Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Cruz Azul 0, Toluca 0

Cruz Azul hosted Toluca yesterday in a battle of teams looking to keep their early season momentum going, and while the hosts massively outplayed their visitors, they came away with nothing to show for it as both sides grinded out a 0-0 tie. This despite Cruz Azul managing 8 shots on goal, but not being able to get anything past the Toluca defense. Despite the scoreless tie, both sides remain unbeaten through the first 4 weeks-Cruz Azul has 3 ties against 1 win, while Toluca has 2 & 2.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azul 8
Corner Kicks-Toluca 1
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 4 (Rafael Baca, 39′, Edgar Mendez, 51′, Enzo Roco Roco, 90+2′, Julio Dominguez, 90+3′). Toluca 3 (Efrain Velarde, 26′, Rodrigo Lopez, 36′, Ivan Zamora, 89′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 22,767 (68.9% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-Atlas (8/19)
Toluca-Necaxa (8/20)

Apertura 2017 Week 3 Results: Toluca 3, Atlas 2

In another matchup of early unbeaten teams, Toluca extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to 3 while handing Atlas their first loss with a comeback 3-2 win. Juan Vigon put Atlas on the board first with a 22nd-minute header, then they caught a break when Rubens Sambueza missed a PENAL! in the 39th minute that kept Toluca off the board. The hosts would still pull even on a Gabriel Hauche goal right before halftime. In the 65th minute, Gustavo Alustiza’s 3rd goal of the year put Atlas up 2-1, but Enrique Triverio & Mateus Goncalves scored unasnwered 82nd & 85th minute goals to rally Toluca for the victory. Atlas may have cost itself a chance at a tie late by getting 3 quick Amarillas in the final moments of the game & extra time.

Game Stats:
Goals-Juan Vigon (Atlas, 22′, 1st of tournament), Gabriel Hauche (Toluca, 45′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Alustiza (Atlas, 65′, 3rd of tournament), Enrique Triverio (Toluca, 82′, 1st of tournament), Mateus Goncalves (Toluca, 85′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Toluca 8, Atlas 2
Amarillas-Atlas 5 (Jaine Barreiro, 5′, Alustiza, 31′, Clifford Aboagye, 90′. Cristian Gonzalez, 90+2′, Rafael Marquex, 90+3′), Toluca 2 (Santiago Garcia, 30′, Goncalves, 86′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 21,527 (69.4% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-at Cruz Azul (8/12)
Atlas-America (8/11)

Apertura 2017 Week 2 Results: Toluca 3, Leon 1

Today’s morning matchup featured two teams looking to rebound from a poor opening weekend, and a home game seemed to be what Toluca needed to get going as they played their best game in some time in a 3-1 home win over Leon. All 3 of Toluca’s goals came within an 8-minute span before & after halftime-Fernando Uribe scored back-to-back goals in the 39th & 43rd minute, then Rubens Sambueza added a 47th-minute goal. Leon managed to avoid the shutout thanks to a Mauro Boselli PENAL! in the 79th minute on a questionable call. But it’s still the second straight tournament that Leon has stumbled out of the gate, and last time it caused them to miss the playoffs.

Game Stats:
Goals-Fernando Uribe 2 (Toluca, 39′, 43′, 2nd of tournament), Rubens Sambueza (Toluca, 47′, 1st of tournament), Mauro Boselli (Leon, 79′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Leon 1
Corner Kicks-Leon 2, Toluca 1
Amarillas-Leon 2 (Alexander Mejia, 52′, Jorge Pereyra, 59′), Toluca 1 (Santiago Garcia, 77′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 17,027 (54.9% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-Atlas (8/6)
Leon-Cruz Azul (8/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Guadalajara 0, Toluca 0

Looking to build off their first league title in over a decade, Guadalajara began the new campaign at home going for their second straight tournament championship, but the Chivas couldn’t capitalize on late opportunities and had to settle for a 0-0 tie against visiting Toluca. The big breaks came in the second half when Toluca played very undisciplined-first, in the 66th minute Rolando Cristante put Toluca down a man with a Rojas! HE GONE! Then 5 minutes later, Osvaldo Gonzalez followed with another Rojas! HE GONE! That gave the Chivas an 11-9 man advantage for what would be 25 minutes! But they were unable to score. Toluca, coming off a second half full of missed opporunities, has already shot themselves in the foot with both tossed players being out for at least next week. You could say referee Isaac Rojas lived up to his name in this game.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 3, Toluca 2
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 5, Toluca 3
Amarillas-Guadalajara 3 (Michelle Benitez, 42′, Juan Basulto, 52′, Jesus Sanchez, 90+6′), Toluca 2 (Santiago Garcia, 28′, Enrique Triverio, 90+6′)
Rojas-Toluca 2 (Rolando Cristante, 66′, Osvaldo Gonzalez, 71′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 34,272 (75.5% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-at Monterrey (7/29)
Toluca-Leon (7/30)

Clausura 2017 Semifinals Game 2 Results: Guadalajara 1, Toluca 1

The first half of the Clausura 2017 Gran Final is set, although both Guadalajara & Toluca didn’t seem to want to finish it the easy way. Like the first game, this one ended in a 1-1 tie, but when all the tiebreakers are factored in, it came down to regular season results and that means the Chivas have reached their first Gran Final since 2006. Guadalajara scored first on a Nestor Calderon free kick goal in the 29th minute, but Toluca tied it up on a Fernando Uribe goal in the 47th minute. Neither team was able to seal the deal and 4 minutes of extra time didn’t do it either, so the tiebreakers gave the victory to Guadalajara and they will now wait for Tijuana or Tigres in the final.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nestor Calderon (Guadalajara, 29′, 1st of playoffs), Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 47′, 2nd of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 1
Corner kicks-Guadalajara 2, Toluca 1
Amarillas-Toluca 4 (Rodrigo Salinas, 45′, Uribe, 55′, Jesus Mendez, 71′, Antonio Naelson, 86′), Guadalajara 2 (Jesus Sanchez, 41′, Rodolfo Pizarro, 87′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 40,182 (88.5% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-TBA vs. Tijuana or Tigres in Gran Final
Toluca-Apertura 2017 Tournament

Clausura 2017 Semifinals Game 1 Results: Toluca 1, Guadalajara 1

The semifinals began tonight with the first of the 2 matchups, Toluca hosting Guadalajara. In the end, an intense, hard-fought affair wound up as a 1-1 tie. Toluca very nearly took the lead in the opening minutes but a very late fuera de lugar nullified a goal. Both goals came in the closing minutes-Rodolfo Pizarro took advantage of a lucky deflected shot to score for the Chivas in the 82nd minute, but when play resumed Fernando Uribe got just enough of his head on a free kick to direct it in to get Toluca on the board, and that’s how it ended. This weekend will be a likely winner-take-all Game 2 although Guadalajara now has an away goal in hand, and if all tiebreakers remain the same they have the higher-seed edge.

Game Stats:
Goals-Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara, 82′, 1st of playoffs), Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 84′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 7, Guadalajara 4
Corner kicks-Guadalajara 5, Toluca 4
Amarillas-Toluca 2 (Rodrigo Salinas, 73′, Alfredo Talavera, 75′), Guadalajara 1 (Jesus Sanchez, 71′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 25,671 (101.6% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Guadalajara

Clausura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 2 Results: Santos 3, Toluca 1

One of Toluca’s biggest problems the second half was its inability to take advantage of big opportunities when presented with such-and it nearly cost them dearly tonight in a 3-1 Santos win in Game 2 of their quarterfinal matchup. The possible collapse started when Toluca’s Enrique Triverio scored a 20th minute OWN GOAL! But he was bailed out in the 41st minute by an Antonio Rios goal to get Toluca to 1-1. Santos answered right away though with a Ulises Rivas score right before halftime. In the second half Santos got a Julio Furch goal in the 59th minute, and that’s how the game ended. Despite the 3-1 win it wasn’t enough for Santos to overcome their 4-1 loss in game 1, and by virtue of a 5-4 total score Toluca hangs on to advance to the semifinals. Now they wait for tomorrow to find out who they play next, namely the early game of Atlas-Guadalajara. Toluca should be rooting hard for Atlas because if the Chivas rally to win the matchup and advance, Toluca has a chance of having to face Tigres. But if Atlas wins, Toluca avoids Tigres and gets either Atlas or Morelia.

Game Stats:
Goals-Enrique Triverio (Toluca, 20′, OWN GOAL), Antonio Rios (Toluca, 41′, 1st of playoffs), Ulises Rivas (Santos, 44′, 1st of playoffs), Julio Furch (Santos, 59′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Santos 1
Corner kicks-Santos 6, Toluca 1
Amarillas-Santos 2 (Nestor Araujo, 54′, Carlos Izquierdoz, 85′), Toluca 2 (Pablo Barrientos, 53′, Jesus Mendez, 83′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 25,544 (101.1% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up:
Toluca-TBA in Semifinals
Santos-Apertura 2017 Tournament