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    CONCACAF Weekend’s Best (November 27, 2017)

    Aviles Hurtado (left) scoried two goals in host Monterrey’s win over Atlas in a Liga MX Apertura quarterfinal, second-leg match on November 26, 2017. (Photo: Mexsport)

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.

    THREE OF FOUR LIGA MX APERTURA QUARTERFINALS END KNOTTED

    The field for the 2017 Liga MX Apertura semifinals is set, but not in the way you might think.  Three of the teams – No. 2 Tigres (2-2 v Leon), No. 3 Club America (0-0 v Cruz Azul) and No. 4 Morelia (3-3 v Toluca) – progressed by virtue of having a regular-season record superior to that of their opponent, following series that ended in draws. 

    Top-seeded Monterrey was the lone side to advance by virtue of prevailing outright over Atlas, 6-2 on aggregate.  On Sunday, the host Rayados posted a 4-0 win over Atlas, as Aviles Hurtado – the regular season’s joint-top scorer – netted two goals. 

    ARABE UNIDO, CHORRILLO FC ADVANCE TO PANAMANIAN FINAL

    Arabe Unido and Chorrillo FC overcame Plaza Amador and Tauro FC, respectively, to earn places in the the 2017 Panamanian Apertura final.  Read about it here

    HEREDIANO UNBEATEN STREAK SNAPPED AT 25 GAMES

    After going unbeaten in its last three matches of the 2017 Costa Rican Verano and all 22 games of the 2017 Invierno, Herediano finally lost, falling 1-0 at Perez Zeledon on Sunday in the first game of the Quadrangular.  Josue Mitchell (81’) scored the only goal in the late stages of the second half.  The setback was also the Florenses’ first in 18 away games. 

    ALIANZA COMPLETES REGULAR SEASON UNBEATEN

    Gustavo Guerreño (1’, 74’, 78’ pen) scored three goals and Alianza (14-8-0, 50) completed the 2017 Salvadoran Apertura unbeaten with a 5-0 win over visiting Aguila.  In addition accumulating 50 points in 22 matches, the Albos also struck for 50 goals, led by Guerreño, who netted 15 times as the league joint-top scorer with Sonsonate’s Armando Polo.  Alianza has conceded only one goal in its last 285 minutes of play. 

    NORTH EAST STARS WIN TT PRO LEAGUE TITLE

    With a 1-0 win over Police FC on Friday at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, the North East Stars (12-4-1, 40) clinched their first TT Pro League crown since 2004.  Keston George scored the only goal in the 75th minute.  Thanks to its title, the Stars have earned a berth in the 2018 Caribbean Club Championship. 

    CONCACAF STARS STANDOUT IN EUROPE

    Here are a few highlights from CONCACAF internationals performing in Europe:

    - Mexico international Hirving Lozano is now the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie on 10 goals after scoring in first-place PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 win over host Excelsior on Sunday.

    - Mexico international Andres Guardado struck in the 85th minute of Real Betis’ 2-2 draw on Saturday with visiting Girona in the Spanish La Liga.

    - Mexico international goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saved Siebe Schrivers 59th-minute penalty kick, helping Standard Liege to a 1-0 win over host Genk in the Belgian league on Sunday.

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