Cruz Azul has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after beating Monterrey 1-0 in the second leg of their semifinal series. The 1-0 Cruz Azul win tied the aggregate series score at 1-1; with away goals equal at zero apiece, La Máquina advanced with the higher seed tiebreaker.
It was not an easy victory for Cruz Azul, who were obligated to win this leg after losing on Wednesday night. They came out attacking but were unable to find the breakthrough, while Monterrey suffered a blow with the loss of Roldofo Pizarro to injury in the 36th minute.
Monterrey wrapped up their regular season with a 3-1 victory against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three – and gives them a fourth straight home win – while the Rojinegros finish winless in four and winless on the road.
Monterrey had the better of the early chances, with Jesús Gallardo and Clifford Aboagye creating opportunities; then, in the 24th minute, the hosts were awarded a penalty kick following a handball in the box.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in two, while the Rayos are now winless in seven. The result also guarantees Monterrey a spot in the playoffs.
Despite being the visitors, Monterrey started the game off better and took control of the ball. It took them just nine minutes to take the lead, as Leonel Vangioni sent a cross into the box that Dorlan Pabón controlled and then scored to make it 0-1.
Cruz Azul lifted the Apertura 2018 Copa MX trophy after a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the Gran Final. This is La Máquina’s fourth Copa title and their first since the Clausura 2013 season.
The game started off with Monterrey looking the stronger, as the hosts looked to take advantage of the atmosphere provided by the 49,764 people in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer – the majority of which were supporting the Rayados.
The Apertura 2018 Copa MX wraps up on Halloween as Monterrey and Cruz Azul contest the Gran Final.
The Copa MX final consists of a single game held at the home of the highest remaining seed. Should the game be tied at the end of 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will determine the champion; no extra time will be played.
The Rayados will host this Apertura 2018 final as they look for their third cup title, having previously lifted the trophy in the 1991-92 and Apertura 2017 seasons. La Máquina, meanwhile, is looking for their fourth title after winning in 1968-69 (against Monterrey), 1996-97, and the Clausura 2013.
Santos Laguna moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 1-0 win against Monterrey. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season, while the Rayados saw their road winless streak grow to four games.
The game started off at a high intensity, with both teams going on the attack. Monterrey looked for space using the speed of Avilés Hurtado and Dorlán Pabón, while Jonathan Rodríguez was an outlet for Santos.
Both semifinal games went to penalty shootouts, with Monterrey and Cruz Azul eventually emerging victorious. The two will now face off for the Apertura 2018 Copa MX crown in the Gran Final on October 31st.
The Rayados beat Pachuca 4-3 on penalties after a wild 3-3 draw; after falling behind early, Monterrey took a 2-1 lead, and then a 3-2 lead despite playing a man down. Pachuca tied it in the final minute of stoppage time to send the semifinal to a shootout, but the Tuzos couldn’t keep the momentum going as misses by Raúl López and Víctor Guzmán allowed Monterrey to claim the victory.
Cruz Azul, meanwhile, came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against León, who had taken the lead in the 50th minute despite playing a man down since the 18th minute. La Máquina tied it up in the 71st and then triumphed 5-4 in the shootout, with Walter González’s miss for León proving decisive.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended three players, one coach, and one assistant coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 12 games.
Club América coach Miguel Herrera and Monarcas Morelia assistant coach Esteve Padilla will both be absent from the benches for one game after earning a suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for a 2-1 victory against the 10-man Rayados. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season with seven straight wins, while Monterrey saw their two-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a good pace, with both sides coming out attacking. The game was an end-to-end affair for the first 15 minutes, and then Monterrey took the lead from a set piece. The visitors won a free kick a long way out, but distance proved no obstacle as César Montes headed home the service to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.
After 84 minutes and 34 seconds, the game between Monterrey and Tijuana was halted due to the weather and field conditions, with Monterrey’s 3-0 lead being declared the final score. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Rayados, while the Xolos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
Tijuana started the game off well as they controlled the ball, but it was Monterrey who took an early lead in the rain as Rogelio Funes Mori sent his low shot in off the post to make it 1-0 in the 10th minute.