Monterrey-Apertura 2017 COPA MX Champions

It may not have been the title they wanted most, but Monterrey did win some hardware to round out the year-they are the Apertura 2017 COPA MX Champions after a 1-0 win at home over Pachuca. Aviles Hurtado scored the only goal in the 2nd half. Unlike the Liga MX playoffs, the COPA MX is a single winner-take-all game each round and not a 2-game aggregate. With the victory, Monterrey will play the Clausura 2018 winner in SUPERCOPA MX next summer unless they win the Liga MX tournament. The Rayados got to the final by beating Leones Negros in the Round of 16, Santos in the Quarterfinals, America in the Semifinals and Pachuca in the finals.

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Apertura 2017 Finals Game 2 Results: Tigres 2, Monterrey 1

The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is now in the books, and the winner…and now the 3-TIME CHAMPION, is Tigres after handing Monterrey their first and only loss at home this half 2-1. Monterrey took the early quick lead on Dorlan Pabon’s 2nd minute goal, but Eduardo Vargas & Francisco Meza scored unanswered goals in the 29th & 33rd minute, while sealing the win when Aviles Hurtado was denied on a PENAL! in the 82nd minute. Monterrey had 6+ minutes of extra time to tie it up but may have been done in near the end when Neri Cardozo drew a Rojas! HE GONE! That means he starts the second half on the sidelines. Amazingly, that was the only card issued in the game. As a result, Tigres wins by a 3-2 margin and claims their 3rd straight Apertura Championship and will go for the league 3-peat next summer. All is not lost for the Rayados though, they still can win some hardware as they will play Pachuca in a couple weeks for the COPA MX Apertura 2017 title, but the big one eludes them yet again.

Game Stats:
Goals-Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 2′, 1st of playoffs), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 29′, 1st of playoffs), Francisco Meza (Tigres, 33′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 2, Tigres 1
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 7, Tigres 3
Amarillas-Nil
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Neri Cardozo, 90+5′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 52,067 (101.4% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up: Clausura 2018 Tournament

Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Finals Game 1

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from the Apertura 2017 Gran Final Game 1. As noted in the results there were 2 ejections, one from each team: Monterrey’s Leonel Vangioni & Tigres’ Hugo Ayala each got 2 Amarillas and will sit out Game 2, ending their seasons. There were 12 total cards issued.

The list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
Monterrey
Amarillas-Jose Basanta, John Medina (repeat rule violations), Jesus Molina, Carlos Sanchez (dissent by word or action), Rogelio Funes Mori, Leonel Vangioni
Rojas-Leonel Vangioni (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Tigres
Amarillas-Hugo Ayala, Jesus Duenas, Luis Rodriguez (repeat rule violations), Nahuel Guzman (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Hugo Ayala (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

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

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′)
Rojas-Nil

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

Next up:
Monterrey-Tigres in Gran Final
Morelia-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′)
Rojas-Nil

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

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Monterrey

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