Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Cruz Azul 1, Veracruz 0

In the first game of the final Saturday of the regular season, Cruz Azul looked to save it’s season and clinch a playoff berth at home against Veracruz. It wasn’t easy, but the hosts succeeded on both fronts thanks to a 1-0 win. Felipe Mora sored the season-saving goal in the 83rd minute, important because Francisco Silva just missed on a PENAL! in the 19th minute-he shot in the opposite direction of the goalie but was just too wide left and hit the post! Because of the win, Cruz Azul clinches a playoff berth and now waits to see where they wind up, best-case is probably going to be 5th and wait to see who they play, worst-case is 7th or 8th and traversing the potential playoff path of death through Monterrey and/or Tigres. Veracruz will finish the season 17th, start next tournament last again in the demotion race and also shorthanded as near the end defenseman Lucas Rodriguez picked up 2 Amarillas in about a minute, meaning he also picked up a Rojas! HE GONE! He will start the second half a week late. Veracruz picked up FOUR Amarillas in the last 5 minutes, continuing a recent trend of really racking them up. And if Veracruz can’t have a Monterrey-like tournament in the second half, they are all but headed down to Ascenso MX in about 6 months.

Game Stats:
Goals-Felipe Mora (Cruz Azul, 83′, 8th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azul 4, Veracruz 2
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 7, Veracruz 3
Amarillas-Veracruz 5 (Leonardo Velazquez, 9′, Sergio Garcia, 20′, Lucas Rodriguez, 85′, Guido Milan, 88′, Jesus Paganoni, 89′), Cruz Azul 1 (Gabriel Penalba, 88′)
Rojas-Veracruz 1 (Rodriguez, 86′)

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 26,149 (79.2% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-TBA in Gran Fiesta Quarterfinals
Veracruz-Clausura 2018 Tournament

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Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results: Cruz Azul 2, Morelia 1

The penultimate week of the Apertura 2017 regular season began tonight with Morelia hosting Cruz Azul in an important game for both teams’ playoff hopes. In an effort that could very well save their season from disaster, Cruz Azul came away with a huge 2-1 road victory. Felipe Mora scored both Cruz Azul goals in the 3rd & 27th minutes, while Morelia’s only goal came on a Diego Valdes free kick in the 56th minute. But Valdes also hurt Morelia now & later because as soon as the game ended, he said something to the referee and earned a Rojas! HE GONE! So now his regular season is over because he’ll miss next week, and this loss means there is still a chance Morelia misses the playoffs if everything goes perfectly wrong for them. As for Cruz Azul, this win combined with the Atlas tie earlier this week gets them back into the top 8 for now, bumping Toluca onto the bubble as Cruz Azul currently holds 7th. Morelia has the tougher matchup in their finale as they host Necaxa in a potential playoff spot-decider, while Cruz Azul gets an easier possible in as they host Veracruz.

Game Stats:
Goals-Felipe Mora 2 (Cruz Azul, 3′, 27′, 7th of tournament), DIego Valdes (Morelia, 56′, 5th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azul 4
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 6, Morelia 4
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 4 (Julian Velazquez, 55′, Gabriel Penalba, 58′, Gerardo Flores, 78′, Edgar Mendez, 90+1′), Morelia 4 (Valdes, 38′, Gabriel Achiller, 70′, Jefferson Cuero, 79′, Rodrigo Millar, 90+3′)
Rojas-Morelia 1 (Valdes, End of game)

Venue: Estadio Morelos, Morelia, Michoacan
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Morelia-at Necaxa (11/18)
Cruz Azul-Veracruz (11/18)

Apertura 2017 Week 15 Results: Tigres 2, Cruz Azul 1

The suddenly-slumping Cruz Azul hosted Tigres yesterday looking to stop a 1-3 skid following their year-opening 10-game unbeaten streak that has jeopardized their playoff chances. The champs didn’t oblige as the visitors edged out a 2-1 win that guaranteed Tigres a chance for the Apertura & league three-peat. Cruz Azul started well thanks to Francisco Silva’s 4th-minute goal, as well as Tigres drawing 3 Amarillas in the first 20+ minutes, but then right before halftime Angel Mena set Cruz Azul’s fate in motion with 2 Amarillas, the latter right before halftime drawing both a PENAL! for Tigres and a Rojas! HE GONE! Anselmo Junior converted the PENAL! to make it 1-1 at halftime, With Cruz Azul a man down, Tigres added an Eduardo Vargas goal in the 52nd minute and kept the hosts off the board the rest of the way to secure the victory. As a result, Tigres has clinched a playoff berth as the only team that can still catch them in the standings outside the top 8 is Atlas, Cruz Azul is now out of reach.

Game Stats:
Goals-Francisco Silva (Cruz Azul, 4′, 1st of tournament), Anselmo Junior (Tigres, 45+3′, 3rd of tournament, Penalty Kick), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 52′, 5th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azui 1
Corner Kicks-Tigres 6, Cruz Azul 4
Amarillas-Tigres 3 (Andre-Pierre Gignac, 10′, Jesus Duenas, 19′, Vargas, 19′), Cruz Azul 2 (Angel Mena, 21′, Enzo Roco Roco, 41′)
Rojas-Cruz Azul 1 (Mena, 45′)

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 17,254 (52.2% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-at Morelia (11/3)
Tigres-Necaxa (11/4)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Lobos 3, Cruz Azul 0

The Saturday slate kicked off with Lobos hosting Cruz Azul. Looking to snap out of a skid that has seen them earn only 7 points in their last 10 games after 7 points in their first 3, the old Lobos showed up again and carried them to a 3-0 shutout win. Julian Quinones snapped out of a nearly 2-month funk with 2 goals, bookending a Jonathan Fabbro goal. The second Quinones goal came on a PENAL! The win keeps Lobos’ faint playoff hopes alive, helped in part by Cruz Azul getting Tigres next.

Game Stats:
Goals-Julian Quinones 2 (Lobos, 11′, 72′, Penalty Kick, 8th of tournament), Jonathan Fabbro (Lobos, 38”, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Lobos 2, Cruz Azul 1
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 3, Lobos 2
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 4 (Martin Rodriguez, 32′, Jose Corona, 71′, Edgar Mendez, 78′, Christian Gimenez, 85′), Lobos 3 (Francisco Rodriguez, 13′, Luis Piers, 18′, Pedro Aquino, 68′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Universitario BUAP, Puebla
Attendance: 14,230 (73.7% capacity)

Next up:
Lobos-at Necaxa (10/28)
Cruz Azul-Tigres (10/28)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Cruz Azul 2, Queretaro 1

Looking to get back in track after a recent skid and a tough loss to America last weekend, Cruz Azul headed to Queretaro looking to also shore up their playoff positioning. The end result was a very exciting game that saw Cruz Azul pull out a 2-1 win. The visitors got in an early hole, needing only a couple minutes to allow the Gallos Blancos a PENAL! Camilo Da Silva converted for a quick 1-0 Queretaro lead, but almost right after that Queretaro gave it back as a PENAL! But Christian Gimenez was unable to score for Cruz Azul, but it didn’t matter because just 6 minutes later…PENAL! PENAL! PENAL! Cruz Azul got a second chance, and Martin Cauteruccio converted this time to make it 1-1. It looked like the game was headed to a tie but in the 85th minute Queretaro gave Cruz Azul yet another PENAL! Again Cauteruccio took the shot and again he converted to help the visitors win the battle of the PENAL!  I don’t know how often, if ever, all the goals in a game that wasn’t 1-0 were scored by penalty kick.

Game Stats:
Goals-Camilo Da Silva (Queretaro, 3′, 6th of tournament, Penalty Kick), Martin Cauteruccio 2 (Cruz Azul, 12′, 85′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kicks)
Shots on Goal-Queretaro 3, Cruz Azul 1
Corner Kicks-Queretaro 2
Amarillas-Queretaro 4 (Jaime Gomez, 29′, Edgar Lugo, 30′, Everaldo Stum, 80′, Tiago Volpi, 84′), Cruz Azul 3 (Rafael Baca, 21′, Julian Velazquez, 47′, Gabriel Penalba, 68′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro
Attendance: 21,952 (66.1% capacity)

Next up:
Queretaro-Santos (10/21)
Cruz Azul-at Lobos (10/21)

Apertura 2017 Week 13 Results: America 3, Cruz Azul 1

In this half’s installment of the always-anticipated Mexico City Classic, Cruz Azul hosted rival America in a bigger-than-usual game with both teams fighting for potential playoff position. This one was almost all America, as the visitors handed Cruz Azul only their 2nd loss of the year by a 3-1 tally. Darwin Quintero opened the scoring for America in the 18th minute, using fancy footwork to catch the Cruz Azul defenders slacking thinking a foul was called when it wasn’t, allowing Quintero to easily score. Oribe Peralta made it 2-0 with a goal 5 minutes later. Cruz Azul got on the board thanks to an Edgar Mendez PENAL! in the 77th minute, but Adrian Aldrete hurt the hosts too much by picking up Amarillas in the 83rd & 87th minute, the second one earning him a Rojas! HE GONE! With Cruz Azul down a man, Mateus Uribe squashed any rally hopes by adding an insurance goal for America in extra time. The win puts America back in front of Toluca for 2nd place (Toluca won last night) while, despite the loss, Cruz Azul will remain in the top 8 after this weekend. Both teams have favorable matchups in a couple days as Week 10 gets made up-Cruz Azul goes to Queretaro while America hosts the Chivas.

Game Stats:
Goals-Darwin Quintero (America, 18′, 2nd of tournament), Oribe Peralta (America, 23′, 5th of tournament), Edgar Mendez (Cruz Azul, 77′, 5th of tournament, Penalty Kick), Mateus Uribe (America, 90+2′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 3, Cruz Azul 1
Corner Kicks-America 2, Cruz Azul 2
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 4 (Mendez, 30′, Omar Mendoza, 31′, Adrian Aldrete 2 (83′, 87′), America 1 (Pablo Aguilar, 50′)
Rojas-Cruz Azul 1 (Aldrete, 87′)

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 27,649 (83.7% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-at Queretaro (10/17)
America-Guadalajara (10/18)

Apertura 2017 Week 12 Results: Cruz Azul 4, Pumas 1

In an unusual neutral-site game due to the earthquakes in Mexico City, Pumas “hosted” Cruz Azul Sunday in a game moved to Queretaro, and Cruz Azul wasted no time bouncing back from their first loss of the year last week with a resounding 4-1 victory. Pumas took an early lead on a Luis Quintana goal in the 20th minute, although it was tied 1-1 at the half thanks to Martin Rodriguez’s 29th-minute goal for Cruz Azul. The “visitors” blew it open in the second half-Rodriguez scored almost right after it started for his second of the game, then Felipe Mora added a pair in the 62nd & 73rd minutes. The win keeps Cruz Azul in the playoff picture while Pumas falls into last place and now is the first team eliminated from contention for the regular season title.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Quintana (Pumas, 20′, 1st of tournament), Martin Rodriguez 2 (Cruz Azul, 29′, 46′, 2nd of tournament), Felipe Mora 2 (Cruz Azul, 62′, 73′, 5th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 1, Cruz Azul 1
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 4, Pumas 3
Amarillas-Pumas 1 (Marcelo Diaz, 84′), Cruz Azul 1 (Rafael Baca, 86′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro (moved from Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City)
Attendance: 22,379 (67.4% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-at Necaxa (10/14)
Cruz Azul-America (10/14)