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.
Tigres UANL took a commanding lead in this Clásico Regio quarterfinal series with a 4-1 first leg victory against Monterrey. In addition, the Rayados had Aldo de Nigris sent off, which will see him suspended for the second leg.
Playing in front of a packed house in the Volcán, Tigres took the lead in the 20th minute. Hugo González cut out a cross, but he sent the rebound directly to André-Pierre Gignac, who made it 1-0.
The eight finalists are known and the seeds are set. Tijuana, Monterrey, Chivas de Guadalajara, Toluca, Santos Laguna, Atlas, Tigres UANL, and Monarcas Morelia will now face off for the Clausura 2017 title.
The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs this Wednesday and Thursday and the return legs coming over the weekend. There are two clásicos in this round, with Monterrey and Tigres facing off in the Clásico Regio and Chivas and Atlas contesting the Clásico Tapatío.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players and an assistant coach and opened an investigation in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 16 games.
The two suspended players both belong to Monterrey, with Iván Piris receiving a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the same game while Jesús Molina was suspended for yellow-card accumulation after picking up his fifth caution of the season.
Veracruz earned a huge three points in their relegation fight with a 1-0 victory over Monterrey. The win, a second consecutive one for the Tiburones Rojos, could see them safe by the end of the weekend, depending on Morelia and Jaguares’ results. As for the Rayados, the loss brings their four-game unbeaten streak to a halt.
The visitors had the first chance of the game, when Aldo de Nigris met a cross from the left, but he sent his attempt just over the crossbar. It would be the hosts who opened the scoring, and they did so early on.
In the Clausura 2017 edition of the Clásico Regio, Monterrey earned the bragging rights with a 1-0 victory over Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in four and gives them a sixth consecutive home win, while the universitarios saw their three-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The Clásico was hard-fought from the opening whistle, but both teams seemed more concerned with stopping the other than with mounting their own incisive attacks. There was controversy in the 27th minute, when Juninho used his arm to block a cross from José María Basanta, but referee Roberto García Orozco declined to call a penalty.
Despite taking a 2-0 lead, Santos Laguna ended up drawing 2-2 with Monterrey on Wednesday night. The result nevertheless keeps Santos unbeaten at home this season as well as unbeaten overall in their last four, while the Rayados are now unbeaten in two.
The game started off brightly for the Guerreros, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Djaniny sent a good cross into the box and Julio César Furch was there to head it home and give Santos the 1-0 lead.