The Clausura 2017 Ascenso MX season has wrapped up and the Liguilla begins this week, with eight teams competing for the league title and the spot in the promotion playoff that comes with it.
Apertura 2016 champions Dorados de Sinaloa have qualified for the postseason again, and should they win this season’s championship as well they will earn automatic promotion to Liga MX. Otherwise, they will face this season’s winner in the promotion playoff.
The match-ups and schedule are as follows; all times Eastern, home team listed first.
Monarcas Morelia earned a 0-2 away win against Tijuana in their Clausura 2017 Copa MX quarterfinal game.
Tijuana controlled the run of play in the first half, with the hosts enjoying more possession and a number of dangerous chances. Víctor Malcorra and Paul Arriola were very active going forward and the pair nearly connected to open the scoring, only for a deflection to send the ball over the bar.
However, in the second half Morelia got into the game. The visitors began to create their own chances, albeit primarily through set pieces.
Cruz Azul came from behind to beat Santos Laguna 1-3 in the Clausura 2017 Copa MX quarterfinals.
The hosts took the lead early on, with Djaniny making it 1-0 in the 11th minute. Gabriel Peñalba lost the ball as he tried to play out of the back, with Djaniny driving towards goal, getting past Enzo Roco, and beating Jesús Corona to put Santos in front.
However, Cruz Azul responded quickly. In the 21st minute, Chaco Giménez switched the field for Joao Rojas, who sent a cross to the far post. Martín Cauteruccio was there to head the ball home and tie the game 1-1.
The knockout stages of the Clausura 2017 Copa MX continue this week with the quarterfinals. The referee strike ended on Monday afternoon, allowing these games to go ahead as scheduled.
The quarterfinals are single-elimination, with the winner of each game advancing to the semifinals. Should a game be tied at the end of regulation, it will proceed directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time will be played).
The Disciplinary Committee has completed its investigations into Rubens Sambueza, Andrés Andrade, Pablo Aguilar, and Enrique Triverio, with three of the four facing long suspensions.
Sambueza and Andrade were involved in plays in Jornada 9 that resulted in serious injury to their opponents (Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively). For causing harm to an opponent, Sambueza was given an eight-game suspension, which will end his season unless Toluca reaches the playoffs.
Tigres UANL booked their spot in the semifinals of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League with a 0-3 away win against Pumas UNAM. The 1-1 draw in the first leg left everything to play for in this one, and it was the visitors who took advantage.
Pumas started the game off with an attacking mindset, but they couldn’t get past Nahuel Guzmán, who was making his return to the field after a six-week layoff following foot surgery. On the other hand, although Tigres had fewer chances, they were able to convert them.