Necaxa scored in stoppage time to earn a 2-1 win against Monarcas Morelia. The result is a second consecutive win for the Rayos and a second consecutive loss for the Monaraquía; it also leaves Morelia winless in five and drops them into last place in the relegation standings, pending Veracruz’s result on Sunday.
The visitors had a pair of chances in the opening minutes, but a deflection kept the first one out and the second was off target. Then, in the 10th minute, Necaxa opened the scoring. Edson Puch received the ball outside the box and sent his low shot past the keeper to make it 1-0.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned their fourth Copa MX title with a penalty shootout win against Monarcas Morelia. After 90 goalless minutes, Miguel Jiménez became the hero as he saved three straight penalties to give Chivas the 3-1 shootout victory.
Morelia had the first clear chance of the game through Gabriel Lezcano, but his shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar. After that, Chivas began to control the run of play, although Morelia’s well-organized defense limited Guadalajara primarily to shots from mid- and long- range.
The Copa MX champion will be determined this Wednesday when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Monarcas Morelia in the Gran Final.
Chivas has reached the final 11 times before, but has only won it three times; they finished runner-up on the other eight occasions – including last season, where they fell to Querétaro on penalties. Their most recent cup victory came in the Apertura 2015, where they defeated León 1-0.
Despite finishing the game with 10 men, León did enough to earn a 1-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result ends Morelia’s six-game unbeaten streak and instead leaves them winless in four, while León remains unbeaten on the road in three.
The loss keeps Morelia right in the thick of the relegation fight; with rivals Veracruz and Jaguares also losing this weekend, this would have been a good opportunity for Morelia to earn some separation from the pack. But despite Morelia’s need for a victory, it was the visitors who struck first – and early.
Neither side could find the breakthrough as Pachuca and Monarcas Morelia played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Tuzos winless – and goalless – in four, although they remain unbeaten at home this season. Morelia remains winless in three but unbeaten in six with the draw.
The visitors had the first few chances of the game, with Raúl Ruidíaz in particular looking dangerous, but around the 20th minute Pachuca began to take control of the game.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as a late goal gave Monarcas Morelia a 1-1 draw. The result keeps La Máquina winless in three while Morelia is winless in two but unbeaten in five.
The game was initially fairly even. Although the hosts enjoyed more possession of the ball, it was the visitors who found the first chance. In the 22nd minute, Raúl Ruidíaz was in good position in the box but couldn’t make contact with the cross.
Monarcas Morelia booked their spot in the Gran Final of the Clausura 2017 Copa MX with a late 1-0 victory against Cruz Azul.
It was the visiting Máquina who started the game off better, with Joao Rojas and Jorge Benítez creating some dangerous chances in the early going.
Cruz Azul’s best opportunity of the half came just after the half-hour mark, when Martín Rodríguez got his head to a cross from Ángel Mena; however, Sebastián Sosa made a good save to keep the game goalless.