La Fiera were in a comfortable position going into this game after picking up a 3-1 away win in the first leg; the Xolos needed to win by three to move on, and León had the best defensive record in the league this season. The hosts could have sat back and let the first leg result be decisive, but instead they came out looking to win and they soon had the opening goal.
Saturday’s clash between these two will be a winner-takes-all affair after a draw on Wednesday night. Tigres, with both an away goal and the advantage of being the higher seed, are in a more comfortable position; in addition to a win, they would go through with either a goalless draw or another 1-1 result. The universitarios lost just once in El Volcán in the regular season, and drew just once as well; their other six games all ended in victories.
On the other hand, to say Pachuca did not travel well would be an understatement; the Tuzos did not win a single one of their nine away games, picking up four draws and five losses on their travels. They also managed just six goals on the road, while allowing 21. Pachuca will need a much better result here if they want to move on to the semifinals.
The game started off fairly evenly, with León looking somewhat stronger but neither team taking firm control. Then, in the 31st minute, the visitors took the lead. William Tesillo took the ball upfield and played José Juan Macías into the box, where he turned and beat Manuel Gibrán Lajud to make it 0-1.
Pachuca vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pachuca (7th) finished off the regular season with a 2-1 loss to León, a result that ended their five-game unbeaten streak. They’ll look to bounce back in their quarterfinal opener, and they were unbeaten at home in the regular season, amassing an 8-0-0 record in the Estadio Hidalgo. They’ll look to put that home field advantage to good use here, especially knowing that they failed to win a single game on the road in the Clausura 2019. The Tuzos will need to get this series off to a good start if they want to advance. Pachuca was also plagued by defensive difficulties this season, and they allowed the most goals of any of the Liguilla teams – on the other hand, they allowed just five goals in their eight home matches, while scoring 26 of their own. Continue reading
Víctor Velázquez of Lobos BUAP, Vladimir Loroña of Puebla, and Ángel Zaldívar of Monterrey were all given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Omar Mendoza of Tijuana was suspended one game for yellow card accumulation after picking up his fifth caution of the season.
The season is over for Lobos and Puebla, so Velázquez and Loroña will serve their suspensions at the start of the Apertura 2019 season, while Zaldívar and Mendoza will miss the first leg of their respective quarterfinal series.
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it, with a red card allowing Tijuana to storm back for a 1-4 away victory. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the Xolos and keeps them firmly in the playoff race, while the michoacanos – long since eliminated from playoff contention – are now winless in two.
The game started off somewhat slowly, with neither team dominating, but in the 14th minute Morelia struck to take the lead. Miguel Ángel Sansores headed home a cross from Rodrigo Millar to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Lobos BUAP came back for a 1-2 away win. The result gives the Licántropos two wins in their last three and keeps them in playoff contention, while the Xolos have now lost two in a row and three of their last four.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 4th minute. A corner kick was nodded to the back post by Julián Velázquez, and Gustavo Bou was there, unmarked, to slot it home and give Tijuana the 1-0 lead very early on.
A late goal gave Pumas UNAM a 1-0 victory against Tijuana. The result gives the universitarios two wins in their last three and keeps them unbeaten at home in three, while the Xolos have now lost three straight on the road.
Pumas started the game off better, and they controlled possession; however, they weren’t able to do much to test young goalkeeper Carlos Higuera, who was making his league debut for Tijuana. Of course, the visitors didn’t do much to test Alfredo Saldívar at the other end, either, and the game remained goalless at halftime.
Tijuana got revenge after América knocked them out of the Copa MX in midweek by handing the Águilas a 3-2 defeat in league play. The result extends the Xolos’ home winning streak to five, while América saw their five-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off well for the Águilas, who took the lead in the 13th minute. Guido Rodríguez sent a long-range effort unerringly into the back of the net to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Querétaro scored late to beat Tijuana by the minimum difference in this one. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Gallos Blancos, while the Xolos have now lost two of their last three.
Querétaro was looking to move out of last place in the table when they returned home here. A sparse crowd didn’t give them much of a home-field advantage, but they were ultimately able to do enough to earn just their second victory of the season.