Cruz Azul lost the first leg, but thanks to their away goal and their position as higher seed, they are still in a reasonable position to advance: La Máquina needs a two-goal win to move on to the semifinals. They were not a very high-scoring team in the regular season, though, amassing 26 goals in total; they won by a 2+-goal margin just four times in 17 games. Nevertheless, that’s what they need to do in this one. The pressure is on, especially since Cruz Azul will not want to be knocked out of the playoffs by their Clásico rivals.
The game started off well for the visitors, who put pressure on Necaxa and had a few chances through Avilés Hurtado and Dorlan Pabón. They couldn’t find too many clear chances, though, although Hugo González came close to gifting them a goal after mishandling a free kick in the 20th minute. However, the keeper was able to recover and grab the ball out of the air before it made it over the line. Continue reading
Necaxa vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (6th) finished off the regular season with a 1-0 victory against Querétaro to send them into the playoffs with a four-game unbeaten streak. The Rayos are also unbeaten at home in four and lost just once at home in the regular season. However, they also had more draws than victories in the Estadio Victoria and accumulated the fewest home points of any of the playoff teams; they also scored the fewest home goals: 12 in eight games. Necaxa had a better record on the road, but they’ll still be looking to put their home-field advantage to good use as they start their quarterfinal series in this one. Continue reading
Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti and Puebla coach José Luis Sánchez Solá were both given one-game suspensions for insulting and/or showing a lack of respect towards players or members of the coaching staff after the pair were involved in an altercation.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Monterrey and Necaxa had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three, but ends their two-game winning streak, while the Rayos are also unbeaten in three but are winless in two.
The hosts once again rested a majority of their starters with an eye on the midweek CONCACAF Champions League final, and the visitors appeared to have taken advantage as they took the lead in just the 3rd minute. Ángel Sepúlveda played Brian Fernández in behind the defense with a long pass, and Fernández took the ball into the box and beat Luis Cárdenas to make it 0-1.
Necaxa assistant coach Carlos Antonio Gutiérrez was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions, while the Rayos will also be without Ventura Alvarado for the next match after he was suspended one game for serious foul play.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end it was honors even as Necaxa and Pachuca played out a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in two while the Tuzos are now unbeaten in three – but they also remain winless on the road this season.
The game started off with chances at both ends. In the 3rd minute, Alfonso Blanco was called into action to stop a header from Ventura Alvarado; then, in the 9th, Hugo González made an impressive save on a shot from Franco Jara.
Necaxa controlled the game from start to finish as Atlas continued to struggle to put on consistent performances at home. The Rayos had several early chances, with both the woodwork and the goalkeeper working hard to keep them off the board. But their persistence paid off in the 26th minute, when Fernando González made it 0-1 for the visitors.
Rafael Baca of Cruz Azul was given a one-game suspension for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, while Jesús Angulo of Santos Laguna was suspended for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Alexis Pérez of Querétaro, Alexis Vega of Chivas de Guadalajara, and Luis Felipe Gallegos of Necaxa were all given one-game suspensions for serious foul play.
León tied the league record for consecutive victories with a 2-1 win against Necaxa. The result is a 10th straight win for La Fiera, while the Rayos saw their three-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The visitors were looking to solidify a playoff place, while the hosts were looking to remain top of the table. Necaxa started the game off with more possession, and they had the first chance in the 8th minute through Brian Fernández, although Rodolfo Cota easily made the save.