Apertura 2017 Finals Game 1 Results: Tigres 1, Monterrey 1

Game 1 of the Apertura 2017 Finals has just reached halftime, more to come later but at the halfway point Tigres & Monterrey are tied at 1-1. Monterrey’s goal came on a Nicolas Sanchez corner kick header in the 7th minute, while Tigres tied it up on a Enner Valencia PENAL! in the 25th minute after Rogelio Funes Mori drew one of the 2 Amarillas by Monterrey so far (Tigres also has 2).

UPDATE: And that’s how it ended. 1-1. Lots of Amarillas in the second half and more in the final 10 minutes-in the 87th minute Monterrey’s Leonel Vangioni picked up the first Rojas! HE GONE! Not to be outdone, 4 minutes later TIgres’ Hugo Ayala picked up his own Rojas! HE GONE! Both players’ finals and tournaments are over because of the automatic suspensions.
The result sets up a winner-take-all Game 2 Sunday in Monterrey. If it winds up a tie though, we will have 30 extra minutes of play to settle it (there are no tiebreakers in the final).

Game Stats:
Goals-Nicolas Sanchez (Monterrey, 7′, 1st of playoffs), Enner Valencia (Tigres, 25′, 3rd of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 1
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3, Monterrey 3
Amarillas-Monterrey 6 (Rogelio Funes Mori, 24′, Jose Basanta, 30′, Carlos Sanchez, 57′, Leonel Vangioni, 73′, John Medina, 80′, Jesus Molina, 90+2′), Tigres 4 (Luis Rodriguez, 35′, Nahuel Guzman, 41′, Jesus Duenas, 64′, Hugo Ayala, 84′)
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Vangioni, 87′), Tigres 1 (Ayala, 90+1′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,602 (99.3% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Monterrey


Disciplinary Commission Resolution Accounced

Earlier today the Disciplinary Commission announced the results of its investigation into events in the America-Cruz Azul Quarterfinals, in which Cruz Azul star Edgar Mendez reportedly was caught spitting on America player Alejandro Diaz. The Commission basically told Mendez “If you spits, you sits”. The Commission found Mendez violated Article 17, Paragraph D of the Regulations and thus after a career tournament the Cruz Azul star will be seeing Roja-A LOT of Roja-from his punishment: 6 Game Suspension & fined an undisclosed amount. So unless there are appeals, Mendez will be out until at least Week 7 of the Clausura 2018 Tournament.

Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 2

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from the second half of the Apertura 2017 Semifinals. There were 2 ejections, both from America-Guido Rodriguez for 2 Amarillas and Edson Alvarez for serious foul play. Both will sit out the first game of the second half of the year.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
Amarillas-Guido Rodriguez, Oribe Peralta, Paul Aguilar, Darwin Quintero, Agustin Marchesin (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Guido Rodriguez (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension, Edson Alvarez (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension

Amarillas-Rodrigo Millar, Angel Sepulveda


Amarillas-Jesus Duenas, Jorge Torres

Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 2 Results: Monterrey 4, Morelia 0

In the last game of the semifinals, Monterrey looked to clinch the other finals berth at home against Morelia. It looked like the Rayados might have some trouble given Aviles Hurtado didn’t start because of the possible injury in Game 1…they didn’t need him as they waltzed into the Gran Final with a 4-0 win. Rogelio Funes Mori picked up the slack with a hat trick in less than an hour of play time (it only took 52 minutes, he was taken out in the 59th with the game well in hand), doubling his postseason goal total so far, and Carlos Sanchez added a PENAL! in the 20th minute. Morelia conceded way too late by pulling Raul Ruidiaz in the 55th minute but it would not have mattered anyway. Thanks to this and a 5-0 total win, Monterrey advances to a cross-city final against Tigres, the last obstacle between the champs and a potential three-peat. Game times & dates will be announced Monday (12/4) but if the original schedule holds, the games will be Thursday (12/7) & next Sunday (12/10).

Game Stats:
Goals-Rogelio Funes Mori 3 (Monterrey, 9′, 28′, 52′, 6th of playoffs), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey, 20′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Morelia 3
Amarillas-Morelia 2 (Rodrigo Millar, 37′, Angel Sepulveda, 65′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 50,544 (98.4% capacity)

Next up:
Monterrey-Tigres in Gran Final
Morelia-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Ascenso MX Apertura 2017 Finals Results: Alebrijes Earn Promotion Chance

The Ascenso MX Apertura 2017 Gran Final is in the books, and the champion is Alebrijes! The second game of the finals tonight was won by FC Juarez 2-1 in extra time. The game was 0-0 through regular time but the officials gave FC Juarez every chance to score with 6+ minutes of stoppage time, because if they didn’t Alebrijes would win by virtue of a 1-0 Game 1 win. FC Juarez got the tying goal 4 minutes into stoppage time, so that ended it at 1-1, meaning extra time! The first 15 minutes were scoreless, then both sides scored in the second 15 minutes, so while FC Juarez won the game 2-1, that made it 2-2 so we go to PENALES! In the shootout, Alebrijes prevailed 4-2 for a final total score of 6-4. Alebrijes made all 4 of their shots while FC Juarez missed their first, and then their 4th and final shot, giving Alebrijes the championship and a spot in the Ascenso MX Grand Championship, where they will play for a chance to be promoted to Liga MX next year.

Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 2 Results: Tigres 3, America 0

The first ticket to the Gran Final was punched tonight, and for Tigres the three-peat is within reach. The champs easily cruised into their 3rd straight Apertura Finals with a 3-0 win over America. The first half was scoreless but Tigres took over and America fell apart after halftime-Enner Valencia scored his first of 2 goals in the 55th minute, then after play resumed Guido Rodriguez picked up his second of 2 Amarillas in the game, meaning a Rojas! HE GONE! With America now down a man, it got even worse-5 minutes later Edson Alvarez got over-aggressive & tangled up with Valencia while fighting for the ball, and Alvarez got caught kicking Valencia in the ding-ding! Which means Rojas! HE GONE! America was now TWO down! Valencia scored his 2nd a few minutes later, then Andre-Pierre Gignac scored is first of the playoffs on a PENAL! With the 4-0 total aggregate win, Tigres will now wait to find out if they will play cross-town rivals Monterrey or more distant Morelia in the finals.

Game Stats:
Goals-Enner Valencia 2 (Tigres, 55′, 71′, 2nd of playoffs), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 75′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 6, America 4
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3, America 2
Amarillas-America 5 (Guido Rodriguez, 34′, Paul Aguilar, 39′, Oribe Peralta, 61′, Agustin Marchesin, 66′, Darwin Quintero, 69′), Tigres 2 (Jesus Duenas, 33′, Jorge Torres, 45′)
Rojas-America 2 (Rodriguez, 59′, Edson Alvarez, 65′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,580 (99.2% capacity)

Next up:
Tigres-TBA vs. Monterrey or Morelia in Finals
America-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 1 Results: Monterrey 1, Morelia 0

The second semifinal began tonight with Morelia hosting Monterrey. In a close game largely defined by defense Monterrey moved to 90 minutes away from the Gran Final with a 1-0 win. Aviles Hurtado scored the only goal on a PENAL! in the 38th minute, but was forced out midway through the second half due to an apparent upper leg/thigh injury (non-contact). Monterrey goalie Hugo Gonzalez made several big saves and overcame an injury concern of is own late in the game to secure the victory. This means Monterrey goes home this weekend with the big advantage as well as their still-perfect home mark on the season.

Game Stats:
Goals-Aviles Hurtado (Monterrey, 38′, 2nd of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Morelia 3, Monterrey 1
Corner Kicks-Morelia 4, Monterrey 2
Amarillas-Monterrey 3 (Hugo Gonzalez, 42′, Carlos Sanchez, 76′, John Medina, 82′), Morelia 1 (Jorge Zarate, 79′)

Venue: Estadio Morelos, Morelia, Michoacan
Attendance: 30,494 (87.3% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Monterrey