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.
Monterrey vs Tigres UANL
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez
Assistant 1: Andrés Hernández Delgado
Assistant 2: Juan Carlos Salinas Salinas
Fourth Official: Adonai Escobedo González
Toluca vs Santos Laguna
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant 1: Alejandro Ayala Valderrama
Assistant 2: Miguel Ángel Chua Ortiz
Fourth Official: Diego Montaño Robles
This is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. Should both the aggregate and the away goals be tied at the end of a series, the higher seed will advance.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
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.
Monarcas Morelia earned a 1-0 victory over Tijuana in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 quarterfinal series. The shutout may prove to be just as important as the win, as Morelia was able to prevent the Xolos from picking up any away goals.
Morelia started the game off strongly and they took the lead just 10 minutes in. Jefferson Cuero sent a low cross to the far post, where Miguel Ángel Sansores knocked it back across goal, sending the ball into Gibrán Lajud and into the back of the net.
Santos Laguna’s season-long home unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt in the first game of the playoffs, where Toluca picked up an impressive 1-4 away win in the first leg of this quarterfinal series. The victory is also the first one for the Diablos Rojos in Torreón since 2004.
The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute, when Gabriel Hauche finished off a cross from Rubens Sambueza – back from suspension – to make it 0-1.
Tigres UANL took a commanding lead in this Clásico Regio quarterfinal series with a 4-1 first leg victory against Monterrey. In addition, the Rayados had Aldo de Nigris sent off, which will see him suspended for the second leg.
Playing in front of a packed house in the Volcán, Tigres took the lead in the 20th minute. Hugo González cut out a cross, but he sent the rebound directly to André-Pierre Gignac, who made it 1-0.