Tijuana came out looking to make their home-field advantage count as they needed to overturn the first-leg deficit against a Tigres side that has looked very dangerous in the playoffs. The Xolos found their first clear chance in the 13th minute, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save on Milton Caraglio’s header.
Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 with Toluca in the second leg of their semifinal series, resulting in a 2-2 aggregate score. With away goals level at one apiece, the higher-seed tiebreaker went into effect, putting Chivas in the final as the third seed to Toluca’s fourth.
Chivas was in the better position going into tonight, thanks to their away goal in the first leg as well as their position as the higher seed; all they needed to do was maintain the 0-0 scoreline to move on, but the hosts were eager to score a goal or two to give themselves even more security. In the 10th minute, Orbelín Pineda came close, only to be denied by the crossbar.
The universitarios controlled possession from the opening whistle while the Xolos looked to defend and build out of the back. But just as Tijuana was getting somewhat settled on the field, Juan Carlos Valenzuela suffered an injury and had to be subbed out of the game.
The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.
The Xolos had the league’s most prolific attack in the regular season, and they were looking to show that their shutout loss to Morelia in the first leg was simply a fluke. All Tijuana needed here was one goal, and they were determined to get it.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned a 1-0 home victory against Atlas in the second leg of this Clásico Tapatío quarterfinal series. That win knotted the aggregate at 1-1, and with no away goals in play to serve as tiebreaker, Chivas advanced as the higher seed – third to Atlas’s sixth.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to overturn the narrow first-leg deficit, and Chivas had the ball in the back of the net within the opening minute. However, Alan Pulido’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Santos Laguna earned a 1-3 away win against Toluca in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, but even that was not enough to overturn their first-leg deficit as Toluca won the series 5-4 on aggregate.
Santos had a lot of ground to make up, needing a minimum of four goals to advance, but they came out looking to make a game of it. Alfredo Talavera made a pair of good saves to keep them from taking the lead early on, but he couldn’t keep out his own teammate in the 20th minute.
Tigres UANL picked up a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the second leg of their Clásico Regio quarterfinal series to confirm the universitarios’ place in the semifinals with a 6-1 aggregate victory.
The series was all-but-decided after Tigres earned an emphatic 4-1 win in the first leg, but Monterrey was looking to salvage some pride, if not the series, in their home leg. The Rayados started the game off at a good pace, but they were unable to find an early goal to give them hope.
The visitors had the first dangerous chance through Javier López, but his shot grazed the post. Then Chivas was forced into an early substitution after an injury to Jair Pereira saw him leave the game in the 15th minute. His replacement, Michael Pérez, was then called for a foul in the box in the 28th minute, which gave Atlas a penalty kick.
Monarcas Morelia earned a 1-0 victory over Tijuana in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 quarterfinal series. The shutout may prove to be just as important as the win, as Morelia was able to prevent the Xolos from picking up any away goals.
Morelia started the game off strongly and they took the lead just 10 minutes in. Jefferson Cuero sent a low cross to the far post, where Miguel Ángel Sansores knocked it back across goal, sending the ball into Gibrán Lajud and into the back of the net.