The quarterfinals of the Liga MX playoffs are now over, and we saw some serious battles over the two legs. The semifinals are set up for even more great match ups, including a rematch from a 3-3 result a few weeks back between two of the best teams in the league…
Tigres vs Monterrey (3-4 aggregate)
Tigres entered Saturday’s match behind 1-3 on the aggregate, leaving them almost certainly done in the series. Yet, Tigres didn’t sit back and managed to score two goals early in the first half. Just like that, it looked liked Monterrey was on the ropes in the series.
Monterrey managed to do what they needed to do, and in the 70th minute, youngster Cesar Montes scored a crucial goal. It was enough to see Monterrey off into the semifinals, and crowned them the kings of the Clásico Regio this season.
Club León vs Monarcas Morelia (5-2 aggregate)
The first leg was a very even match, leaving fans feeling the second would have a similar battle. However, Club León turned on the jets and were way too much to handle for Morelia.
Beloved by the fans, Luis Montes didn’t slow down from the previous match and scored twice in the 4-1 victory at home. León dominated the attack despite Morelia having more possession. Going into the semifinals, Club León have begun to click at the right time, making them one of the scariest teams to face.
Santos Laguna vs Pachuca (3-4 aggregate)
The series between Santos Laguna and Pachuca was one of the best battles you’ll see in the league. The first leg ended 1-1, and the fireworks were only beginning once the second leg started.
Two early goals by both teams set up for a great finish. In the second half, Franco Jara put Pachuca up 3-1 which seemed to be enough, but Santos responded only 4 minutes later with a goal of their own in the 85th minute. Santos were unable to grab another in the dying minutes of the game.
Club América vs Chivas (2-1)
The first match was a very sloppy, stale 0-0 between these two huge rivals. Heading into the Azteca, Club América needed to win. A draw or loss and they were out of the playoffs. Chivas, on the other hand, needed to score and they did just that.
In the 9th minute, Orbelín Pineda scored a beauty from distance, putting Chivas up a very important goal. After that goal, América began to take over the attack, leaving Chivas on their heels. In the 26th minute, Darwin Quintero was taken down in the box, and Osvaldo Martínez converted with ease.
Right as América looked to have control, Chivas won a penalty. Yet, Carlos Peña stepped up and blasted the shot right into the crossbar. It was the break América needed, and they sealed the game in the 64th minute with a goal from Oribe Peralta.
Semifinal match ups:
- Club América vs Monterrey: Game 1 is on Wednesday, May 18 at 9:00 ET, 6:00 PAC
- Club León vs Pachuca: Game 1 is on Thursday, May 19 at 9:05 ET, 6:05 PAC