After conceding two goals in the opening ten minutes, Santos Laguna scored four of their own in a 10-minute span late in the second half to earn a comprehensive 4-2 victory against the New York Red Bulls. The result sees Santos advance to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate win.
With a 0-2 away win from the first leg, the Laguneros were in a fairly comfortable position combing into this one. But the visitors jumped out to a surprise lead and quickly erased the deficit. Omir Fernández made it 0-1 (2-1) in just the 4th minute, before Daniel Royer leveled the aggregate five minutes later.
The knockout stages of the Copa MX continue this week with the quarterfinal round. Six teams from Liga MX and two from Ascenso MX advanced out of the round of sixteen and will now look to take the next step towards the title.
The quarterfinals consist of a single-elimination game held at the home of the higher seed. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, a penalty shootout will determine who advances.
Tigres UANL took the advantage in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series with a 0-2 away win against the Houston Dynamo.
The game was fairly even in the first half, with neither Houston nor Tigres able to take control, although the hosts had a good chance early on when Boniek García played in Alberth Elis, but he couldn’t find the target.
Santos Laguna picked up a 0-2 away win against the New York Red Bulls to put them in a comfortable position in their 2019 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
The game didn’t start off comfortably for the visitors, as the Red Bulls came out attacking and were able to keep the ball consistently in Santos’ defensive third. However, the hosts weren’t able to convert their opportunities, with Jonathan Orozco notably denying Bradley Wright-Phillips on a one-on-one chance.
The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League continues this week with the quarterfinal round, and three of Mexico’s four entrants remain in contention.
Santos Laguna, Tigres UANL, and Monterrey all made it out of the Round of Sixteen, and will now all face MLS opponents in the quarterfinals: the New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, and Atlanta United, respectively.
The Copa MX Round of Sixteen wrapped up this week with six teams from Liga MX and two from Ascenso MX continuing on to the quarterfinals.
Round of Sixteen results
Monarcas Morelia 1-1 Puebla; Morelia won 3-0 on penalties
América 5-2 Pachuca
Tijuana 1-1 Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Tijuana won 4-3 on penalties
Dorados de Sinaloa 0-0 Atlas; Dorados won 4-2 on penalties
Veracruz 2-1 Mineros de Zacatecas
Pumas UNAM 3-0 Zacatepec
Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 Atlético San Luis
FC Juárez 0-0 León; Juárez won 4-2 on penalties