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Liga MX: On To The Semifinal

ZAPOPAN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 27: Oribe Peralta of America celebrates after scoring the fist goal of the game during the quarter finals second leg match between Chivas and America as part of the Torneo Apertura 2016 Liga MX at Chivas Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo by Refugio Ruiz/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Liga MX: On To The Semifinal

It was an action-packed Thanksgiving weekend with Liga MX playoffs. We saw some great battles, high scoring matches, and an underdog fight its way to the next round.

Here is the breakdown on how the matches went…


Club América vs Chivas (2-1 aggregate)

The biggest clash in Liga MX happened once again in the Liguilla. Club América had the honors of hosting Chivas at home during the first leg. Despite getting on the board first, Chivas were awarded a penalty just before half to equalize, 1-1. The second half had its fair share of fireworks, but the game ended in a draw.

In the second leg, América came out to make a statement in their rivals home, and they did just that with a goal from Oribe Peralta in the 55th minute. The goal was enough to kick Chivas out of the playoffs with a 2-1 aggregate in favor of Club América.


Necaxa vs Pachuca (2-1 aggregate)

The surprise of the season has been the rise of newly promoted Necaxa. They had a difficult task of taking the powerhouse of Pachuca, but they came out and won the first leg by a shocking 2-1 final. It was looking good for the underdogs, and the next match was just as intriguing.

For Necaxa, they withstood the barrage of attack from Pachuca and walked away with the 2-1 aggregate, setting up a date with Club América.


Tigres vs Pumas (7-2 aggregate)

It seems like Tigres and Pumas always have a wild match between the two, and we saw that in the first leg in Mexico City. A back and forth showdown, even with Tigres going down to 10-men. The final was 2-2, but the second leg was a drastic change for Tigres’ favor.

A massive 5-0 blowout of Pumas saw Tigres off to the semifinal, and with the momentum they’re showing, it might be enough to carry on to the final.


Club León vs Tijuana Xolos (5-3 aggregate)

In one of the most suprising results, Club León took home field advantage to a new level. It was a 3-0 blasting of the #1 seed, leaving ‘Piojo’ Herrera and Tijuana scrambling for answers.

Things did get better for Tijuana at home in the second leg, but it wasn’t enough. Club León’s thrashing of Xolos at home was too big of a hole to climb out of for the top dog in the season.


Upcoming semifinal matches

Game 1:

  • Club León vs Tigres (Wednesday, November 30)
  • Necaxa vs Club América (Thursday, December 1)

Game 2:

  • Tigres vs Club León (Saturday, December 3)
  • Club América vs Necaxa (Sunday, December 4)

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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 Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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