The Apertura 2018 Copa MX wraps up on Halloween as Monterrey and Cruz Azul contest the Gran Final.
The Copa MX final consists of a single game held at the home of the highest remaining seed. Should the game be tied at the end of 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will determine the champion; no extra time will be played.
The Rayados will host this Apertura 2018 final as they look for their third cup title, having previously lifted the trophy in the 1991-92 and Apertura 2017 seasons. La Máquina, meanwhile, is looking for their fourth title after winning in 1968-69 (against Monterrey), 1996-97, and the Clausura 2013.
The Apertura 2018 edition of the Copa MX is nearing its conclusion, with the semifinal round slated for this Tuesday and Wednesday.
All four remaining teams are from Liga MX, with the final Ascenso MX representative, FC Juárez, being knocked out in the quarterfinal round. Now, Pachuca, Monterrey, Cruz Azul, and León will compete for a spot in the Gran Final.
The semifinals are single-elimination games held at the home of the higher seed. Should the teams be tied at the end of 90 minutes, the winner will be determined by a penalty shootout; no extra time will be played.
After beating Costa Rica 3-2 on Friday, Mexico will now take on Chile in another international friendly. Interim coach Ricardo Ferretti used a Liga MX-based lineup in the game against CONCACAF competition Costa Rica, but Tuesday’s game will see El Tri’s European-based players take the field.
Chile fell 3-0 to Peru in their own friendly last Friday, a result that leaves La Roja winless in three. But the last time these two national teams faced off, Chile walked away with a stunning 7-0 victory, a result that Mexico will be anxious to erase from people’s minds with a strong showing in La Corregidora.
The Mexican national team will take on their Costa Rican counterparts in an international friendly in the Estadio Universitario on Thursday, October 11.
El Tri is still under the interim management of Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti, while the Ticos have just announced the hiring of Gustavo Matosas as their new coach. Matosas will be watching this friendly from the stands, however, as he will not take charge until after this month’s matches.
The postponement of the Round of 16 game between Monterrey and Zacatepec has had a cascading effect on the scheduling of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX knockout rounds.
This week will see Monterrey and Zacatepec play their postponed match as well as three of the quarterfinal games; the fourth quarterfinal, between the winner of Monterrey/Zacatepec and Querétaro, will be held during the upcoming FIFA break.
This week’s games are as follows; all times Eastern, home team listed first.