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.
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 Xolos had the league’s most prolific attack in the regular season, and they were looking to show that their shutout loss to Morelia in the first leg was simply a fluke. All Tijuana needed here was one goal, and they were determined to get it.
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:
Monarcas Morelia earned a 1-0 victory over Tijuana in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 quarterfinal series. The shutout may prove to be just as important as the win, as Morelia was able to prevent the Xolos from picking up any away goals.
Morelia started the game off strongly and they took the lead just 10 minutes in. Jefferson Cuero sent a low cross to the far post, where Miguel Ángel Sansores knocked it back across goal, sending the ball into Gibrán Lajud and into the back of the net.
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:
The loss kept the Tiburones Rojos from challenging for their own playoff spot, but this season Veracruz’s goal was to avoid relegation, and from that perspective it’s job done for the sharks. They ultimately finished tied with Jaguares in the Tabla de Cociente but survived due to their superior goal difference.
Pachuca won the inaugural Liga MX Femenil cup competition with a comprehensive 9-1 thrashing of Tijuana. The scoreline is especially impressive given that the Torneo de Copa featured shorter games, with 35- rather than 45-minute halves.
The Xolas had not conceded a single goal during the three-game group stage, but it took the Tuzas just two minutes to find the breakthrough here. Berenice Muñoz scored almost as soon as the game began by tapping in a low cross, and Pachuca added to their lead just minutes later when Yamile Franco converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0 in the 6th minute.
Liga MX Femenil, the new women’s division, launched this week with an abbreviated 12-team cup tournament. The teams were divided into three groups of four, where they faced each group opponent once. After the three games, the two teams with the best overall records advanced to the final, which will be played on Saturday, May 6th, and aired live on Univision Deportes.
Pachuca swept Group 1 with three big wins (6-1 vs Chivas, 6-2 vs Morelia, 6-1 vs Toluca) while Tijuana likewise won out in Group 3, albeit by more modest margins (three 2-0 wins, against Cruz Azul, Necaxa, and Santos Laguna).
The tournament’s best attack (18 goals for) will now face the tournament’s best defense (0 goals allowed) in the final.