Jesús Méndez of Toluca will miss the Diablos Rojos’ first playoff game for a lack of respect towards the match officials; Djaniny Tavares and Walter Gael Sandoval, both of Santos Laguna, will likewise miss their quarterfinal first leg game due to serious foul play.
Tigres UANL booked their spot in the playoffs with a comprehensive 1-5 away win against Querétaro. The Gallos Blancos were essentially eliminated from playoff contention before this game, with the loss simply confirming it.
The universitarios needed a win to ensure their spot in the Liguilla, and the game started off well for them as they took the lead in just the 8th minute. André-Pierre Gignac opened the scoring for Tigres when he finished off a cross from Jesús Dueñas that Miguel Ángel Martínez failed to clear.
Querétaro came from behind to earn a 1-2 away win against Toluca on Sunday afternoon. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for the Gallos Blancos, while the Diablos Rojos have now lost two in a row.
Toluca, already ensured of a spot in the playoffs, nevertheless came out looking for a win here as they looked to challenge for the top of the table. They found the breakthrough shortly before halftime, with Fernando Uribe finishing off a cross from Jesús Méndez to make it 1-0 in the 40th minute.
Querétaro twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it as they drew 2-2 with Jaguares de Chiapas. The result leaves Jaguares winless in seven, but they did earn what could prove to be a very valuable point in the relegation fight. As for the Gallos Blancos, they are now winless in five.
The hosts quickly began to find dangerous chances, with Ángel Sepúlveda missing an empty net from close range in the 5th minute after Camilo Sanvezzo set him up. But Querétaro didn’t have to wait much longer to open the scoring, and in the 10 minute Sepúlveda finished off a cross from Jaime Gómez to make it 1-0.
The dates and location for the 2017 Campeón de Campeones and SuperCopa MX games have been announced, and for the second consecutive year the doubleheader will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, the home of the LA Galaxy.
América beat Querétaro by the minimum difference to remain unbeaten at home this season. The result also gives the Águilas back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in seven overall, while extending the Gallos Blancos’ losing streak to four games.
The hosts took the initiative from the opening whistle and they found chances in the early going, primarily through Oribe Peralta. But it wasn’t until just before halftime that América was able to open the scoring.
Tijuana defeated Querétaro by the minimum difference despite finishing the game with 10 men. The loss is a third consecutive one for the Gallos Blancos, while the Xolos snapped a three-game winless run and are now unbeaten in four.
The game started off fairly evenly, with chances at both ends. The hosts had the first good chance of the game in the 8th minute, when Andrés Rentería drove into the box but sent his shot just wide of the post. Tijuana’s attack was largely stymied by Querétaro’s defense, with Tiago Volpi having little to do in goal.
Atlas ended their three-game winless streak in emphatic fashion with a 1-4 away win against Querétaro. The result is a second straight loss for the Gallos Blancos and their third loss in their last four games.
The visitors took the lead early on, with Martín Barragán heading home a cross from Matías Alustiza to put Atlas in front in the 12th minute. Before Querétaro could react to falling behind, Alustiza got on the score sheet himself as he made it 0-2 for the Rojinegros in the 17th minute.
Santos Laguna remained unbeaten at home this season with a 1-0 win over Querétaro. The result snaps a six-game winless streak for the Guerreros and keeps the Gallos Blancos winless on the road in two.
The hosts dominated the game and their first chance came in just the third minute. Julio Furch connected with Osvaldo Martínez, who sent his shot over the bar. Then, in the 15th minute, Tiago Volpi made an impressive save on Walter Sandoval to keep the game goalless.
Miguel Herrera, coach of Tijuana, will be sidelined for the Xolos’ next two games. Herrera was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for a lack of respect towards the match officials.