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Mexico: Raúl Is Champion (again) And Liga MX Is Crazy

ZAPOPAN, MEXICO - MAY 14: Orbelin Pineda of Chivas celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team during the quarter finals second leg match between Chivas and Atlas as part of the Torneo Clausura 2017 Liga MX at Chivas Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo by Refugio Ruiz/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Mexico: Raúl Is Champion (again) And Liga MX Is Crazy

The Mexican football world has been hectic, but in a good way. Raúl Jiménez returned last week to score one of the most important game winners of the season, and he wasn’t done there. Meanwhile, Liga MX proved once again that it’s impossible to predict, and it’s best to let us just sit back and enjoy the show.

Here’s some notes on Mexican’s abroad and Liga MX…

Liga MX semifinals are set after wild quarterfinals 


Tigres and rivals Monterrey faced off in the quarterfinals of the Liguilla, but it was all Tigres from the get go. A 4-1 drubbing at home set up a nice comfortable road game in the second leg, but Tigres extended that with a brace from Andre-Pierré Gignac, winning 2-0.

Chivas and Atlas had a neck and neck series, where Atlas got the 1-0 win at home, but due to seeding, a 0-1 loss in Chivas’ house gave the nod to their Guadalajara rivals.

Despite a win in the first leg, Morelia couldn’t hold on and fell to Tijuana Xolos, 2-0, in the second leg. The matches between Santos Laguna and Toluca may have been the most unpredictable, as Toluca blasted Santos Laguna, 4-1, as the guests, but fell, 1-3, at home. Although it was a big loss, Toluca survived to advance.

The semifinal will look like this

  • Thursday: Chivas vs Toluca, Tigres vs Tijuana Xolos
  • Saturday: Chivas vs Toluca, Tigres vs Tijuana Xolos

Raúl scores in final league match, several Mexicans end on high note


He fought several injuries throughout the year, but when healthy, Raúl Jiménez has been on fire for Benfica. In the final match of the season, he notched the second goal of the game, clearing the victory for the home team. This is Raúl’s second league title in a row with Benfica.

Héctor Herrera and Tecatito had a game for themselves for FC Porto, as Tecatito assisted Herrera on a goal, and Herrera recorded an assist later in the game. Many speculate, however, that this will be the last match for Herrera and Porto, with talk of a transfer to happen.

Andrés Guardado and Héctor Moreno ended the season strong, despite failing to win the league. Héctor scored a goal in the final match for PSV this season. There are strong rumors that Atlético Madrid will seek out Andrés Guardado’s services in the upcoming season.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011, and is a Sport management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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