Apertura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 2 Results: Monterrey 4, Atlas 1

In the first game of today’s quarterfinals Game 2 doubleheader, Monterrey looked to stave off another early-postseason exit in their home game against Atlas. Fortunately for them and their fans the Rayados that were the most dominant home team in the regular season showed up and obliterated Atlas 4-1. Rogelio Funes Mori opened the scoring with a 13th minute goal, then 12 minutes later Carlos Sanchez scored his first of the postseason to make it 2-0 and all but insure Monterrey’s advancement. Right after that regular season scoring co-champion Aviles Hurtado scored his first of the playoffs and it was 3-0 not even 1/3 of the way through. Atlas broke up the shutout on a Milton Caraglio PENAL! in the 33rd minute, but that still left them down big, and Hurtado scored his second of the game in the 39th minute to make a comeback impossible. Surprisingly, there was no scoring in the second half. With the blowout, Monterrey wins by a 6-2 total margin and will now wait for tonight’s last quarterfinal to find out who they play next-if America advances Monterrey will play Morelia and America will play Tigres. If Cruz Azul wins Monterrey will play them and Morelia gets the champs.

Game Stats:
Goals-Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey, 13′, 3rd of playoffs), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey, 25′, 1st of playoffs), Aviles Hurtado 2 (Monterrey, 28′, 39′, 2nd of playoffs), Milton Caraglio (Atlas, 33′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Atlas 1
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 4, Atlas 3
Amarillas-Atlas 2 (Daniel Arreola, 59′, Jose Maduena, 65′), Monterrey 1 (Neri Cardozo, 67′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 45,253 (88.1% capacity)

Next up:
Monterrey-TBA vs. Morelia or Cruz Azul in Semifinals
Atlas-Clausura 2018 Tournament

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Apertura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 1 Results: Monterrey 2, Atlas 1

The last of the quarterfinals began tonight with the 1-8 matchup, Monterrey vs. Atlas. Monterrey was looking to carry over their momentum from their regular season title into the postseason, and they got off to a good start with a 2-1 road win. Rogelio Funes Mori scored both Monterrey goals in the opening 16 minutes, while Christian Tabo scored the lone Atlas goal in the 34th minute. With 2 away goals in hand and a 1-goal lead, Monterrey will have the double advantage at home this weekend, where they were unbeaten in the regular season. Atlas has their work cut out for them, needing to win by at least 2 goals in order to advance.

Game Stats:
Goals-Rogelio Funes Mori 2 (Monterrey, 4′, 16′, 2nd of playoffs), Christian Tabo (Atlas, 34′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 2, Atlas 1
Corner Kicks-Atlas 5, Monterrey 4
Amarillas-Atlas 4 (Milton Caraglio, 19′, Tabo, 22′, Ravel Morrison, 58′, Rafael Marquez, 85′), Monterrey 3 (Jesus Molina, 8′, Leonel Vangioni, 37′, Dorlan Pabon, 60′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 36,334 (65.9% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Monterrey

Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Atlas 1, Pachuca 1 (Updated)

The second game of the Friday night doubleheader had Atlas hosting Pachuca and looking to all but clinch a playoff berth. So close…and yet perhaps so painfully far away…Atlas had it all but in their hands but lost it late and could now miss the playoffs completely because of a 1-1 tie. Jose Maduena gave Atlas the lead with a header goal just before halftime, and it almost held up the rest of the way. But in the 89th minute, Robert Herrera scored to pull Pachuca even and perhaps end Atlas’ season. Atlas holds on to a playoff spot for now, but if both Necaxa and Cruz Azul win this weekend Atlas is the odd team out. The Tuzos will finish a disappointing first half 12th or 13th depending on how Santos does. They had a rare solid offense but their usually stout defense mysteriously vanished.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jose Maduena (Atlas, 45′, 1st of tournament), Robert Herrera (Pachuca, 89′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Atlas 7, Pachuca 2
Amarillas-Pachuca 2 (Jose Martines, 29′, Erick Sanchez, 85′), Atlas 1 (Javier Salas, 66′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 49,579 (89.9% capacity)

Next up:
Atlas-TBA pending Necaxa & Cruz Azul results
Pachuca-Clausura 2018 Tournament

UPDATE: Because of the tie, Morelia, Leon and Toluca have now clinched playoff berths. None of the three can finish worse than 8th now. Atlas will still make the playoffs with a Necaxa loss OR Cruz Azul win or tie. If both win or Cruz Azul wins and Necaxa wins or ties, Atlas is out.

Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results: Atlas 2, Guadalajara 1

In the Saturday finale, it was a local bragging rights battle as Atlas headed across Guadalajara to face the Chivas. Atlas continued their second half playoff push with a 2-1 win. Milton Caraglio scored both Atlas goals, the second and eventual game-winner coming on a PENAL! Rodolfo Pizarro broke up the shutout with a second half extra time goal, but it was not enough to pull the Chivas even-they had a 49th minute goal nullified by a fuera de lugar on the header. With the win, Atlas moves back into the top 8 but still needs help to get into the playoffs-for now their fate ultimately is in the hands of Toluca. They do have the important tiebreaker over Cruz Azul though. Atlas still needs for now to do their part in their finale, which will be against Pachuca. Although they were already eliminated from playoff contention because of Cruz Azul’s win last night, Guadalajara would’ve been out anyway with this loss. It looked bad for their finale chances anyway because they would’ve had to beat Leon.

Game Stats:
Goals-Milton Caraglio 2 (Atlas, 28′, 58′, Penalty Kick, 7th of tournament), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara, 90+2′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Atlas 2, Guadalajara 1
Corner Kicks-Atlas 1, Guadalajara 1
Amarillas-Atlas 4 (Christian Tabo, 52′, Daniel Arreola, 60′, Miguel Fraga, 71′, Caraglio, 82′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Atlas-Pachuca (11/17)
Guadalajara-at Leon (11/18)

Apertura 2017 Week 8 Results: Atlas 1, Tigres 1

It took 2 months but the postponed Week 8 game between Atlas & Tigres was finally played last night. In a result that helps settle the playoff picture a little more, Atlas’ late postseason push was slowed a little but not stalled by a 1-1 tie. Luis Rodriguez put the champs ahead first with a 23rd minute goal, but afterwards Tigres immediately conceded a PENAL! and Milton Caraglio converted to pull Atlas even. Atlas actually played most of the game shorthanded because Ravel Morrison got the short end of a foot-on-foot collision with a Tigres attacker in the 17th minute and the ref victimized him with a Rojas! HE GONE! I saw this happen live and personally thought it didn’t warrant an ejection. Amarillas would’ve been fine but Rojas were too extreme to me. The tie moves Atlas into a tie for the 8th & final playoff spot but if the season ended now they would get it over Cruz Azul because of goal differential. While the tie all but locks up 2nd place for Tigres, their hold may get a little shakier the last 2 weeks-if the Disciplinary Commission upholds it, Andre-Pierre Gignac reached 5 Amarillas in the tournament last night, meaning he is looking at a 1 game suspension either this weekend, next weekend, or maybe even the start of the playoffs.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Rodriguez (Tigres, 23′, 1st of tournament), Milton Caraglio, Atlas, 26′, 5th of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 2, Atlas 1
Corner Kicks-Tigres 6, Atlas 4
Amarillas-Tigres 4 (Jesus Duenas, 21′, Eduardo Vargas, 73′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 79′, Hugo Ayala, 84′)
Rojas-Atlas 1 (Ravel Morrison, 17′)

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 27,263 (49.4% capacity)

Next up:
Atlas-at Guadalajara (11/4)
Tigres-Necaxa (11/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 15 Results: Queretaro 2, Atlas 2

A full 6-game Saturday kicked off today with Queretaro hosting Atlas, trying to avoid last place while Atlas tried to slip back into the playoff picture. Neither happened as they played to a 2-2 tie. Ravel Morrison gave Atlas a quick lead with a 2nd-minute goal, but Camilo Da Silva tied it up with a 21st-minute free kick goal. Everaldo Stum then headed in a corner kick 5 minutes later to give the Gallos Blancos a 2-1 lead, which held until Ulises Cardona got Atlas to 2-2 with a 68th minute goal. atlas played the final 10-plus minutes shorthanded as following a slide tackle from behind trying to stop a breakaway, Jaine Barreiro drew a Rojas! HE GONE! As a result of the tie, Monterrey has clinched a playoff berth before their game began, the first team to make it to the Gran Fiesta.

Game Stats:
Goals-Ravel Morrison (Atlas, 2′, 1st of tournament), Camilo Da Silva (Queretaro, 21′, 8th of tournament), Everaldo Stum (Queretaro, 26′, 2nd of tournament), Ulises Cardona (Atlas, 68′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Queretaro 5, Atlas 2
Corner Kicks-atlas 3, Queretaro 2
Amarillas-Queretaro 2 (Jaime Gomez, 32′, Hiram Mier, 55′), Atlas 1 (Edgar Zaldivar, 19′)
Rojas-Atlas 1 (Jaine Barreiro, 82′)

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Queretaro-at Pachuca (11/4)
Atlas-at Guadalajara (11/4)