Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday night that leaves La Máquina with just one win in their last nine. Meanwhile, the universitarios extended their unbeaten streak to four games.
Both teams had chances in the first half, but the final touch was lacking. Martín Cauteruccio was particularly profligate for Cruz Azul, as the Uruguayan failed to capitalize on no fewer than three good opportunities.
In the first leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, Tigres UANL picked up a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The universitarios largely controlled possession in the first half as they looked to make their home field advantage count. Their best opportunity came when Jürgen Damm sent a cross to the far post for Eduardo Vargas, but goalkeeper David Ousted was able to make the save.
It’s Liga MX vs MLS in both of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
First, on Tuesday, Tigres UANL will host the Vancouver Whitecaps, before Pachuca travels to take on FC Dallas on Wednesday.
The semifinals are a total-goals, aggregate-score series. Away goals are tiebreakers. Should the aggregate and away goals be tied at the end of the second leg, the games will advance to extra time and then penalties if needed.
Tigres UANL booked their spot in the semifinals of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League with a 0-3 away win against Pumas UNAM. The 1-1 draw in the first leg left everything to play for in this one, and it was the visitors who took advantage.
Pumas started the game off with an attacking mindset, but they couldn’t get past Nahuel Guzmán, who was making his return to the field after a six-week layoff following foot surgery. On the other hand, although Tigres had fewer chances, they were able to convert them.
After the Jornada 7 game between Veracruz and Tigres UANL ended with extensive violence in the stands, Liga MX opened an investigation into the incident.
This afternoon, league president Enrique Bonilla and Eugenio Rivas, president of the the Disciplinary Committee, held a press conference to discuss the sanctions for the involved clubs.
Bonilla first addressed the causes of the incident, noting that “Liga MX must recognize that the established protocols were not adequately applied… The clubs, for their part, didn’t take the relevant measures to hold a game of this magnitude: the home team didn’t implement the necessary security operations for a game with 25,000 fans.”
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in two while leaving Morelia winless in the same span.
The visitors, who would have moved out of last place in the relegation standings with a win, came out looking to earn exactly that. Morelia had the better of the early opportunities, and in the 29th minute their pressure paid off with a penalty.
Tigres UANL and Pumas UNAM played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this all-Liga-MX CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. Both teams created numerous chances, but turning them into goals was a sticking point.
Tigres had the first chance of the game through André-Pierre Gignac, before Pumas tried their luck with a pair of shots from Matías Britos. It wasn’t until the 40th minute, though, that Tigres found the breakthrough.
Four months after the conclusion of the group stage, the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League gets back underway this week with the first legs of the quarterfinals.
Three of Mexico’s four entrants advanced to the quarterfinals, and Liga MX is guaranteed to have at least one semifinalist after Pumas UNAM and Tigres UANL were drawn against each other. The other Mexican representative, Pachuca, will face Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa.
Following Tigres UANL’s 3-0 away win against Veracruz, a huge fight broke out in the stands, with the violence throwing a shadow over what had been an entertaining game.
After the loss, some of the Tiburones Rojos supporters climbed over the barriers around the section where the away fans were located and began to hit and kick the Tigres fans and throw bottles at them.
Police inaction in the face of the violence – which went so far as to include someone being beaten with a pipe – infuriated Tigres coach Tuca Ferretti, who shoved and shouted at an officer in riot gear who was standing on the field watching the events in the stands.