Monterrey claimed third place in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup by beating Al-Hilal 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The result matches Monterrey’s previous best finish in the tournament, which they earned in 2012.
Monterrey had the first good chance of the game in the 14th minute, when Ángel Zaldívar played in Arturo González, but Abdullah Al-Mayoof made a kick-save to deny “Ponchito”. Despite a few more chances for the Rayados, it was the AFC champions who took the lead.
In the 35th minute, Carlos Eduardo headed home a cross from Yasser Al-Shahrani to give Al-Hilal the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
Tigres UANL scored a last-second equalizer to tie América 2-2 and send this semifinal to a penalty shootout; the universitarios then bested the Águilas 5-3 from the spot to earn their place in the final of the inaugural Leagues Cup.
Tigres started the game on the front foot, and their attacking pressure soon paid off. In the 14th minute, Jürgen Damm got past Jesús López on the wing and sent a low cross into the box. The unfortunate Paul Aguilar sent the ball into the back of his own net when he tried to cut out the cross, making it 0-1 for Tigres with his own-goal.
It went all the way to penalties, but in the end Mexico won their 2019 Gold Cup quarterfinal against Costa Rica, beating the Ticos 5-4 in the shootout after a 1-1 draw in regulation.
The game started off fairly evenly, with neither team able to dominate. There were scattered chances at both ends, but few clear-cut opportunities, with the rhythm of the game frequently interrupted by fouls: a total of 12 yellow cards were issued during the game, 10 to players and one to each coach.
Chivas de Guadalajara closed out a disappointing performance in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup with a loss to 9-man Espérance de Tunis in a penalty shootout in the fifth-place match.
As in their first game of the tournament, Chivas took an early lead. Sameh Derbali brought down Ángel Zaldívar in the box, and after consulting with VAR, the referee awarded El Rebaño a penalty kick. Gael Sandoval stepped up to take the spot kick and converted it to put Chivas ahead 1-0 in the 5th minute.
América took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Querétaro came back for a 1-1 draw in this Copa MX quarterfinal. The Águilas ultimately triumphed from the penalty spot, however, as they beat the Gallos Blancos 2-0 in the shootout to advance to the semifinals.
América opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Oribe Peralta, whose header beat Tiago Volpi to make it 1-0.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlante came back for a 1-1 draw to send this Copa MX quarterfinal to a penalty shootout. The Potros completed the comeback from the spot, winning the shootout 5-3 to advance to the semifinals, while reigning cup champion Chivas was eliminated.
The hosts had several good chances to open the scoring in the first half, but the breakthrough didn’t come until the 48th minute. Carlos Cisneros took the ball to the end-line before sending a low cross to the far post where Carlos Fierro finished it off to make it 1-0.
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX Round of Sixteen wrapped up this Wednesday with the remaining four games. Three of them were decided in regulation, while one went to penalties, as Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Monterrey, and Chivas de Guadalajara advanced to the quarterfinals.
Santos Laguna 2-0 Necaxa
Two late goals gave Santos Laguna a 2-0 victory against Necaxa. The first half was dominated by Santos, but they couldn’t make their chances count (although Carlos Izquierdoz came as close as hitting the crossbar).
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX knockout rounds got underway this Tuesday with the first four Round of Sixteen games. Three of them were decided by penalty shootouts as Tijuana, Atlante, América, and Querétaro moved on to the quarterfinals.
Monarcas Morelia 2-2 Tijuana (2-4 shootout)
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead before Morelia fought back to 2-2, but the Xolos ultimately triumphed in the penalty shootout. Damián Pérez put the Xolos ahead in the 26th minute when he brought the ball down with his chest and then sent a volley into the left corner.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned their fourth Copa MX title with a penalty shootout win against Monarcas Morelia. After 90 goalless minutes, Miguel Jiménez became the hero as he saved three straight penalties to give Chivas the 3-1 shootout victory.
Morelia had the first clear chance of the game through Gabriel Lezcano, but his shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar. After that, Chivas began to control the run of play, although Morelia’s well-organized defense limited Guadalajara primarily to shots from mid- and long- range.