The knockout rounds of the 2019-2020 Copa MX continue this week with the second legs of the semifinals.
The semifinals consist of a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are not tiebreakers. Should the aggregate be tied at the end of the second leg, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks – no extra time will be played.
First leg results
Tijuana 3-0 Toluca
FC Juárez 2-0 Monterrey
The knockout rounds of the 2019-2020 Copa MX continue this week with the second legs of the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals consist of a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are not tiebreakers. Should the aggregate be tied at the end of the second leg, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks – no extra time will be played.
First leg results Santos Laguna 0-0 Monterrey
Tijuana 3-1 Monarcas Morelia
Pachuca 2-2 Toluca
Dorados de Sinaloa 0-0 FC Juárez
América earned a 2-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia in the second leg of their semifinal series to level the aggregate at 2-2. With away goals not coming into play, the Águilas earned a place in the Gran Final thanks to the higher-seed tiebreaker.
América came into this one needing to score at least two goals, and they went on the attack from the beginning. The breakthrough came in the 37th minute, when Renato Ibarra’s shot from outside the box took a deflection off the defense and beat Sebastián Sosa to make it 1-0 (1-2 aggregate).
Monterrey scored late in stoppage time to beat Necaxa 1-0 on the right and assure their spot in the Gran Final with a 3-1 aggregate victory. The Rayados’ win means there will be an adjustment to the playoff schedule, since they’ll be playing in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup next week; as a result, the Liga MX final will be delayed by two weeks and played on December 26th and 29th.
The pressure was on Necaxa in this one; they needed to score to advance, while Monterrey would go through with a 0-0 draw. Nevertheless, it was the visitors who looked more dangerous in the attack. In the 14th minute, Jesús Gallardo was denied by the offside flag as Monterrey looked to seal the series.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended one player following the second legs of the Apertura 2019 quarterfinals.
The lone sanction was given to Luis Romo of Querétaro, who was suspended one game for serious foul play. Since the Gallos Blancos were eliminated from the playoffs, Romo will serve his suspension during the first game of the Clausura 2020 season.
América was the only quarterfinalist to overturn a first-leg deficit and advance as they beat Tigres UANL 2-4 on the night and 4-5 on aggregate to move on to the semifinals.
Tigres seemed to have the upper hand going into this one: a 2-1 aggregate lead, two away goals, and their positioning as the higher seed if it came down to that tiebreaker. But América came out attacking and before long they had the series turned on its head.
Querétaro mounted a valiant comeback attempt but a red card allowed Necaxa to retake control, with the Rayos earning a 2-3 win on the night and booking their spot in the semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate victory.
The Gallos Blancos needed to win at least 3-0 in order to overturn the first leg deficit, and they ame out attacking as they looked to do exactly that. It took just four minutes for Querétaro to get on the board, as Marcel Ruiz headed home a cross from Ayron del Valle to make it 1-0 (1-3) early on.
León took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia came back to earn a 1-2 win in the second leg of this quarterfinal series. That result puts La Monarquía through to the semifinals with a 5-4 aggregate victory.
The 3-3 draw from the first leg made this game a winner-takes-all affair, but the onus to score was all on Morelia since the tiebreakers meant all León needed to advance was a 0-0 draw. Both teams came out attacking, though, and Rodolfo Cota and Sebastián Sosa were both kept busy in their respective goals.
Tigres UANL claimed the Clausura 2019 title after a 1-0 aggregate victory against León in the Gran Final. The championship is the 7th for the universitarios, and Ricardo Ferretti is now tied with Ignacio Trelles for most titles won by a coach.
Tigres went into tonight’s game with the advantage after having picked up a 1-0 home win in the first leg, and that turned out to be the decisive goal as they played out a 0-0 draw in the second leg.
León, the highest-scoring team in league play, came out attacking but were frustrated by a well-organized Tigres’ defense, and were also hampered by the injury-forced substitution of Golden Boot winner Ángel Mena in the first half.