Clausura 2017 Playoffs: Results & Schedule

With the playoffs now underway, here is the full schedule and results to this point, this post will be updated frequently:

#1 Tijuana vs. #8 Morelia
Game 1-at Morelia 1, Tijuana 0
Game 2-at Tijuana 2, Morelia 0
Tijuana wins series 2-1

#2 Monterrey vs. #7 Tigres
Game 1-at Tigres 4, Monterrey 1
Game 2-Tigres 2, at Monterrey 0
Tigres wins series 6-1

#3 Guadalajara vs. #6 Atlas
Game 1-at Atlas 1, Guadalajara 0
Game 2-at Guadalajara 1, Atlas 0
Series tied 1-1. Guadalajara wins by better regular season points

#4 Toluca vs. #5 Santos
Game 1-Toluca 4, at Santos 1
Game 2-Santos 3, at Toluca 1
Toluca wins series 5-4

Semifinals:
#3 Guadalajara vs. #4 Toluca
Game 1-Guadalajara 1, at Toluca 1
Game 2-Toluca 1, at Guadalajara 1
Series tied 2-2. Guadalajara wins by better regular season points

#1 Tijuana vs. #7 Tigres
Game 1- at Tigres 2, Tijuana 0
Game 2-Tigres 2, at Tijuana 0
Tigres wins series 4-0

Finals: #3 Guadalajara vs. #7 Tigres
Game 1-Guadalajara 2, at Tigres 2
Game 2-at Guadalajara 2, Tigres 1
Guadalajara wins series 4-3

CHAMPION: Guadalajara

Campeon de Campeones: Tigres vs. Guadalajara, July 16, StubHub Center, Carson, CA

SUPERCOPA MX-Queretaro vs. America, July 16
Note: Because Guadalajara won Clausura 2017 Championship, Queretaro will face America instead (America gets spot because of most points in COPA MX stage play)

Note: All game times listed online for games are Central time in the US as all teams are in that time zone in Mexico except Tijuana (Pacific time).

Apertura 2016 Semifinals: Tigres 2, Leon 1

The first ticket to the Gran Final was punched tonight in Monterrey, and the game between Tigres & Leon was again a tale of two halves in what turned out to be a 2-1 Tigres win. Leon scored first to pull all even on Luis Montes’ 15th minute goal, but then…who else? Andre-Pierre Gignac did it again, scoring his 5th playoff goal at the end of the first half to pretty much end it and put Tigres ahead for good. Second-half substitute Lucas Zelarayan added an insurance goal in the 77th minute for the final tally and a 3-1 aggregate win that sends Tigres to the Apertura Gran Final for the second straight year, where they will play either America or Necaxa. A potential Leon 2nd-half goal, which would have given them the lead at the time, was waved off due to the potential assisting player on the goal being just out of bounds on the pass before the score. Also of note, Leon substitute Andres Andrade somehow got himself one of the second-half Amarillas from the sidelines, apparently he had some choice words for the officials or something. The play-by-play feed on Liga MX’s website says he got ejected at the start of the second half but I can’t confirm that, I didn’t see it on the US TV feed. We’ll see what happens next week.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Montes (Leon, 15′, 2nd of playoffs), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 45+1′, 5th of playoffs), Lucas Zelarayan (77′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner kicks-Leon 10, Tigres 3
Amarillas-Leon 5 (Leonel Lopez, 31′, Maximilliano Moralez, 40′, Andres Andrade, 70′-sideline warning, Mauro Boselli, 83′, Guillermo Burdisso, 84′), Tigres 3 (Jesus Duenas, 35′, Guido Pizarro, 56′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 88′)
Rojas-Leon 1 (Andres Andrade, before start of second half)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, Monterrey
Attendance: 41,523 (102.2% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up:
Tigres-TBA vs. America or Necaxa on the Gran Final
Leon-Clausura 2017 Tournament

Apertura 2016 Semifinals: America 1, Necaxa 1

The second semifinals matchup got underway tonight, and it was a tale of two halves between America & Necaxa. After a first half that was relatively quiet action-wise, both sides cranked up the intensity in a very physical and faster-paced second half which ended in a 1-1 tie. The goals came just 5 minutes apart in the second half-Luis Gallegos put Necaxa ahead in the 62nd minute but William Da Silva’s close-range floater over the Necaxa goalkeeper in the 67th minute tied it up, then it really got heated afterwards. In the 70th minute, America’s Miguel Samudio drew one of a combined 8 Amarillas between the teams for a hard slide tackle in the corner, with the tackled Necaxa player falling down on top of Samudio-his shoving off the player led to tempers flaring between both sides and it didn’t let up the rest of the way. With the equalizing away goal, America will take the advantage into the second leg despite the tie, but it will still be winner-take-all if it ends outright.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Gallegos (Necaxa, 62′, 1st of playoffs), William Da Silva (America, 67′, 2nd of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 2, America 1
Corner kicks-America 6, Necaxa 4
Amarillas-America 4 (Edson Alvarez, 36′, Osvaldo Martinez, 64′, Miguel Samudio, 69′, Ventura Alvarado, 74′), Necaxa 4 (Brayan Beckeles, 14′, Edson Puch, 28′, Jesus Isijara, 70′, Manuel Iturra, 90+3′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue-Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
Attendance-22,746 (95.3% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at America

Apertura 2016 Semifinals: Tigres 1, Leon 0

On a day where soccer continued to come to grips with the deadly plane crash in Colombia that killed members of a Brazil soccer team, the Liguilla semifinals commenced in Leon, beginning with a tribute to the crash victims at midfield with both teams’ starters and the officials gathered in a semicircle around a child releasing a while balloon into the air in memory of the victims, with many fans in the stadium waving white towels during the proceedings. Players also wore black ribbons on their uniforms. A similar tribute was held before the first game of the Ascenso MX Finals tonight. As for the game itself, Andre-Pierre Gignac continued his postseason resurgence for Tigres, as his 55th minute goal, his 4th in the last 2 playoff games, was the only tally in a 1-0 Tigres road victory at Leon. The second game is this weekend, with an away goal now in hand Tigres only needs to win or play to a 0-0 tie to advance to their second straight Apertura Gran Final, while Leon will need to win by at least 2 goals to advance to the finals, although a 1-0 win would force extra time.

Game Stats:
Goals-Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 55′, 4th of playoffs)
Shota on Goal-Tigres 3
Corner kicks-Leon 7, Tigres 7
Amarillas-Tigres 2 (Jurgen Damm, 36′, Guido Pizarro, 45′), Leon 2 (Leonel Lopez, 23′, Luis Montes, 60′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Guanajuato
Attendance: 26.553 (84.8% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Tigres

Apertura 2016 Playoffs: Semifinals Schedule Announced

The league today announced the full schedule for the Apertura 2016 Gran Fiesta semifinals, which is as follows:
Wednesday-Tigres at Leon, 6:36 PM PT
Thursday-America at Necaxa, 7 PM PT
Saturday-Leon at Tigres, 5 PM PT
Sunday-Necaxa at America, 6 PM PT
With the exception of perhaps Wednesday’s game, all the games should air on Univision Deportes in the US. Wednesday may not air in all areas as it will be on Fox Sports in Mexico so unless you get Fox Deportes or maybe Fox Sports 2 you may not be able to watch. The other games, most likely the weekend ones, may also be simulcast on Univision. Check your local listings for channel numbers in your area.

Apertura 2016 Playoffs: Necaxa 0, Pachuca 0

The final game of the quarterfinals turned out to be, to an extent, the most anti-climactic one as Necaxa & Pachuca broke with ranks of the other teams and played to, of all things, the “classic” nil-nil tie. Pachuca was gifted one last chance to force extra time in the 87th minute when there was a tangling-up of Necaxa & Pachuca players at midfield in front of the referee…Rojas! A very questionable ejection of Claudio Riano put Necaxa a man down for what would be the final 7 minutes but they managed to hold on and keep Pachuca off the board. With no score in this game, the 2-1 Necaxa win in the first game means Pachuca’s title defense (they won the Clausura 2016 Tournament but lost to Tigres in the Campeon de Campeones) is over and they will have to wait for the next tournament to try again. As the 3rd-ranked team of the 4 that advance, Necaxa now moves on to face America in the semifinals while Tigres, as the top remaining team, will face Leon.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Pachuca 4, Necaxa 2
Corner kicks-Pachuca 8, Necaxa 6
Amarillas-Necaxa 5 (Fernando Meza, 8′, Jairo Gonzalez, 37′, Brayan Beckeles, 74′, Michel Garcia, 85′, Severo Meza, 90+2′), Pachuca 2 (Omar Gonzalez, 32′, John Medina, 65′)
Rojas-Necaxa 1 (Claudio Riano, 87′)

Venue-Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 25,385 (97.9% capacity)

Next up:
Necaxa-Semifinals Wednesday or Thursday vs. America
Pachuca-Clausura 2017 Tournament

Apertura 2016 Playoffs: America 1, Guadalajara 0

In the second leg of the Clasico playoff matchup between America & Guadalajara, history repeated itself for the second straight tournament-good for America, bad for Guadalajara as the host Chivas are done after a 1-0 America win. It was very intense and physical on both sides with 20 fouls called between the two teams and America managing to stave off 10 Guadalajara corner kicks and keep them off the board. The only goal was Oribe Peralta’s perfect header off a corner kick in the 54th minute. It gave America the 2-1 Aggregate victory and means they eliminate Guadalajara from the playoffs for the second straight tournament (they also did the deed in the Clausura 2016 playoffs). Now America will wait for tonight’s result to see who they play in the semifinals-if Pachuca advances, America will face Tigres. If Necaxa advances, America faces them instead.

Game Stats:
Goals-Oribe Peralta (America, 54′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 2
Corner kicks-Guadalajara 10, America 3
Amarillas-Guadalajara 3 (Orbelin Pineda, 17′, Jair Pereira, 77; Isaac Brizuela, 80′), America 1 (Oribe Peralta, 35′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue-Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 41,566 (89.9% capacity)

Next up:
America-Semifinals Wednesday or Thursday vs. Tigres or Necaxa
Guadalajara-Clausura 2017 Tournament