After a very entertaining semifinal, the Liga MX has its championship ready. It will be a battle of the attacking powers between Monterrey and Pachuca. This will be a matchup fans from across the league will be delighted to see, with up and coming players ready to lead their teams.
Here is how they got to the final…
Monterrey vs Club América (4-3 on aggregate)
The first leg went all Club América, as they took a nice 1-0 lead and kept it to close out the game. Monterrey did not look in control, and even looked emotionally out of the series. However, playing at home is a different animal.
Monterrey found themselves up 2-0 in the first half of the return leg, and Club América looked to be in a bad spot. Although, one goal and Club América were through to the final. In the 64th minute, Michael Arroyo scored a golden free-kick that got América back in the game.
Monterrey would response, once again, and América was left with another dangerous free kick down, 1-3. Arroyo stepped up and scored another from the spot. Yet, a controversial “hand ball” call gave Monterrey the penalty which would kill off América.
Monterrey will look to win their first Liga MX title since the Apertura 2010.
Pachuca vs Club León (3-2 aggregate)
The teams split the series in the first leg, 1-1, and it looked like this series was going to remain one of the hardest fought battles in the playoffs…and it was true.
Pachuca took a 1-0 lead after an own-goal in the 22nd minute, and they would keep the lead heading into the half. In the 60th minute, Elías Hernández scored the equalizer and got León back on track in the match.
Yet, in the 90th minute, Hirving Lozano recovered the ball in the attack half and took the ball down the field. Right as it looked like we were headed to extra time, Lozano slotted the ball into the net, winning the game for Pachuca.
Pachuca will look to win its first Liga MX title sine the Clausura 2007.
The first match of the final will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 9:05 ET, 6:05 PAC.