América has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after a comprehensive 6-1 victory in the second leg of their semifinal series against Pumas UNAM. That result gave the Águilas a 7-1 aggregate victory.
The series had been anyone’s to take after a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Thursday, but América made short work of Pumas in their home leg this Sunday. The Águilas took the lead just 7 minutes into the game, when Renato Ibarra scored with a low shot that Alfredo Saldívar got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Cruz Azul has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after beating Monterrey 1-0 in the second leg of their semifinal series. The 1-0 Cruz Azul win tied the aggregate series score at 1-1; with away goals equal at zero apiece, La Máquina advanced with the higher seed tiebreaker.
It was not an easy victory for Cruz Azul, who were obligated to win this leg after losing on Wednesday night. They came out attacking but were unable to find the breakthrough, while Monterrey suffered a blow with the loss of Roldofo Pizarro to injury in the 36th minute.
Monterrey wrapped up their regular season with a 3-1 victory against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three – and gives them a fourth straight home win – while the Rojinegros finish winless in four and winless on the road.
Monterrey had the better of the early chances, with Jesús Gallardo and Clifford Aboagye creating opportunities; then, in the 24th minute, the hosts were awarded a penalty kick following a handball in the box.
Tigres UANL scored in stoppage time to earn a 0-1 away win against Chivas de Guadalajara as they angle for better playoff positioning. The result is a third straight win for the universitarios, who are unbeaten in five, while El Rebaño ended the Apertura 2018 with a third straight home loss – and only one victory all season in the Estadio Akron.
Tigres were already assured of a spot in the Liguilla, while Chivas was already eliminated. The hosts were nevertheless looking to close their season on a high note, especially given the difficulties they’ve had at home in recent years. Tigres had the better of the run of play, but Chivas stood strong defensively, with Raúl Gudiño making a number of important saves.
América earned a comfortable 4-1 victory against 10-man Veracruz – despite missing a penalty – to confirm the Águilas’ second-place finish and keep the Tiburones Rojos in last place. The result ends a three-game winless streak for América, who are unbeaten in 11, while Veracruz wraps up the season with a 10-game winless streak.
This game was played at Toluca’s Estadio Nemesio Diez due to poor field conditions in the Estadio Azteca, but the change of venue didn’t appear to bother América at all as they took the lead in the very first minute of play. Cecilio Domínguez sent a cross in from the left for Roger Martínez, who finished it off at the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-0.
Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with León. The result will keep the Tuzos out of the playoffs, as they needed a win to move into the top eight; La Fiera were already eliminated from contention. Pachuca finishes the season with a six-game unbeaten streak, while León ends with a four-game winless streak.
The game was end-to-end from the beginning, with Pachuca desperate to score and León looking to play spoiler. Franco Jara had a few early opportunities, but Rodolfo Cota was alert to the danger. At the other end, Jean Meneses and Mauro Boselli were heavily involved for León.
Querétaro did their part with a 1-0 victory against Necaxa, and now must wait on other results to see if it will be enough to put them into the playoffs (update: with Pachuca’s draw, Queréaro has qualified for the playoffs). The result keeps the Gallos Blancos unbeaten in three while the Rayos finish the season with an eight-game winless streak – and zero road wins.
The hosts came out attacking and had the better of the run of play, with Marcel Ruiz and Camilo Sanvezzo combining well. Jimmy Gómez was also active in attack for the Gallos, and in the 28th minute he had a good chance but Necaxa’s defense recovered well.
Neither team could end their season on a high note as Puebla and Tijuana closed out their participation in the Apertura 2018 with a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Poblanos winless in three, while the Xolos finish winless in six, but at least ended a four-game losing streak.
Puebla started the game off more aggressively as they looked for a final victory in front of their home fans, but they couldn’t create any truly dangerous opportunities. As the game wore on, the pace slowed down, and neither goalkeeper had much to do in the first half.
Cruz Azul locked up the superlíder position and first seed for the playoffs with a 0-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result is a third straight victory for La Máquina, while the michoacanos have lost two of their last three and must now wait on other results to see if they’ll qualify for the Liguilla.
Jesús Corona didn’t travel to Morelia, with coach Pedro Caixinha choosing to rest him after his trip to Argentina with the national team, but backup keeper Guillermo Allison proved up to the task as he repeatedly denied Monarcas to preserve the shut out.
Mexico fell 0-2 to Argentina on Friday night in the first of two international friendlies against the South Americans.
El Tri had an early chance through Raúl Jiménez, who met a cross from Marco Fabián with a diving header, but saw his attempt stopped by the crossbar in just the 2nd minute. Soon after that, Ramiro Funes Mori slipped and allowed Alan Pulido to play in Fabián, but his shot was easily stopped by Agustín Marchesín.