Monarcas Morelia earned a comfortable away win on Thursday night as they beat 10-man Atlas 1-3. The result gives the michoacanos their first win of the Clausura 2020, while the Rojinegros have now lost three of their last four.
Chances were few and far between in the first half, but Morelia was able to grab the lead in the 36th minute. From a corner kick, Aldo Rocha knocked the ball back into the center, where Fernando Aristeguita sent a bicycle kick towards goal for José Cortes got an unconventional final touch with his stomach to make it 0-1.
FC Juárez earned a comfortable 3-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia to close out Jornada 3. The result gives the Bravos their first win of the season and keeps them unbeaten at home, while the michoacanos are still winless in the Clausura 2020.
FC Juárez came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use, and their persistence paid off in the 26th minute. Jefferson Intriago sent a long free kick into the box, and Flavio Santos headed it past Sebastián Sosa to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Monterrey and Monarcas Morelia had to settle for a 2-2 draw. This was the season opener for the reigning champs (with their Jornada 1 game postponed to February), while the result keeps the michoacanos winless in two.
The hosts had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 21st minute, when Miguel Ángel Sansores was called for a foul on Nicolás Sánchez in the box. VAR upheld the penalty call and in the 25th minute, Sánchez stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
América earned a 2-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia in the second leg of their semifinal series to level the aggregate at 2-2. With away goals not coming into play, the Águilas earned a place in the Gran Final thanks to the higher-seed tiebreaker.
América came into this one needing to score at least two goals, and they went on the attack from the beginning. The breakthrough came in the 37th minute, when Renato Ibarra’s shot from outside the box took a deflection off the defense and beat Sebastián Sosa to make it 1-0 (1-2 aggregate).
While both teams finished the first leg of this semifinal series with 10 men, Morelia had a numerical advantage for most of the second half and they made it count as they grabbed a 2-0 victory against América.
Morelia came out attacking as they looked to make their home-field advantage count, and they had some early chances, most notably when Edison Flores tested Memo Ochoa in the 8th minute. Then, in the 16th, Rodrigo Millar played Luis Mendoza in behind the defense; he drove towards goal and then slid the ball across the top of the six-yard box for Fernando Aristeguieta, who stabbed it home.
León took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia came back to earn a 1-2 win in the second leg of this quarterfinal series. That result puts La Monarquía through to the semifinals with a 5-4 aggregate victory.
The 3-3 draw from the first leg made this game a winner-takes-all affair, but the onus to score was all on Morelia since the tiebreakers meant all León needed to advance was a 0-0 draw. Both teams came out attacking, though, and Rodolfo Cota and Sebastián Sosa were both kept busy in their respective goals.
In the first leg of their Apertura 2019 quarterfinal series, León took the lead three times but ultimately couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia scored deep into stoppage time to tie the game 3-3.
The game was full of controversy from start to finish. In just the 4th minute, referee José Antonio Peñaloza turned to VAR after José Juan Macías was brought down in the box, ultimately awarding León a penalty kick. Macías stepped up to take the penalty himself, and he converted it to give the visitors the 0-1 lead in the 7th minute.
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Querétaro came back for a 3-1 win. Both teams were already qualified for the playoffs going into this game, but the victory moves the Gallos Blancos a bit higher in the table.
Neither team was able to find the breakthrough in the first half, but it was just five minutes into the second when Miguel Ángel Sansores gave Morelia the lead. He received the ball at the top of the box and got off an acrobatic shot that Gil Alcalá initially appeared to have saved, only for the ball to squirm past him and over the line to make it 0-1 for the visitors.