The Apertura 2016 Copa Corona MX has reached the semifinal stage, and all four remaining teams are from Liga MX.
First, on Tuesday, Toluca will host Querétaro. The Gallos Blancos are enduring a poor league campaign, where they are sitting 15th. With the playoffs looking increasingly out of reach, Querétaro will look to salvage something from the season by reaching the Copa MX final.
Then, on Wednesday, comes the game everyone is waiting for. Eternal rivals América and Chivas de Guadalajara will play out the next chapter of the SuperClásico as each looks to knock the other out of the Copa MX.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned a 0-3 victory over América in the Apertura 2016 edition of the SuperClásico. The victory keeps Chivas unbeaten in four matches and was their second consecutive road win. As for América, the Águilas are now winless in three.
Chivas had struggled to score prior to this game, with just four goals total and only one on the road. Nevertheless, they opened the scoring here in the 19th minute when a cross from Isaác Brizuela resulted in an own-goal as the unfortunate Osmar Mares deflected the ball past Moisés Muñoz.
Querétaro vs Necaxa – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (7th) fell 2-1 to León last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. They are still unbeaten at home, however, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways here. The Gallos Blancos have one of the better defensive records in the league and they’ve only allowed one goal at home to date. They were active in the Copa MX in midweek, where they played out a 1-1 road draw against Puebla.
América came from behind to defeat Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 in the second leg of their SuperClásico quarterfinal series. With the 0-0 draw from the first leg, América advanced to the semifinals with the 2-1 aggregate win.
Both teams came out attacking from the opening kickoff, and Jair Pereira hit the crossbar for Chivas in the 4th minute. Four minutes later, el Rebaño took the lead when Orbelín Pineda’s shot from outside the box bounced past Hugo González to give the visitors the 0-1 advantage. Continue reading →
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players and a coach in the aftermath of this week’s quarterfinal first leg matches. All the suspensions came as a result of incidents in the SuperClásico match between Chivas de Guadalajara and América.
América filed a petition of non-conformity regarding the red card given to Rubens Sambueza, but the Committee ruled that a foul had occurred on the play and the card was upheld. As a result, the Águilas will be without their captain for Sunday’s second leg.
América (4) vs Chivas de Guadalajara (5) – 7:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes First leg: Chivas 0-0 América
Thursday’s result leaves everything to play for as the second leg of the SuperClásico series is now winner-takes-all. A second goalless draw would advance América as the higher seed, while any draw with goals will send Chivas through on away goals. América has a very good home goalscoring record, but they also have the worst home defensive record of any of the playoff teams: they conceded 3+ goals on three occasions in the Azteca this season and only kept a clean sheet twice. They actually conceded nearly twice as many goals at home as on the road in the Clausura 2016, and they will have to be better in the back in this one. They will be missing captain Rubens Sambueza here as he earned a red card in the first leg.
The Clausura 2016 Liga MX semifinalists will be determined this weekend as Monterrey, Pachuca, León, América, Chivas de Guadalajara, Monarcas Morelia, Santos Laguna, and Tigres UANL 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.
There were more red cards than goals in the first leg of Chivas de Guadalajara and América’s quarterfinal SuperClásico series, as the match finished 0-0 and 10 vs 10. The teams combined for 27 shots but neither could find a goal in a chippy and controversial game.
The visiting Águilas had the first opportunities of the match with a pair of shots from outside the box that forced Rofoldo Cota into good saves. Chivas, for their part, attacked mainly down the wings and their best chance of the half came when Edwin Hernández’s cross/shot nearly got past Hugo González. Continue reading →