The final game of the Apertura 2017 season will be played this Thursday, when Monterrey hosts Pachuca in the Gran Final of the Copa MX.
The Copa MX schedule was disrupted by the earthquakes that struck Mexico this fall, and then the final was further pushed back as the Rayados had qualified for the league playoffs while the Tuzos traveled to the United Arab Emirates for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup.
The 2017 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Pachuca, will continue their participation this Tuesday.
Pachuca advanced past CAF representative Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory in extra time, and they will now take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio, who is entering the tournament in this round.
The 2017 FIFA Club World Cup is underway in the United Arab Emirates, and CONCACAF’s representative, Mexico’s Pachuca, will begin their participation this Saturday.
Pachuca will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the quarterfinals, with the winner advancing to the semifinals to take on CONMEBOL champion Grêmio and the loser facing the loser of the other quarterfinal, Al-Jazira vs Urawa Red Diamonds, in the fifth-place match.
This is Pachuca’s fourth appearance in the Club World Cup, having previously participated in 2007, 2008, and 2010; the Tuzos’ best showing came in 2010, when they finished fourth.
Wydad Casablanca is participating in the tournament for the first time.
All times Eastern.
Club World Cup – Quarterfinals Saturday, December 9 Pachuca (MEX) vs Wydad Casablanca (MOR) – 8:00 AM – Telemundo / En Vivo Extra
The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is a historic affair, with regional rivals Monterrey and Tigres UANL directly contesting the Liga MX title for the first time. Although there have been Clásico Regios in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the playoffs before, this is the first time the Rayados and the universitarios will go head-to-head in the final.
Tigres finished the regular season in second and advanced past 7th-seeded León in the quarterfinals and 3rd-seeded América in the semis, while Monterrey was the superlíder and beat 8th-seeded Atlas and then 4th-seeded Morelia.
Tigres will host the first leg of the Gran Final on Thursday, while Monterrey will host the decisive second leg on Sunday.