The postponement of the Round of 16 game between Monterrey and Zacatepec has had a cascading effect on the scheduling of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX knockout rounds.
This week will see Monterrey and Zacatepec play their postponed match as well as three of the quarterfinal games; the fourth quarterfinal, between the winner of Monterrey/Zacatepec and Querétaro, will be held during the upcoming FIFA break.
This week’s games are as follows; all times Eastern, home team listed first.
The Apertura 2018 Copa MX Round of Sixteen was held this week, with seven teams so far – six Liga MX and one Ascenso MX – having booked their spot in the quarterfinals.
The game between Monterrey and Zacatepec was postponed due to weather and field conditions; they will play next Tuesday, while the rest of the remaining teams will contest their quarterfinal games. The winner of Monterrey/Zacatepec will face Querétaro in the quarterfinals during the next FIFA break, after which the competition should return to its original schedule.
Chivas de Guadalajara picked up a 3-0 win against the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, which puts El Rebaño into the semifinals with a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Chivas needed to score in this one after falling 1-0 in the first leg, and they tested goalkeeper Stefan Frei early. Javier López had the first chance for the hosts following a cross from Rodolfo Pizarro, but the ball went straight to the keeper.
América earned a 1-3 away victory over Tauro FC to put the Águilas comfortably into the semifinals of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League with a 7-1 aggregate win.
After winning 4-0 in the first leg, América was firmly in control of this series – and the only Liga MX team to go into the second leg with an aggregate lead. When the Águilas scored just six minutes into this game to give them an away goal as well, there was no way back for Tauro.
Tigres UANL beat Toronto 3-2 in tonight’s quarterfinal second leg, but the resulting 4-4 aggregate draw saw the universitarios knocked out of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League due to the away goals tiebreaker.
Tigres came into this game needing to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit. The hosts enjoyed 65% of possession and had 19 shots throughout the game as they looked to do just that, but they ultimately fell just short.
Tijuana scored early but couldn’t hold the lead as they fell 3-1 to the New York Red Bulls on the night – 5-1 on aggregate – to bow out of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League. The Xolos are the first Mexican team to be eliminated by an MLS side in a Champions League knockout series.
The visitors needed to overturn a 0-2 first-leg deficit and they came out attacking. Tijuana very nearly took the lead in the first few minutes when a shot by Luis Mendoza took a deflection and crashed against the crossbar.
Six teams from Liga MX and two from Ascenso MX will compete this week to reach the semifinals of the Copa MX.
The quarterfinals are single elimination games held at the home of the higher seed. If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the winner will be decided by penalty kicks (no extra time will be played).
The Seattle Sounders made their home-field advantage count as they picked up a 1-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
The game was an end-to-end affair in the early stages as both teams looked to open the scoring. Alejandro Mayorga forced an early save out of Stefan Frei before Clint Dempsey tested Rodolfo Cota at the other end.