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América Reaches Apertura 2018 Final

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.

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Cruz Azul Reaches Apertura 2018 Final

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.

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Femenil Semifinals: América vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Second Leg

América came from two goals down on the night to tie Chivas de Guadalajara 2-2, but the Águilas couldn’t overcome the first-leg deficit as they fell 6-4 on aggregate in the Liga MX Femenil semifinals.

The visitors came into this game with a 4-2 aggregate lead, and it didn’t take long for them to add to it. In the 9th minute, Brenda Viramontes pounced on a defensive miscue – a badly mis-hit clearance – to make it 1-0 (5-2) in favor of Chivas.

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Necaxa vs Atlante – Semifinal Second Leg Recap and Highlights

liga de ascensoNecaxa advanced to the Clausura 2016 Gran Final with a 3-2 (5-3 aggregate) win over Atlante in the Ascenso MX semifinals.

Necaxa, playing at home and with an advantage from the first leg, was cautious in the first half. The Rayos were content to defend their lead, rather than look to add to it. Atlante needed to score, but they were unable to generate much going forward.  Continue reading

Mineros de Zacatecas vs Leones Negros – Semifinal First Leg Recap and Highlights

liga de ascensoIt’s all to play for in the second leg after Mineros de Zacatecas and Leones Negros drew 1-1 on Thursday night. First-seeded Leones took the lead but couldn’t hold it, and they will now look to finish off the job at home on Sunday.

The visiting Universidad de Guadalajara took the lead in the 16th minute, when Jorge Mora tried his luck from distance. Goalkeeper Carlos Velázquez couldn’t hold on to the ball and it slipped past him into the net.  Continue reading

CCL: Santos Laguna vs América – Semifinal First Leg Recap and Highlights

concacaf championsOribe Peralta and Carlos Darwin Quintero, Santos Laguna’s all-time leading goalscorers in the CONCACAF Champions League – who are now both playing for América – had indicated they would not celebrate tonight should they score against their former team. It ended up being a moot point, however, as Santos Laguna and América played out a 0-0 draw in the Estadio Corona on Tuesday night in the first leg of their CCL semifinal series.

Santos Laguna looked to make their home field advantage count here, and Martín Bravo and Néstor Calderón were both able to create some opportunities, although neither could finish them.  Continue reading

Copa Libertadores: Tigres UANL vs Internacional – Recap and Highlights

Copa_Bridgestone_Libertadores_logoTigres UANL went into the second leg of their Copa Libertadores semifinal series against Internacional trailing the Brazilians 2-1 on aggregate. They overturned that deficit, winning 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate to claim a berth in the Copa Libertadores final against River Plate.

Tigres UANL becomes just the third Mexican team in history to reach a Copa Libertadores final, after Chivas de Guadalajara in 2010 and Cruz Azul in 2001. No Mexican team has ever won the tournament, and Tigres will have the chance to write themselves into the record books against River Plate.

The universitarios have already made history by reaching the final, and it was two of Tigres’ newest players who put them on the path to victory in tonight’s match. In the 18th minute, Jürgen Damm sent in a cross from the right for André-Pierre Gignac, who opened the scoring with a powerful header.

That goal made it 1-0 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate, but due to the away goal tiebreaker, that would have been all Tigres needed to advance. But the Mexicans, playing in front of a packed house in the Volcán, didn’t stop there.

In the 40th minute, Inter made a fatal mistake, with Geferson scoring an impressive own goal from the top of the box to put Tigres completely in the driver’s seat.

In the second half, Tigres had the chance to make it 3-0 early on after earning a penalty kick in the 50th minute, but Rafael Sobis saw his spot kick saved. However, five minutes after the missed PK, Tigres would make it 3-0, with Egidio Arévalo finishing off a cross from Damm with a diving header.

That was the icing on the cake for Tigres, and it proved to be an important goal as Internacional managed to score a consolation goal through Lisandro López in the 87th minute, making it 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.

Tigres will host the first leg of the final against River Plate on July 29th, with the second leg to be played in Argentina on August 5th.

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Lineups

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, José Ricas, Juninho, José Francisco Torres, Israel Jiménez, Egidio Arévalo, Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 74′), Jürgen Damm (Édgar Gerardo Lugo 83′), Rafael Sobis, André-Pierre Gignac.

Internacional: Alisson Ramses, William Bruno (Rafael Martiniano de Miranda 33′), Ernando Claudio, Juan Silveira, Geferson Cerqueira, Rodrigo Dourado, Charles Aránguiz, Andrés D’Alessandro, Wanderson Ferreira (Alex 59′), Nilmar (Eduardo Sasha 59′), Lisandro López. 

Copa Libertadores: Internacional vs Tigres UANL – Where to Watch

Copa_Bridgestone_Libertadores_logoAbout six weeks after the quarterfinals were played, the first legs of the 2015 Copa Libertadores semifinals will finally be held. Mexico’s remaining entrant, Tigres UANL, will face Internacional of Brazil in this round. The first leg will be held in Brazil this Wednesday.

Tigres UANL is still in preseason form, with the Apertura 2015 Liga MX season not kicking off until July 24th. Internacional, meanwhile, is in the midst of the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro, although they have been struggling in league play. They currently sit 12th in the table and have won just one of their last four games.

Copa Libertadores – Semifinal First Leg
Wednesday, July 15
Internacional vs Tigres UANL – 8:45 PM – Fox Deportes

Copa MX Semifinal: Where to Watch

copa mx logoChivas de Guadalajara will finally learn who they will face in the Copa MX final when Puebla and Monterrey face off in their rescheduled semifinal match on Tuesday night.

The semifinal is a one-game, single-elimination event, and should the game be tied at the end of 90 minutes it will proceed directly to a penalty shootout – there is no extra time period.

Puebla reached the semifinals by defeating Mérida 2-1 in the quarterfinals, while Monterrey breezed past Correcaminos in the same round with a 4-1 victory.

Copa MX Semifinal
Tuesday, April 7
Puebla vs Monterrey – 9:00 PM – Galavision / ESPN Deportes

Cruz Azul vs Real Madrid – Club World Cup

club world cup logoReal Madrid booked a place in the Club World Cup final with a 4-0 dismantling of Cruz Azul, who will have to content themselves with contesting the tournament’s third-place match.

Madrid was on the front foot from the beginning, with Jesús Corona forced into a point-blank save of a Cristiano Ronaldo shot in just the third minute. The UEFA champions kept pressing, and they got their reward in the 15th minute, when Corona came off his line on a set piece and was beaten to the ball by Sergio Ramos. The defender’s header found the back of the net to open the scoring and give Madrid the 1-0 lead.

Twenty minutes later, Karim Benzema got around Gerardo Flores in the box and shot through Corona’s legs to make it 2-0 for the Spaniards. Cruz Azul was floundering, but La Máquina was given a golden chance to reduce the deficit in the 40th minute.

Sergio Ramos took down Mariano Pavone in the box and referee Enrique Osses pointed to the penalty spot. Gerardo Torrado converted two penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round against Western Sydney Wanderers, but the third time was not the charm. Torrado’s spot kick was easily parried by Iker Casillas.

Two minutes later, Pavone found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the striker took too long to make a decision and Casillas was able to take the ball off his feet. With that, Madrid took the 2-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Madrid continued from where they had left off. In the 50th minute, Gareth Bale made it 3-0 when he headed home a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo himself could have made it 4-0 minutes later, but the striker went for the trick shot – a rabona – and Corona was able to make the save.

Luis Fernando Tena turned to his bench, inserting Marco Fabián and Pablo Barrera in the 64th minute, and it very nearly paid off. Moments after entering the game, Barrera hit the post with a long-range shot that had Casillas beaten.

Unfortunately for La Máquina, that was about as close as they would get. Madrid continued to dominate the game and Isco put the icing on the cake with his 72nd minute goal.

With the 4-0 win, Real Madrid advances to the final, where they will face the winner of the San Lorenzo/Auckland game on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Cruz Azul will face the loser of that semifinal in the third-place match. Both games will be played on Saturday, December 20.

Highlights

Lineups

Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Julio César Domínguez, Gerardo Flores, Francisco Rodríguez, Fausto Pinto, Hernán Bernardello, Christian Giménez (Marco Fabián 64′), Joao Rojas (Ismael Valadéz 76′), Gerardo Torrado, Mauro Formica, Mariano Pavone (Pablo Barrera 64′).

Real Madrid: Iker Casillas, Marcelo Vieira, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Danny Carvajal, Francisco Alarcón (Jese Rodríguez 76′), Asier Illarramendi, Toni Kroos (Sami Khedira 72′), Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.