Mexico’s representatives will be in action on Tuesday and Wednesday, with all four teams hosting these second legs. Tigres UANL, the first Liga MX team in action, drew 2-2 with Herediano in their first leg in Costa Rica, meaning the universitarios will advance with a win or a 0-0 or 1-1 draw on Tuesday; a 2-2 draw would send the game to extra time, and a draw of 3-3 or higher would advance Herediano.
First leg results:
América 1-0 Monterrey
León 1-1 Pachuca
The semifinals are total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. Should both the aggregate and the away goals be tied at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
Cafelateros 1-1 Mineros de Zacatecas
Mineros de Zacatecas booked their spot in the semifinals after a 1-1 draw with Cafetaleros gave them the 3-2 aggregate victory. The hosts came out looking to overturn the first-leg deficit, and they created the first good chance of the game in the 21st minute through Abraham Carreño, who hit the post. However, it was the visitors who would take the lead. In the 29th minute, Roberto Nurse finished off a through ball from Marcos Caicedo to give Mineros the 0-1 (1-3 aggregate) lead. Continue reading
Pachuca 3-3 Monterrey
Pachuca let a 3-1 lead escape as they drew 3-3 with Monterrey on Tuesday night, but they still took the bonus Llave point with their 5-4 aggregate victory. With the draw and the bonus point, Pachuca reaches 14 points and the quarterfinals, while Monterrey reaches nine points and is eliminated. The Tuzos took the lead just after the half-hour mark through Omar Esparza, and then made it 2-0 through Lucas Silva in the 36th. Continue reading
Necaxa 2-1 Mineros de Zacatecas
Necaxa came from behind to defeat Mineros de Zacatecas 2-1 on Tuesday night, which also gave them the bonus Llave point for their 4-3 aggregate victory. With the win and the bonus point, Necaxa reaches 15 points and the quarterfinals while Mineros remain on 11 and are eliminated.
Mineros took the lead in this one through Yamilson Rivero, whose shot from the edge of the box found the back of the net in the 41st minute. But Necaxa responded through Jorge Sánchez in the 64th minute, with his free kick hitting the woodwork and then rebounding in off the back of the keeper. Luis Gallegos gave the hosts the victory with his 90th-minute goal.
León 1-4 Monarcas Morelia
Monarcas Morelia earned their first win of the competition in their last game in it, downing León 1-4 and also taking the bonus Llave point for their 7-4 aggregate victory. With the win and the bonus point, Morelia reaches six points while León remains on six. Both teams are eliminated.
Miguel Sansores gave the visitors the lead in the 16th minute, before Juan Ezequiel Cuevas tied the game 1-1 through a penalty kick in the 19th minute. After that, the game was all Morelia, though, and the visitors retook the lead through Alejandro Gagliardi just before halftime. In the second half, Sansores added his second of the night in the 47th before Rodolfo Vilchis wrapped up the scoring in the 58th to give Morelia a comfortable 1-4 victory.
Group Table – Group 4
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Venados 2-1 Atlante
Venados defeated Atlante 2-1 on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to take the bonus Llave point, which went to Atlante thanks to their 3-2 aggregate victory. With the victory, Venados reach 13 points while with the bonus point, Atlante reaches six. The result eliminates both teams, with Venados missing out on a spot in the quarterfinals only on goal difference.
The home team took the lead early, in the 13th minute. Julián Quiñones played in Luis Sánchez, whose cross was finished off by Sergio Rodríguez to make it 1-0. Atlante soon tied the game, however, with Luis Fernando Silva getting his head to a free kick to make it 1-1. In the second half, Venados regained the lead from the penalty spot. In the 66th minute, Jesús Palacios calmly slotted the PK home to make it 2-1 for the hosts.
Cafetaleros 1-2 Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul defeated Cafetaleros 1-2 on Wednesday and also took the bonus Llave point for their 7-3 aggregate victory. With the win and the bonus point, Cruz Azul reaches 16 points and the quarterfinals, while Cafetaleros remain on two points and are eliminated.
The visitors took the lead in the 30th minute, when Jorge Benítez received a through ball and sent a powerful shot towards goal; the ball struck a defender, but still maintained its trajectory into the back of the net. Cafetaleros then went down to 10 men with a red card to Carlos Utrilla in the 41st minute, but they still managed to find an equalizer just after halftime, with Julio Pardini making it 1-1 in the 46th. However, La Máquina responded immediately through Benítez, who scored his second of the night in the 49th minute.
Group Table – Group 6
FC Juárez 1-1 Leones Negros
FC Juárez came from behind to draw Leones Negros 1-1 on Tuesday night, which also gave them the bonus Llave point thanks to their 2-1 aggregate victory. With the draw and the bonus point, Juárez reach 12 points while Leones Negros reach eight. The result puts Juárez into the quarterfinals, while Leones are eliminated. Continue reading
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 2-0 Lobos BUAP
Alebrijes de Oaxaca earned a 2-0 win over Lobos BUAP and also took the bonus Llave point with their 3-1 aggregate victory, but the result still wasn’t enough for them to reach the quarterfinals. Alebrijes reached 10 points while Lobos remained on eight, and both teams were eliminated. Continue reading
Coras Tepic 3-2 Murciélagos
Coras Tepic scored a stoppage-time goal to defeat Murciélagos 3-2, which also gave them the bonus Llave point for their 5-2 aggregate victory. With the win and the bonus point, Coras reach 16 points and the quarterfinals, while Murciélagos remain on three and are eliminated. It was the visitors who took the lead in this one, with debutant Michel López making it 0-1 in the 23rd minute. Although Mateus Goncalves tied the game for Coras in the 35th minute, Murciélagos retook the lead before halftime through Fernando Cortés. Continue reading
Coras Tepic vs Murciélagos
Referee: Jesús Leopoldo Guerrero García
Assistant 1: Enrique Martínez Sandoval
Assistant 2: Alejandro Meza Cardeña
Fourth Official: Uriel Olvera Rios
Pachuca vs Monterrey
Referee: Erick Yair Miranda Galindo
Assistant 1: Víctor Hugo Romero Lupercio
Assistant 2: José de Jesús Baños Caballero
Fourth Official: Eduardo Galvan Basulto