Monterrey scored late in stoppage time to beat Necaxa 1-0 on the right and assure their spot in the Gran Final with a 3-1 aggregate victory. The Rayados’ win means there will be an adjustment to the playoff schedule, since they’ll be playing in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup next week; as a result, the Liga MX final will be delayed by two weeks and played on December 26th and 29th.
The pressure was on Necaxa in this one; they needed to score to advance, while Monterrey would go through with a 0-0 draw. Nevertheless, it was the visitors who looked more dangerous in the attack. In the 14th minute, Jesús Gallardo was denied by the offside flag as Monterrey looked to seal the series.
Monterrey took, lost, and regained the lead as they beat Necaxa 2-1 in the first leg of their Apertura 2019 semifinal series.
Necaxa had the best road record in the league in the regular season – with six wins from nine games – and they came out attacking as they looked to keep their good road form going in this one. But after a promising five minutes from the Rayos, Monterrey took control of the game and they took the lead in the 10th minute.
Querétaro mounted a valiant comeback attempt but a red card allowed Necaxa to retake control, with the Rayos earning a 2-3 win on the night and booking their spot in the semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate victory.
The Gallos Blancos needed to win at least 3-0 in order to overturn the first leg deficit, and they ame out attacking as they looked to do exactly that. It took just four minutes for Querétaro to get on the board, as Marcel Ruiz headed home a cross from Ayron del Valle to make it 1-0 (1-3) early on.
Necaxa took a commanding lead in the first leg of this quarterfinal series with a 3-0 victory against Querétaro.
The game started off a little slowly, with a good deal of play taking place in midfield. Neither team was able to take firm control, and while they both created a few chances, none of them were particularly dangerous.
Puebla closed out their season on a high with a 3-0 victory against Necaxa. The Poblanos snapped a six-game winless streak with that result, while the Rayos have now lost two of their last three.
Puebla was already eliminated from playoff contention going into this one, while Necaxa had their own spot in the Liguilla locked up, but it was the hosts who came out looking stronger. In the 11th minute, Christian Marrugo played the ball to Christian Tabó at the top of the box, and the Uruguayan beat Hugo González to make it 1-0 for La Franja. Continue reading →
Necaxa moved into first place in the table with a 0-2 away win against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in five and extends their road winning streak to five games, while the Rojinegros saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game startled off slowly, with neither team able to take control or create many chances of note going forward. Necaxa was gifted a chance when Camilo Vargas slipped as he attempted to clear the ball, but Jesús Angulo couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended 3 players in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 14 games.
Guido Rodríguez of América and Jesús Dueñas of Tigres UANL were given one-game suspensions for serious foul play; Tigres filed a petition of non-conformity regarding Dueñas’s red card, but the petition was overturned and the suspension stands.
Maximiliano Salas of Necaxa was given a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
The Disciplinary Committee investigation into the violence that marred the San Luis vs Querétaro game is still ongoing.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end it was honors even as Necaxa and América played out a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in four, while the Águilas are now winless in two.
Necaxa came out attacking as they looked to retake the top of the table, but Memo Ochoa was in fine form to deny them. The keeper made an impressive save on Jesús Angulo in the 14th minute to keep Necaxa from taking the lead, and América looked to build from the back and get something going in the attacking third themselves.
Monarcas Morelia took a two-goal lead but failed to hold it as Necaxa stormed back for a 2-3 away win. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in three and extends their road winning streak to four games, while the michoacanos have now lost two in a row.
The night started off well for the hosts, who came out attacking and took the lead in the 23rd minute. Eduardo del Ángel headed home a cross from the left to put Morelia ahead 1-0.