• Thursday May 18, 2017

    Guadalajara, Toluca to meet in Liga MX Clausura semifinals

    Action from the Liga MX Clausura match between host Guadalajara and Toluca on March 4, 2017, in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo: Gema Lugo/Straffon Images)

    TOLUCA, Mexico – Two of Mexico’s most decorated clubs will clash in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura semifinals starting on Thursday, as host and 10-time champion Toluca welcomes 11-time champion Guadalajara to the Estadio Nemesio Diez.

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the series.

    REGULAR SEASON RECORDS:
    #3 Guadalajara (7W-6D-4L; 21GF, 18GA) v #4 Toluca (8W-3D-6L; 21GF, 20GA)

    • HOW THEY GOT HERE:
      After falling 1-0 in the quarterfinal, first leg, Guadalajara slipped past city-rival Atlas by the same score in the second leg and advanced due to a higher position in the regular-season table.
    • Toluca took down host Santos, 4-1, in the quarterfinal, first leg, and withstood the Guerreros’ 3-1 second-leg win to progress, 5-4 on aggregate.
    • SHINING STARS:
      Whenever Edwin Hernandez has the ball, he is a threat. The Guadalajara midfielder had five assists during the Clausura, tied for first in the league.
    • The Chivas defense must always be aware of Toluca forward Fernando Uribe. The Colombian netted seven regular-season goals and also scored in the quarterfinal, first-leg win at Santos.
    • FAMILIAR FOES:
      In their lone meeting this season, Alan Pulido (32’, 73’) scored both goals as Guadalajara defeated visiting Toluca, 2-0, on March 4.
    • The sides’ previous Liguilla meeting was the 2012 Apertura quarterfinals, when Toluca prevailed (agg: 5-2).
    • SCCL IMPLICATIONS:
      Advancing to the final would give Guadalajara its second ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League berth (2012/13), while 2013/14 SCCL finalist Toluca is seeking a fourth appearance (2009/10, 2010/11, 2013/14).
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