• Friday Nov 25, 2016

    Road to SCCL: Liga MX Quarterfinals, 1st leg update

    Action from the Liga MX Apertura quarterfinal, first leg between fellow SCCL quarterfinalists Pumas and visiting Tigres (blue jersey) on November 23, 2016, in Mexico City. (Photo: Luis Licona/Straffon Images)

    MEXICO CITY – First leg play in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura quarterfinals concluded Thursday with two winners, but none of the three sides still alive in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League – Pachuca, Pumas and Tigres – came away with a victory.

    Of the four contested matches, Leon was the most impressive in a 3-0 triumph over top-seeded Club Tijuana, while Necaxa edged defending champion Pachuca, 2-1.

    The Pumas-Tigres encounter ended in a 2-2 draw and 2015/16 SCCL champion Club America battled Guadalajara to 1-1 stalemate.

    CONCACAF.com recaps the action:

    2016 LIGA MX APERTURA

    Quarterfinals, First Leg

    November 23, 2016

    Estadio Leon (Nou Camp) – Leon

    (8) Leon 3, (1) Club Tijuana 0

    Mauro Boselli gave Leon a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, bouncing a header off Elias Hernandez’s right-sided cross over goalkeeper Federico Vilar and under the crossbar.

    Five minutes later, Hernandez delivered a right-sided corner kick that was headed by Diego Novaretti towards the right post, where Fernando Navarro redirected it with his head to double the host’s advantage.

    German Cano completed the scoreline in the 62nd minute, when he tapped in Hernandez’s left-sided free kick.

    The sides meet again on November 26 in at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana

    Notes:

    - Leon has scored three goals five times in its last seven Liga MX matches

    - Leon is unbeaten in its last 11 Liga MX matches (7W-4D-0L)

    - Club Tijuana conceded three goals in a 2016 Liga MX Apertura match for only the second time (3-2 away loss v Puebla on July 24, 2016)

    - In their only regular-season meeting, host Club Tijuana defeated Leon, 2-0, on August 12, 2016

     

    Estadio Olimpico Universitario – Mexico City

    (6) Pumas 2, (3) Tigres 2

    Tigres saw one-goal leads slip away twice in a 2-2 draw with fellow SCCL quarterfinalist Pumas.

    Ismael Sosa put the visitor ahead 1-0 in the eight minute, when he was set-up by Andre-Pierre Gignac to finish brilliantly with outside of his right foot from the top of the box.

    Pablo Barrera slammed a right-footed penalty kick into the left side of the net in 36th minute to equalize, but Jurgen Damm restored Tigres’ lead just three minutes after the break, curling a left-footed effort from 18-yards out beyond goalkeeper Miguel Palacios.

    The sides were on level terms in the 66th minute as Pumas’ Matias Britos intentionally let a pass go through his legs in the box to an unmarked Fidel Martinez, who fired past goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman from nine-yards out.

    The second leg will be played on November 26 at the Estadio Universitario in San Nicolas de los Garza.

    Notes:

    - Pumas is winless in its last three home games (0W-2D-1L)

    - Pumas has scored at least one goal in 11 consecutive Liga MX games

    - Tigres is unbeaten in its last three Liga MX away games (2W-1D-0L)

    - In their only regular-season meeting, Tigres defeated host Pumas fell, 3-1, on October 23, 2016

     

    November 24, 2016

    Estadio Victoria – Aguascalientes

    (7) Necaxa 2, (2) Pachuca 1

    With five minutes remaining in normal time, Claudio Riaño struck for the game-winning goal, taking a pass in the right side of the box from Edson Puch and snapping off a shot with the outside of his right foot that appeared to take a deflection off a defender before the net.

    Luis Gallegos put host Necaxa ahead in the 33rd minute, when his speculative left-footed from 32-yards out was misplayed by goalkeeper Oscar Perez as the ball went his hands and in between his legs, before crossing the line.

    Pachuca’s only goal came off the foot of Victor Guzman, whose 66th-minute laser from 18-yards out streaked inside the post.

    The second leg will be played on November 27 at the Estadio Hidlago in Pachuca.

    Notes:

    - Necaxa improved 5W-4D-0L at home during the 2016 Liga MX Apertura

    - Necaxa has scored at least one goal in nine straight 2016 Liga MX Apertura matches

    - Pachuca has conceded 2 goals or more in four staright 2016 Liga MX Apertura matches

    - In their only regular-season meeting, host Pachuca defeated Necaxa, 1-0, July 30, 2016 … Stefan Medina (38’) scored the only goal

     

    Estadio Azteca – Mexico City

    (5) Club America 1, (4) Guadalajara 1

    All the scoring took a place in the first half as Club America and Guadalajara battled to a 1-1 draw in a playoff installment of the Clásico.

    Wilson Da Silva gave the host Aguilas a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute, brilliantly chipping just over goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota from eight-yards out off a give-and-go with Silvio Romero.

    In the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time, Carlos Salcido leveled the score, firing his penalty kick into the right side of the net.

    The second leg will be played at the Estadio Chivas in Zapopan.

    Notes:

    - Club America is unbeaten in nine straight 2016 Liga MX Apertura games (3W-6D-0L) … last three outings ended in a draw

    - Club America hasn’t posted a shutout in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura since defeating visiting Chiapas, 3-0, on July 16, 2016, the opening day of the season

    - Guadalajara’s last three 2016 Liga MX Apertura matches have ended in 1-1 draws

    - In their only regular-season meeting, visiting Guadalajara defeated Club America, 3-0, on August 27, 2016 … Isaac Brizuela scored twice in that match

     

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