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.
Chivas de Guadalajara vs Toluca
Referee: Luis Enrique Santander Aguirre
Assistant 1: José Luis Camargo Callado
Assistant 2: Juan Joel Rangel Maya
Fourth Official: Paul Enrique Delgadillo Haro
Tijuana vs Tigres UANL
Referee: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán
Assistant 1: Alberto Morin Méndez
Assistant 2: Andrés Hernández Delgado
Fourth Official: Erick Yair Miranda Galindo
This is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. Should both the aggregate and the away goals be tied at the end of a series, the higher seed will advance.
First leg results
Toluca 1-1 Chivas de Guadalajara
Tigres UANL 2-0 Tijuana
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.
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.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned a 1-0 home victory against Atlas in the second leg of this Clásico Tapatío quarterfinal series. That win knotted the aggregate at 1-1, and with no away goals in play to serve as tiebreaker, Chivas advanced as the higher seed – third to Atlas’s sixth.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to overturn the narrow first-leg deficit, and Chivas had the ball in the back of the net within the opening minute. However, Alan Pulido’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Tigres UANL picked up a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the second leg of their Clásico Regio quarterfinal series to confirm the universitarios’ place in the semifinals with a 6-1 aggregate victory.
The series was all-but-decided after Tigres earned an emphatic 4-1 win in the first leg, but Monterrey was looking to salvage some pride, if not the series, in their home leg. The Rayados started the game off at a good pace, but they were unable to find an early goal to give them hope.
Monterrey vs Tigres UANL
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez
Assistant 1: Andrés Hernández Delgado
Assistant 2: Juan Carlos Salinas Salinas
Fourth Official: Adonai Escobedo González
Toluca vs Santos Laguna
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant 1: Alejandro Ayala Valderrama
Assistant 2: Miguel Ángel Chua Ortiz
Fourth Official: Diego Montaño Robles