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 is returning to a league final for the first time since the Apertura 2006 season, and they will be looking for their 12th title – which would tie rivals América for most league championships.
Tigres, meanwhile, is looking for their sixth league title, and they are also looking to become just the third team to win back-to-back titles in the short season era, after Pumas in the Clausura 2004/Apertura 2004 and León in the Apertura 2013/Clausura 2014 seasons.
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.
The semifinals will be held this week, with the first legs on Thursday and the return legs coming over the weekend.
Like the quarterfinals, the semifinals are a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. If the aggregate and away goals are both level at the end of the second leg, the higher seed will advance.
The complete match-ups are as follows:
Tigres UANL picked up a 0-2 away win against Monterrey in the second leg of their Clásico Regio quarterfinal series to confirm the universitarios’ place in the semifinals with a 6-1 aggregate victory.
The series was all-but-decided after Tigres earned an emphatic 4-1 win in the first leg, but Monterrey was looking to salvage some pride, if not the series, in their home leg. The Rayados started the game off at a good pace, but they were unable to find an early goal to give them hope.
Tigres UANL took a commanding lead in this Clásico Regio quarterfinal series with a 4-1 first leg victory against Monterrey. In addition, the Rayados had Aldo de Nigris sent off, which will see him suspended for the second leg.
Playing in front of a packed house in the Volcán, Tigres took the lead in the 20th minute. Hugo González cut out a cross, but he sent the rebound directly to André-Pierre Gignac, who made it 1-0.
This is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. Should both the aggregate and the away goals be tied at the end of a series, the higher seed will advance.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
The eight finalists are known and the seeds are set. Tijuana, Monterrey, Chivas de Guadalajara, Toluca, Santos Laguna, Atlas, Tigres UANL, and Monarcas Morelia will now face off for the Clausura 2017 title.
The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs this Wednesday and Thursday and the return legs coming over the weekend. There are two clásicos in this round, with Monterrey and Tigres facing off in the Clásico Regio and Chivas and Atlas contesting the Clásico Tapatío.
The complete match-ups are as follows:
Tigres UANL booked their spot in the playoffs with a comprehensive 1-5 away win against Querétaro. The Gallos Blancos were essentially eliminated from playoff contention before this game, with the loss simply confirming it.
The universitarios needed a win to ensure their spot in the Liguilla, and the game started off well for them as they took the lead in just the 8th minute. André-Pierre Gignac opened the scoring for Tigres when he finished off a cross from Jesús Dueñas that Miguel Ángel Martínez failed to clear.
Tigres UANL earned a second consecutive home win and put themselves into the thick of the playoff fight with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Tijuana. The loss ends the Xolos’ six-game unbeaten streak but still leaves them in first place, pending the rest of this weekend’s results.
After losing in the Clásico Regio last weekend and then losing in the CONCACAF Champions League final in midweek, the universitarios were in need of a morale-boosting win. That’s exactly what they got here, and it didn’t even take them long to open the scoring.