The Clausura 2019 quarterfinals wrapped up on Sunday with three of the four higher seeds advancing to the semifinals.
Superlíder León continued their good form by beating Tijuana 5-2 on aggregate to easily advance, while América split their series with rivals Cruz Azul, but triumphed 3-2 on aggregate to become the lone lower seed to move on.
Tigres UANL and Monterrey both advanced based on their position in the table after aggregate draws in the quarterfinals; Tigres tied Pachuca 2-2, while Monterrey tied Necaxa 1-1. The two will now face each other as the Liguilla produces another Clásico series.
Cruz Azul won the battle but lost the war as they beat América 1-0 on the night, but lost 3-2 on aggregate in this Clásico Joven quarterfinal series.
La Máquina came out attacking, knowing they needed at least two goals to overturn América’s first-leg lead. José Madueña had an early chance go just wide, while Jonathan Rodríguez found himself in dangerous positions multiple times, but was unable to convert any of his chances.
León picked up a 2-1 victory against Tijuana in the second leg of their quarterfinal series to advance with a comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory.
La Fiera were in a comfortable position going into this game after picking up a 3-1 away win in the first leg; the Xolos needed to win by three to move on, and León had the best defensive record in the league this season. The hosts could have sat back and let the first leg result be decisive, but instead they came out looking to win and they soon had the opening goal.
Like the first leg, Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL came back for a 1-1 draw. That left the series tied 2-2 on aggregate, and with away goals level at one apiece, Tigres advanced due to the higher-seed tiebreaker.
The onus to score was on Pachuca from the beginning; a 0-0 draw in this second leg would have sent Tigres through. The Tuzos were measured in their efforts, though, and even as they pressed forward they remained organized in the back. Tigres were unable to do much to trouble Alfonso Blanco, while at the other end Nahuel Guzmán made several good saves to keep Tigres ahead in the series.
The final Jornada of the Clausura 2019 has not quite reached its conclusion, but all of the games with Liguilla implications have been played, with Tijuana snagging the final available playoff spot with a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Puebla.
That leaves the top eight teams as follows: León; Tigres UANL; Monterrey; Cruz Azul; América; Necaxa; Pachuca; and Tijuana.
The quarterfinal pairings have offered up a clásico, with Cruz Azul and América set to face off in the first round. The complete pairings are as follows:
The Apertura 2018 playoffs continue this Thursday with the first leg of the Gran Final between Cruz Azul and América.
The final is a two-legged, home-and-away series (although in this case both legs are being played at the Estadio Azteca, which Cruz Azul has been sharing with América this season) decided by aggregate score.
Unlike in the prior rounds of the playoffs, away goals are not tiebreakers, nor is seeding. If the second leg of the final finishes level on aggregate, the game will go to extra time and then penalties if needed.
América has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after a comprehensive 6-1 victory in the second leg of their semifinal series against Pumas UNAM. That result gave the Águilas a 7-1 aggregate victory.
The series had been anyone’s to take after a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Thursday, but América made short work of Pumas in their home leg this Sunday. The Águilas took the lead just 7 minutes into the game, when Renato Ibarra scored with a low shot that Alfredo Saldívar got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Cruz Azul has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after beating Monterrey 1-0 in the second leg of their semifinal series. The 1-0 Cruz Azul win tied the aggregate series score at 1-1; with away goals equal at zero apiece, La Máquina advanced with the higher seed tiebreaker.
It was not an easy victory for Cruz Azul, who were obligated to win this leg after losing on Wednesday night. They came out attacking but were unable to find the breakthrough, while Monterrey suffered a blow with the loss of Roldofo Pizarro to injury in the 36th minute.