The Clausura 2017 champion will be decided on Sunday night when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Tigres UANL in the decisive second leg of the Gran Final.
Thursday’s first leg finished in a 2-2 draw, which leaves the series delicately balanced. There are no tiebreakers in the Gran Final, so any aggregate draw will send the game to extra time and then penalties if needed; the second leg is therefore a winner-takes-all affair.
Tigres UANL beat Tijuana 0-2 in the second leg of their semifinal series to give the universitarios the 4-0 aggregate victory and a spot in the Clausura 2017 Gran Final.
Tijuana came out looking to make their home-field advantage count as they needed to overturn the first-leg deficit against a Tigres side that has looked very dangerous in the playoffs. The Xolos found their first clear chance in the 13th minute, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save on Milton Caraglio’s header.
Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 with Toluca in the second leg of their semifinal series, resulting in a 2-2 aggregate score. With away goals level at one apiece, the higher-seed tiebreaker went into effect, putting Chivas in the final as the third seed to Toluca’s fourth.
Chivas was in the better position going into tonight, thanks to their away goal in the first leg as well as their position as the higher seed; all they needed to do was maintain the 0-0 scoreline to move on, but the hosts were eager to score a goal or two to give themselves even more security. In the 10th minute, Orbelín Pineda came close, only to be denied by the crossbar.
After a 2-2 draw with Dorados de Sinaloa, which gave Lobos BUAP a 3-2 aggregate victory in the Final por el Ascenso promotion playoff, the licántropos have earned promotion to Liga MX for the first time in their history.
Dorados were looking to overturn their first-leg deficit, and it look them less than a minute to tie the aggregate. Moisés Velasco sent in a corner kick that Francisco Canales failed to deal with and the ball nestled into the back of the net. 1-0 on the night and 1-1 on aggregate.
A pair of late goals saw Toluca and Chivas de Guadalajara draw 1-1 in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 semifinal series.
The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.
Tijuana beat Monarcas Morelia 2-0 in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, giving the superlíderes a 2-1 aggregate victory and a spot in the semifinals.
The Xolos had the league’s most prolific attack in the regular season, and they were looking to show that their shutout loss to Morelia in the first leg was simply a fluke. All Tijuana needed here was one goal, and they were determined to get it.