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.
It took extra time, but in the end Grêmio earned a 1-0 victory against 10-man Pachuca in the 2017 Club World Cup semifinals.
The game was hard-fought from the beginning as both teams looked to make their mark. Chances were few and far between, however, with a strong defensive showing on either end limiting both Pachuca and Grêmio largely to shots from distance.
The 2017 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Pachuca, will continue their participation this Tuesday.
Pachuca advanced past CAF representative Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory in extra time, and they will now take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio, who is entering the tournament in this round.
Monterrey earned a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia in the second leg of their semifinal series to put the Rayados into the Gran Final with a 5-0 aggregate win.
It didn’t take the Rayados long to add to their aggregate lead, with Monterrey making it 1-0 (2-0) in just the 9th minute. Hugo González sent a long clearance to Rogelio Funes Mori, who let the ball bounce and then sent his volleyed shot past Sebastián Sosa.