Chivas de Guadalajara drew 1-1 with Toluca in the second leg of their semifinal series, resulting in a 2-2 aggregate score. With away goals level at one apiece, the higher-seed tiebreaker went into effect, putting Chivas in the final as the third seed to Toluca’s fourth.
Chivas was in the better position going into tonight, thanks to their away goal in the first leg as well as their position as the higher seed; all they needed to do was maintain the 0-0 scoreline to move on, but the hosts were eager to score a goal or two to give themselves even more security. In the 10th minute, Orbelín Pineda came close, only to be denied by the crossbar.
A pair of late goals saw Toluca and Chivas de Guadalajara draw 1-1 in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 semifinal series.
The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.
The quarterfinals saw three of the top four seeds advance, and they – plus 7th seeded Tigres UANL – will now look to earn a spot in the final.
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.
Santos Laguna earned a 1-3 away win against Toluca in the second leg of their quarterfinal series, but even that was not enough to overturn their first-leg deficit as Toluca won the series 5-4 on aggregate.
Santos had a lot of ground to make up, needing a minimum of four goals to advance, but they came out looking to make a game of it. Alfredo Talavera made a pair of good saves to keep them from taking the lead early on, but he couldn’t keep out his own teammate in the 20th minute.
Santos Laguna’s season-long home unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt in the first game of the playoffs, where Toluca picked up an impressive 1-4 away win in the first leg of this quarterfinal series. The victory is also the first one for the Diablos Rojos in Torreón since 2004.
The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute, when Gabriel Hauche finished off a cross from Rubens Sambueza – back from suspension – to make it 0-1.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended six players and one physical trainer in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 17 games.
Jesús Méndez of Toluca will miss the Diablos Rojos’ first playoff game for a lack of respect towards the match officials; Djaniny Tavares and Walter Gael Sandoval, both of Santos Laguna, will likewise miss their quarterfinal first leg game due to serious foul play.
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.
Santos Laguna fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw Toluca 2-2 in a game that finished 9 vs 10. Both teams were assured of a playoff spot going into this, but were playing for seeding; the draw sees them finish fourth and fifth, which will pit them against each other in the quarterfinals.
The hosts controlled the game early, but a 26th-minute red card to Djaniny allowed Toluca to begin to dominate. In the 35th minute, Gabriel Hauche sent a cross into the box for Pablo Barrientos, who gave the Diablos Rojos the 0-1 lead.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players and an assistant coach and opened an investigation in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 16 games.
The two suspended players both belong to Monterrey, with Iván Piris receiving a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the same game while Jesús Molina was suspended for yellow-card accumulation after picking up his fifth caution of the season.