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).
All the pressure was on the hosts in this one, who needed an early goal to give them hopes of a comeback attempt. Instead, it was the visitors who struck first, with Enner Valencia making it 0-1 (0-4 aggregate) just 11 minutes into the match as he rounded the keeper and sent the ball into the empty net.
First Leg Results
Tigres UANL 3-0 Santos Laguna
Monterrey 5-0 Sporting Kansas City
The semifinals are a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. If both the aggregate and away goals are tied at the end of the second leg, the winner will be determined by a penalty shootout.
Will there be a Clásico Regio in the CONCACAF final, or can Santos and/or Kansas City pull off a comeback for the ages?
After conceding two goals in the opening ten minutes, Santos Laguna scored four of their own in a 10-minute span late in the second half to earn a comprehensive 4-2 victory against the New York Red Bulls. The result sees Santos advance to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate win.
With a 0-2 away win from the first leg, the Laguneros were in a fairly comfortable position combing into this one. But the visitors jumped out to a surprise lead and quickly erased the deficit. Omir Fernández made it 0-1 (2-1) in just the 4th minute, before Daniel Royer leveled the aggregate five minutes later.
First Leg Results
New York Red Bulls 0-2 Santos Laguna
Houston Dynamo 0-2 Tigres UANL
Monterrey 3-0 Atlanta United
A 0-0 draw in the first leg left it all to play for on Wednesday. Monterrey came out attacking as they looked to put their home field advantage to good use, but although they had more possession and more chances, it was Alianza who had one of the more dangerous opportunities with a shot from close-range that ended up skied over the crossbar.
Tigres came out attacking, knowing they needed a win here, and it wasn’t long before they had their first goal. In the 15th minute, the unfortunate Aubrey David badly misjudged a play, with his attempt to head the ball back to the keeper ending in a collision… and with the ball in the back of the net. His own-goal made it 1-0 (1-1 aggregate).
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.
The semifinals are a two-legged, aggregate goals series; away goals are tiebreakers. If both the aggregate and the away goals are level at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.
First Leg Results
Monterrey 1-0 Cruz Azul
Pumas UNAM 1-1 América