Cruz Azul vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (14th) drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless in five. La Máquina is unbeaten at home this season, and the Estadio Azul was also the site of their lone win to date; they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They failed to win in midweek as well, however, where a 0-0 draw with Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX extended their winless streak in all competitions to eight games.
As for Atlas (11th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Clásico Tapatío last weekend. That result ended their home unbeaten streak and leaves them winless in two overall. Atlas is unbeaten in two on the road, however, and they’ll look to add to Cruz Azul’s woes with another away win in this one. They will also be more rested than their opponent, as Atlas did not have a midweek game.
América beat arch-rival Chivas de Guadalajara 0-1 (1-2 aggregate) to emerge victorious in this Superclásico quarterfinal series. The first-leg draw meant this was a winner-takes-all affair, although Chivas, as the higher seed and the team with an away goal, was better positioned at kickoff as they needed just a goalless draw to go through.
The visiting Águilas were the ones who needed to go on the offensive and they looked to take the initiative with attacks down the wings, particularly through Carlos Darwin Quintero, who was active early on. But Chivas absorbed the pressure and defended well, and they nearly opened the scoring themselves through Carlos Cisneros in the 41st minute.
Chivas de Guadalajara (4) vs América (5) – 7:06 PM – Univision Deportes First leg: América 1-1 Chivas
Thursday night’s result gives Chivas the slight advantage, as they have an away goal, but the draw still leaves everything to play for as this game will be winner-takes-all. Chivas can also advance with a 0-0 or 1-1 draw, while a 2-2 draw or higher would send América on to the semifinals.
The Apertura 2016 Liga MX semifinalists will be determined this weekend as Tijuana, Pachuca, Tigres UANL, Chivas de Guadalajara, América, Pumas UNAM, Necaxa, and León play the second legs of their quarterfinal series.
The quarterfinals are a 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.
América and Chivas de Guadalajara played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Superclásico quarterfinal series. The Águilas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as a penalty put Chivas back on level footing.
The game was intense from the opening whistle, as these rivalry matches always are, and the hosts took the lead in the 23rd minute. Silvio Romero and William da Silva combined well before the Brazilian beat Rodolfo Cota to make it 1-0 for América.
Necaxa vs Pachuca – 8:30 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (7th) drew 1-1 with Chivas de Guadalajara in their final regular-season game to keep them unbeaten in two. Edson Puch was sent off in that game, but he was cleared by the Disciplinary Committee and will be available for this match. The Rayos have a three-game home winning streak going and are in fact unbeaten at home this season, a streak they will look to keep alive here.
In this Copa MX edition of the SuperClásico, América and Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 in regulation, with El Rebaño emerging victorious in the ensuing penalty shootout.
The game started off well for the Águilas, as Michael Arroyo gave América the lead in the 19th minute. He collected a long pass, drove into the box, got around his defender, and beat Toño Rodríguez to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Chivas immediately began pressing for an equalizer, and they had several good chances to find one. Perhaps the best chance of the half came in the 35th minute, when Néstor Calderón’s shot from distance was heading for the top corner until Hugo González got just enough on it to tip it into the woodwork.