The Apertura 2018 Liga MX playoffs continue this week with the semifinal round. Three of the top four seeds made it through the quarterfinals – some with more difficulty than others – and now a spot in the Gran Final is on the line for the remaining teams.
The semifinals are a two-legged, home-and-away series decided by aggregate score. Away goals are tiebreakers; if both the aggregate and the away goals are level, the higher seed will advance.
The pairings are as follows:
Cruz Azul (1) vs Monterrey (5)
América (2) vs Pumas UNAM (3)
The Apertura 2018 edition of the Copa MX is nearing its conclusion, with the semifinal round slated for this Tuesday and Wednesday.
All four remaining teams are from Liga MX, with the final Ascenso MX representative, FC Juárez, being knocked out in the quarterfinal round. Now, Pachuca, Monterrey, Cruz Azul, and León will compete for a spot in the Gran Final.
The semifinals are single-elimination games held at the home of the higher seed. Should the teams be tied at the end of 90 minutes, the winner will be determined by a penalty shootout; no extra time will be played.
The Apertura 2018 Copa MX is back to its original schedule for the semifinals after a weather-delayed round of sixteen game had a knock-on effect on the quarterfinal schedule.
The competition is all caught up now, however, as Monterrey beat Querétaro 1-0 this week in their rescheduled match, and that result allowed the dates, times, and matchups of the semifinals to be confirmed.
Chivas de Guadalajara picked up a 1-0 victory against the 10-man New York Red Bulls in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.
After a fairly even start to the game, Chivas took the lead thanks to a defensive miscue. Tyler Adams turned the ball over near midfield as he tried to play out of the box, with Rodolfo Pizarro quickly countering; he laid the ball off for Isaác Brizuela, who slid it into the lower corner to make it 1-0 in the 26th minute.
Toronto FC picked up a 3-1 victory against América in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series on a cold, rainy night at BMO Field.
The hosts opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot. In the 8th minute, Edson Álvarez was called for bringing down Sebastian Giovinco in the box, and the Italian stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick. He sent Agustín Marchesín the wrong way to give Toronto the 1-0 lead.