Tigres UANL booked their spot in the Clausura 2019 Gran Final with a 1-0 win against Monterrey in the second leg of this Clásico Regio semifinal series. With the aggregate tied 1-1 and away goals not a factor, the universitarios advanced due to the higher seed tiebreaker.
The onus was on Tigres in this one after Monterrey’s victory in the first leg, and they looked to make their home field advantage count in the partisan atmosphere of El Volcán. The hosts controlled possession for the majority of the first half, although there weren’t too many truly dangerous chances.
Tigres UANL vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes First leg: Monterrey 1-0 Tigres
Tigres UANL (2nd) suffered a narrow defeat in the first leg of this Clásico Regio semifinal series, and they’ll now look to overcome the deficit when they return home to El Volcán. Due to their position as higher seed, a 1-0 victory would send Tigres through; but if Monterrey scores, the universitarios will need to win by two due to the away goals tiebreaker. Tigres lost just once at home in the regular season and scored 2+ goals in seven of their eight games there, so a comeback here is well within the realms of possibility. They will not want to lose to their regional rivals again, especially not at home; expect high intensity from the opening whistle.
Monterrey took the lead in this Clásico Regio semifinal series with a 1-0 victory against Tigres UANL in Wednesday’s first leg.
The Rayados came out attacking as they looked to make their home-field advantage count, and Rogelio Funes Mori had a very early chance saved by Nahuel Guzmán. Tigres did not sit back to defend, but pressed forward themselves, and Luis Quiñones had a good chance in the 12th minute but his attempt was high.
Necaxa got their quarterfinal series off to a good start with a 1-0 victory against Monterrey, who played the majority of the game with 10 after a first-half red card.
The game started off well for the visitors, who put pressure on Necaxa and had a few chances through Avilés Hurtado and Dorlan Pabón. They couldn’t find too many clear chances, though, although Hugo González came close to gifting them a goal after mishandling a free kick in the 20th minute. However, the keeper was able to recover and grab the ball out of the air before it made it over the line. Continue reading →
Necaxa vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (6th) finished off the regular season with a 1-0 victory against Querétaro to send them into the playoffs with a four-game unbeaten streak. The Rayos are also unbeaten at home in four and lost just once at home in the regular season. However, they also had more draws than victories in the Estadio Victoria and accumulated the fewest home points of any of the playoff teams; they also scored the fewest home goals: 12 in eight games. Necaxa had a better record on the road, but they’ll still be looking to put their home-field advantage to good use as they start their quarterfinal series in this one. Continue reading →
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Monterrey and Necaxa had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three, but ends their two-game winning streak, while the Rayos are also unbeaten in three but are winless in two.
The hosts once again rested a majority of their starters with an eye on the midweek CONCACAF Champions League final, and the visitors appeared to have taken advantage as they took the lead in just the 3rd minute. Ángel Sepúlveda played Brian Fernández in behind the defense with a long pass, and Fernández took the ball into the box and beat Luis Cárdenas to make it 0-1.
In the first leg of the Clásico Regio CONCACAF Champions League final, Monterrey took the lead in the series with a narrow 0-1 away win against Tigres UANL.
Tigres’ home-field advantage proved somewhat lacking in the first half; despite the vociferous crowd in El Volcán, the visitors dominated play. Nahuel Guzmán was repeatedly called into action to deny Monterrey the opening goal, as he made saves against Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Rofoldo Pizarro.
Veracruz’s struggles continued with a 0-1 home loss to Monterrey. The result gives the Rayados back-to-back wins, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost four in a row and are still looking for their first victory of the season.
Veracruz suffered a 9-2 loss to Pachuca last weekend, followed by the FIFA-mandated deduction of six points in the standings due to outstanding debts; winless through 14 games and already relegated, the hosts were looking to salvage a little pride here.
Sporting Kansas City scored early but couldn’t stop Monterrey’s high-powered attack; the Rayados picked up a 5-2 away victory tonight to easily win this semifinal series with a 10-2 aggregate score.
The hosts, the only non-Mexican team to make it to this round of the tournament, had no realistic chance of overcoming a 5-0 first leg deficit, but they came out attacking as they looked to salvage some dignity. Gerso gave them an early lead – and some fleeting hope – with his 6th minute goal to make it 1-0 (1-5).
Toluca provided the surprise of the weekend with a 5-1 thumping of Monterrey. The result gives the Diablos Rojos three consecutive home wins while keeping the Rayados winless in four overall.
Toluca controlled the game from the beginning as they looked to remain in the playoff fight. Marcelo Barovero was forced into action repeatedly to keep the Diablos Rojos off the board, and he very nearly got Monterrey to halftime with the game still goalless.