Mexico will not have the chance to defend their Gold Cup title after falling 1-0 to Jamaica in Sunday’s semifinal. El Tri was unable to score on the Reggae Boyz in the group stage or tonight’s semifinal, while Jamaica made a late free kick count to send them to their second straight Gold Cup final.
Goalkeeper Andre Blake repeatedly came up big for Jamaica as he stopped a deflected Jesús Dueñas shot in the 12th minute and then followed it up with a save on Erick Torres on the rebound.
The 2017 Gold Cup semifinals get underway this weekend, and Mexico will take on Jamaica on Sunday as both teams look to make a second-straight appearance in the final.
El Tri got the better of the Reggae Boyz in the 2015 final, which Mexico won 3-1. But in their meeting just 10 days ago in the group stage of this tournament, neither team could get past the other as they drew 0-0.
Both teams went unbeaten in the group stage, and in the quarterfinals, Mexico beat Honduras 1-0 while Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1.
Tigres UANL beat Tijuana 0-2 in the second leg of their semifinal series to give the universitarios the 4-0 aggregate victory and a spot in the Clausura 2017 Gran Final.
Tijuana came out looking to make their home-field advantage count as they needed to overturn the first-leg deficit against a Tigres side that has looked very dangerous in the playoffs. The Xolos found their first clear chance in the 13th minute, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save on Milton Caraglio’s header.
Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 with Toluca in the second leg of their semifinal series, resulting in a 2-2 aggregate score. With away goals level at one apiece, the higher-seed tiebreaker went into effect, putting Chivas in the final as the third seed to Toluca’s fourth.
Chivas was in the better position going into tonight, thanks to their away goal in the first leg as well as their position as the higher seed; all they needed to do was maintain the 0-0 scoreline to move on, but the hosts were eager to score a goal or two to give themselves even more security. In the 10th minute, Orbelín Pineda came close, only to be denied by the crossbar.
Tigres UANL continued their winning ways in the Clausura 2017 playoffs with a 2-0 victory against Tijuana in the first leg of their semifinal series.
The universitarios controlled possession from the opening whistle while the Xolos looked to defend and build out of the back. But just as Tijuana was getting somewhat settled on the field, Juan Carlos Valenzuela suffered an injury and had to be subbed out of the game.
A pair of late goals saw Toluca and Chivas de Guadalajara draw 1-1 in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 semifinal series.
The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.