Mexico advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory against Honduras in Thursday’s quarterfinal game. El Tri once again looked less than convincing, but they did enough to get past a Honduras side that needed a forfeit win to even make it out of the group stage.
Mexico made seven changes to the starting lineup that beat Curaçao in their last game, and the game started brightly for El Tri as they took the lead in just the fourth minute. Jesús Dueñas sent a low ball towards the back post, where Rodolfo Pizarro was waiting unmarked to send the ball home.
The 2017 Gold Cup knockout rounds begin this week with the quarterfinals. On Thursday, Mexico will take on Honduras in Glendale, Arizona.
Mexico won Group C with victories over El Salvador and Curaçao and a draw against Jamaica, while Honduras finished third in Group A with a forfeit win against French Guiana, a draw against Canada, and a loss to Costa Rica.
An early brace put Germany in the driver’s seat as they beat Mexico 4-1 to book their spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup final.
The Germans opened the scoring early, with Leon Gortetzka making it 1-0 just six minutes into the game. Benjamin Henrichs squared the ball to Goretzka at the top of the box and he sent it past Guillermo Ochoa to give Germany the lead.
Goretzka added a second less than two minutes later as he ran on to a through ball from Timo Werner and beat Ochoa with a shot to the far post, giving Germany the 2-0 lead in the 8th minute.
Tijuana beat Monarcas Morelia 2-0 in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, giving the superlíderes a 2-1 aggregate victory and a spot in the semifinals.
The Xolos had the league’s most prolific attack in the regular season, and they were looking to show that their shutout loss to Morelia in the first leg was simply a fluke. All Tijuana needed here was one goal, and they were determined to get it.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned a 1-0 home victory against Atlas in the second leg of this Clásico Tapatío quarterfinal series. That win knotted the aggregate at 1-1, and with no away goals in play to serve as tiebreaker, Chivas advanced as the higher seed – third to Atlas’s sixth.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to overturn the narrow first-leg deficit, and Chivas had the ball in the back of the net within the opening minute. However, Alan Pulido’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Santos Laguna earned a 1-3 away win against Toluca in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, but even that was not enough to overturn their first-leg deficit as Toluca won the series 5-4 on aggregate.
Santos had a lot of ground to make up, needing a minimum of four goals to advance, but they came out looking to make a game of it. Alfredo Talavera made a pair of good saves to keep them from taking the lead early on, but he couldn’t keep out his own teammate in the 20th minute.
Tigres UANL picked up a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the second leg of their Clásico Regio quarterfinal series to confirm the universitarios’ place in the semifinals with a 6-1 aggregate victory.
The series was all-but-decided after Tigres earned an emphatic 4-1 win in the first leg, but Monterrey was looking to salvage some pride, if not the series, in their home leg. The Rayados started the game off at a good pace, but they were unable to find an early goal to give them hope.
In the first leg of this Clásico Tapatío quarterfinal series, Atlas made their home-field advantage count with a 1-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara.
The visitors had the first dangerous chance through Javier López, but his shot grazed the post. Then Chivas was forced into an early substitution after an injury to Jair Pereira saw him leave the game in the 15th minute. His replacement, Michael Pérez, was then called for a foul in the box in the 28th minute, which gave Atlas a penalty kick.