Querétaro jumped out to an early lead just three minutes into the game. Yerson Candelo beat John Stefan Medina to a cross and finished it off to give the Gallos Blancos the 1-0 lead.
The game had started perfectly for the visitors, with the Tuzos taking the lead in just the third minute. Erick Aguirre got free on the left, drove into the box, and cut the ball back towards the center. Franco Jara brought the ball down and sent it in off the post to make it 0-1 for Pachuca early on.
First, on Tuesday, Tigres UANL will host the Vancouver Whitecaps, before Pachuca travels to take on FC Dallas on Wednesday.
The semifinals are a total-goals, aggregate-score series. Away goals are tiebreakers. Should the aggregate and away goals be tied at the end of the second leg, the games will advance to extra time and then penalties if needed.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca came back to earn a 2-3 away win. The result ends a three-game road winless streak for the Tuzos – and puts them at least temporarily atop the table – while the Xolos saw their two-game unbeaten run brought to a halt.
Tijuana had the first chance of the game in the 9th minute through Milton Caraglio, and then Pachuca suffered an early setback as Hirving Lozano was forced out of the game with an injury in the 15th minute. “Chucky” was stretchered off the field after a foul by Michael Orozco.
Pachuca booked their spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 4-0 victory over Saprissa in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. A 0-0 draw in the first leg left everything to play for in this game, and it was the Tuzos who took advantage.
A set piece gave Pachuca the lead in the 28th minute, with Víctor Guzmán appearing unmarked to make it 1-0. Just two minutes later, the Tuzos stunned Saprissa with a second goal, this time due to a bit of individual skill from Jonathan Urretaviscaya.
Pachuca dominated the game in the first half, with the lion’s share of possession and chances. Their first opportunity came in just the 3rd minute, when Víctor Guzmán tried his luck with a low shot from distance that ended up hitting the post.
Despite the ultimate lack of goals, there were chances right from the beginning. In the 2nd minute, the Tuzos had the first opportunity through a quick counterattack, but Erick Aguirre couldn’t finish it off.
Three of Mexico’s four entrants advanced to the quarterfinals, and Liga MX is guaranteed to have at least one semifinalist after Pumas UNAM and Tigres UANL were drawn against each other. The other Mexican representative, Pachuca, will face Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa.
Monterrey looked much the better side in the first half, as they controlled possession and generated dangerous chances through Dorlan Pabón, Edwin Cardona, and Rogelio Funes Mori. Óscar Pérez was forced into several good saves, including an impressive double-save in the 26th minute.
Cruz Azul vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (14th) drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless in five. La Máquina is unbeaten at home this season, and the Estadio Azul was also the site of their lone win to date; they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They failed to win in midweek as well, however, where a 0-0 draw with Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX extended their winless streak in all competitions to eight games.
As for Atlas (11th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Clásico Tapatío last weekend. That result ended their home unbeaten streak and leaves them winless in two overall. Atlas is unbeaten in two on the road, however, and they’ll look to add to Cruz Azul’s woes with another away win in this one. They will also be more rested than their opponent, as Atlas did not have a midweek game.