A 1-1 first-leg draw left everything to play for here, and the Rayados grabbed a very early lead. In just the 2nd minute, Rogelio Funes Mori brought the ball down for Dorlan Pabón, whose volley beat Nahuel Guzmán to make it 1-0 (2-1) for the hosts.
Tigres UANL beat rivals Monterrey 2-1 in Sunday’s second leg (3-2 aggregate) to win the Apertura 2017 league title.
The universitarios entered the Liguilla as the second seed, and they advanced past seventh-seeded León and third-seeded América in the quarter- and semi-finals, respectively, to set up a meeting with superlíder Monterrey in the Gran Final.
A 1-1 first leg draw kept everything up in the air for the second leg of this historic Clásico Regio final, where Tigres earned a 2-1 away win to lift the title.
The Apertura 2017 league title is Tigres’ sixth. They previously won the league in the 1977-78, 1981-82, Apertura 2011, Apertura 2015, and Apertura 2016 seasons. This is coach Ricardo Ferretti’s seventh title with Tigres and his fourth league title with the club. It is his sixth Liga MX title overall.
In the first leg of this historic Clásico Regio Gran Final, Tigres UANL and Monterrey played to a 1-1 draw. It was a hard-fought game in wintry weather, with both rain and hail falling over the course of the 90 minutes – conditions that didn’t deter the 41,602 fans who were present in the Volcán.
The visitors took an early lead from a set piece. In the 8th minute, Dorlan Pabón sent a corner kick to the near post, where Nicolás Sánchez nodded the ball on. Nahuel Guzmán couldn’t keep it out and Monterrey had the 0-1 lead.
The semifinals have wrapped up and the Apertura 2017 finalists have been determined. The top two seeds advanced to the final, and Monterrey and Tigres UANL will now face off to determine the Apertura 2017 Liga MX Champion.
This will be the first Clásico Regio Gran Final; the two regional rivals have never before faced off in a Liga MX final, although they have played each other five times in other rounds of the Liguilla.
Tigres UANL earned a 3-0 win against nine-man América in the second leg of their semifinal series to put the universitarios into the Gran Final with a 4-0 aggregate win. This will be Tigres’ third straight appearance in the final.
América came out attacking as they looked to overturn the first-leg deficit, but it was the hosts who always looked more likely to open the scoring. Tigres hit the woodwork twice, through Enner Valencia and André-Pierre Gignac, but neither team was able to find the breakthrough in the first half.
The visiting universitarios put the pressure on from the start, with André-Pierre Gignac forcing a good save out of Agustín Marchesín in the third minute. Marchesín was then called into action against Eduardo Vargas, with the keeper making a fingertip save to keep Tigres off the board in the 12th minute.
The quarterfinals wrapped up this Sunday with all four higher seeds advancing. Monterrey, the superlíder, was the only team to win their quarterfinal series outright, with Tigres UANL, América, and Monarcas Morelia all needing tiebreakers to advance after aggregate draws.
Those four teams will now face off in the semifinals this week, with the first legs in midweek and the return legs over the weekend. Tigres and América will play Wednesday and Saturday, with Monterrey and Morelia playing Thursday and Sunday.
The complete schedule and match-ups are as follows:
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with León in the second leg of their quarterfinal series. That draw was all they needed however; with the aggregate tied 2-2, and away goals level at one apiece, Tigres advanced as the higher seed.
León started the game off well and they had the first good chance of the game through Álvaro Ramos, but Nahuel Guzmán was able to make the save. Tigres had several early chances as well, with André-Pierre Gignac looking particularly dangerous.
The visiting Tigres had the better of the chances in the first half, with André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas trying their luck, but the universitarios didn’t really threaten William Yarbrough’s goal.