Miguel Herrera, coach of Tijuana, will be sidelined for the Xolos’ next two games. Herrera was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for a lack of respect towards the match officials.
Tijuana scored a stoppage-time goal to snatch a 1-1 draw against Santos Laguna in the opening game of matchweek 11. The result leaves the Xolos winless in two while the Laguneros are now winless in six.
The game started off well for the visitors, with Santos controlling the run of play in the early going. Ulises Rivas forced Gibran Lajud into a good save in the 20th minute, and two minutes after that Osvaldo Martínez gave them the lead with a shot from distance.
Tijuana controlled the run of play in the first half, with the hosts enjoying more possession and a number of dangerous chances. Víctor Malcorra and Paul Arriola were very active going forward and the pair nearly connected to open the scoring, only for a deflection to send the ball over the bar.
However, in the second half Morelia got into the game. The visitors began to create their own chances, albeit primarily through set pieces.
The hosts took the initiative from the opening whistle and the Xolos dominated possession and chances. After spending much of the game in América’s defensive third, Tijuana found the breakthrough in the 28th minute.
Guido Rodríguez played in Paul Arriola, who sent his low shot past Agustín Marchesín to make it 1-0.
The winners from the round of sixteen have now been paired up for the quarterfinals, which will feature seven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX.
The quarterfinal match-ups are as follows:
The two most notable suspensions go to Rubens Sambueza of Toluca and Andrés Andrade of León, who are indefinitely suspended until the Committee can make a definitive ruling. Sambueza and Andrade were both involved in red-card challenges that resulted in significant injury (to Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively).
The clubs of the injured players have requested the disqualification of Sambueza and Andrade for the duration of Brizuela and Ibarra’s injury layoffs.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca came back to earn a 2-3 away win. The result ends a three-game road winless streak for the Tuzos – and puts them at least temporarily atop the table – while the Xolos saw their two-game unbeaten run brought to a halt.
Tijuana had the first chance of the game in the 9th minute through Milton Caraglio, and then Pachuca suffered an early setback as Hirving Lozano was forced out of the game with an injury in the 15th minute. “Chucky” was stretchered off the field after a foul by Michael Orozco.
Venados 1-1 Atlante (Group 6)
Venados earned their first point of the Copa MX in their final game of the tournament with a 1-1 draw with Atlante. The result leaves Atlante needing several other results to go their way in order to advance. The visitors looked the better side for long stretches of the game, but Venados defended valiantly and prevented the Potros from getting the win they needed.
Then, late in the second half, the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot. Fernando Herrera was called for a foul on Freddy Martín, and Leandro Navarro converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 in the 72nd minute. But Atlante quickly found a response, with Óscar Uscanga tying the game 1-1 in the 76th minute.
With the 1-1 draw, Venados reach one point while Atlante reaches five.
Tijuana moved back into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 2-0 victory over Monterrey. The result ends the Rayados’ unbeaten start to the Clausura 2017 season.
The Xolos were looking to get back to winning ways after a loss and a draw in their last two outings, and they began attacking from the opening whistle. In the 17th minute, Víctor Malcorra sent a low cross to the near post, where Juan Lucero appeared to finish off the chance and make it 1-0.
Atlante 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 6)
Atlante took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 1-3 away win in this Group 6 match. The victory ensures Chivas will advance to the knockout rounds of the Copa MX. The opening goal came in the 24th minute through Fernando Espinosa, whose shot from the center of the box made it 1-0.
Chivas had to wait until the second half to find a goal of their own, with Carlos Fierro making it 1-1 in the 61st minute. A few minutes later, both teams were reduced to 10 men with the sending offs of Carlos Cauich and Hedgardo Marín. Ultimately it was Chivas who took advantage of the extra space on the field, with goals from Eduardo López in the 84th minute and Michelle Benítez in stoppage time to give them the 1-3 victory.
With the 1-3 win, Chivas reaches 10 points while Atlante still has four.