given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Julio César Domínguez of Cruz Azul was suspended one game for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
León appeared to have taken the lead just minutes in, but the would-be goal was controversially disallowed. In the 5th minute, Ismael Sosa received the ball in the box but had it taken away before he could shoot; however, failed to clear it and Sosa won the ball back and put it into the net, only for a foul to be called.
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.