The first round of the Liga MX Liguilla has come and gone, leaving us with some pretty intriguing matchups. Several favorites also lost their way in the first round and one former giant has found its way back to glory.
Here is what the semifinals are looking like…
Toluca (1) vs Tijuana Xolos (6) – Thursday, May 10
It wasn’t an easy go for Toluca against Morelia in the quarterfinals, but their league standing gave them the ticket to the semifinals after a 4-4 aggregate. Their season was a dream, ending as the Súperlider. They caught fire at the right time, but there are still some holes in their defense that need to be fixed. Either way, Toluca is close to giving fans an exciting treat by reaching the finals.
If there is one team who is the most unlikely to have reached the semifinals, it was Tijuana Xolos. They had a daunting task in facing Monterrey in the quarters, but a major upset in the second leg caught the eye of Liga MX fans around the world. Monterrey slipped up and now Tijuana has its chance to capitalize on the opportunity.
Club América (2) vs Santos Laguna (4) – Thursday, May 10
Club América had an ugly stretch of matches after they lost their first match to Toluca back in March. Now, Miguel Herrera’s club has found their rhythm at the perfect time. A 4-1 blasting of Pumas on the road to kick off their playoffs was surely enough to nurse on the way back home – and it was. Club América got their 2-1 win at home, and they head into the semifinals with a new found confidence.
Santos Laguna slipped up on the road against Tigres, losing the match, 0-2. Generally, it’s hard to get things to go just right in a second leg, but that nearly happened for Santos Laguna. Osvaldo Martínez scored a free kick 17 minutes in and the fans could feel this was a special day. Although a dubious red card was given to Jonathan Rodríguez, Djaniny scored the aggregate equalizer in the 73rd minute. The final of 2-0 was enough for Santos Laguna, as their standing in the league gave them the favor over Tigres.