Jesús Méndez of Toluca will miss the Diablos Rojos’ first playoff game for a lack of respect towards the match officials; Djaniny Tavares and Walter Gael Sandoval, both of Santos Laguna, will likewise miss their quarterfinal first leg game due to serious foul play.
The Águilas needed just a draw to ensure their Liguilla berth, but after fighting back from a 0-2 deficit they were unable to prevent Pachuca from scoring a late winner. On the other hand, the margin of victory wasn’t big enough for the Tuzos, who miss out on the playoffs due to goal difference.
Pachuca won the inaugural Liga MX Femenil cup competition with a comprehensive 9-1 thrashing of Tijuana. The scoreline is especially impressive given that the Torneo de Copa featured shorter games, with 35- rather than 45-minute halves.
The Xolas had not conceded a single goal during the three-game group stage, but it took the Tuzas just two minutes to find the breakthrough here. Berenice Muñoz scored almost as soon as the game began by tapping in a low cross, and Pachuca added to their lead just minutes later when Yamile Franco converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0 in the 6th minute.
Liga MX Femenil, the new women’s division, launched this week with an abbreviated 12-team cup tournament. The teams were divided into three groups of four, where they faced each group opponent once. After the three games, the two teams with the best overall records advanced to the final, which will be played on Saturday, May 6th, and aired live on Univision Deportes.
Pachuca swept Group 1 with three big wins (6-1 vs Chivas, 6-2 vs Morelia, 6-1 vs Toluca) while Tijuana likewise won out in Group 3, albeit by more modest margins (three 2-0 wins, against Cruz Azul, Necaxa, and Santos Laguna).
The tournament’s best attack (18 goals for) will now face the tournament’s best defense (0 goals allowed) in the final.
With Pachuca’s 17-month home unbeaten streak seconds away from coming to an end, none other than goalkeeper Óscar “Conejo” Pérez scored a dramatic stoppage time goal to give the Tuzos a 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul. The result ends La Máquina’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs, while Pachuca has dropped out of the top eight but is still in the running for a Liguilla spot.
The Tuzos won the CONCACAF Champions League in midweek and were looking to get back on track in league play, where they had gone six games without a win – or a goal. They had the first dangerous chance here, when Jonathan Urretaviscaya combined well with Franco Jara, but “Urreta” saw his shot stopped by Jesús Corona.
Pachuca won their fifth CONCACAF Champions League title with a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) victory against Tigres UANL in the 2016-17 CCL final.
The 1-1 draw in the first leg left everything to play for tonight; Pachuca had the slight advantage of an away goal, meaning that it was Tigres who were obligated to score tonight. Although the Tuzos had the better of the run of play for most of the first half, the universitarios found two very good chances, both through André-Pierre Gignac.
Juan Francisco Palencia, coach of Pumas UNAM, will miss the universitarios‘ next game for constantly criticizing the referee crew’s decisions.
Pumas will likewise be missing Nicolás Castillo for one game for a lack of respect for the match officials and Darío Verón for two for serious foul play.
The first leg, which Tigres hosted, finished 1-1, which leaves the second leg as a winner-takes-all affair. If they tie again, a 0-0 draw would give Pachuca the title, a 1-1 draw would send it to extra time, and a draw with two goals or more would crown Tigres.
The Tuzos are seeking their fifth CCL title, while the universitarios are looking for their first.
Atlas extended their home unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 victory against Pachuca. The Tuzos are now winless in six and goalless in the same span, although tonight they had the excuse of resting a number of starters with an eye towards Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League final.
The first half was a largely even affair, with both teams looking to strengthen their positioning in the playoff race. The visitors had the first clear chance in the 28th minute, when Hirving Lozano found Erick Aguirre in the box, but Brayan Garnica was there to clear the ball with the goalkeeper beaten.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead just two minutes in. Raúl López took a free kick, and it took a nasty deflection off Tigres’ Eduardo Vargas to wrong-foot goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán. 0-1 for Pachuca.