The Clausura 2017 Gran Final is now in the books, and the all-night party is on in Guadalajara, as for the first time in over a decade the Chivas are Campeones! Guadalajara edged Tigres in a hard-fought 2-1 win that went down to the wire. Alan Pulido gave the Chivas the early lead in the 16th minute, then Jose Vasquez added a second goal in the 69th minute to make it 2-0. But as in the first game, Tigres wouldn’t go down easily-Ismael Sosa’s 88th-minute goal gave Tigres late hope, but 5+ minutes of intense extra time wasn’t enough as Guadalajara held on for a 4-3 total victory. The intensity didn’t stop there as one Tigres player was seen chasing a Guadalajara player afterwards like he was looking to fight him, and in the postmatch awards ceremony at least two Tigres players did not want to receive consolation medals from Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla, and also refused to go down the post-medal handshake line with Guadalajara, but at least coach Ricardo Ferretti was very gracious in defeat and shared a congratulatory handshake & embrace with Chivas coach Matias Almeyda, who was seen really living it up on the celebration and festivities, as he’s now led the Chivas to their 12th Liga MX Championship. The best part of all? REMATCH! The teams will now face off in the Campeon de Campeones on July 16 for the Grand Championship. The other big winner tonight was America, as with the Chivas winning the title America will now get to play in SUPERCOPA MX, replacing Guadalajara and facing Queretaro the same day.
Goals-Alan Pulido (Guadalajara, 16, 2nd of playoffs), Jose Vasquez (Guadalajara, 69′, 1st of playoffs), Ismael Sosa (Tigres, 88′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 6, Guadalajara 1
Corner kicks-Tigres 6, Guadalajara 1
Amarillas-Tigres 5 (Javier Aquino, 13′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 71′,Damian Alvarez, 82′, Nahuel Guzman, 85′, Sosa, 90′), Guadalajara 2 (Pulido, 85′, Vasquez, 89′)
Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 45,354 (99.97% capacity)-just 10 short of a sellout
Next up: Rematch in the Campeon de Campeones July 16 in Carson, CA; America to replace Guadalajara in SUPERCOPA MX vs. Queretaro