It’s that time again in Mexico…La Liguilla is next for the clubs of Liga MX.
We entered the weekend with a lot to look out for, and there was plenty of action to get us to the final eight teams for the playoffs.
Here’s TheStoppageTime‘s wrap up on the games of Nov.20-Nov.22.
Veracruz outlasts Morelia
These two teams were in must-win situations for Saturday’s game. A win and a Monterrey draw/loss, and Morelia was into the playoffs. Veracruz, on the other hand, controlled it’s own destiny, as it was one point above Monterrey and Morelia.
Veracruz got on the board early with a goal from Juan Albin in the 5th minute, but it was short lived. Morelia responded in the 20th minute with a strike from Mauro Cejas.
Yet, it was a header from Julio Furch which gave Veracruz a 2-1 victory, setting them up for a run in La Liguilla.
Pumas has a late comeback against América
The two powerhouses of the league had a date at the Estadio Azteca on Saturday night, and it lived up to the anticipation. Club América scored first in the 37th minute when Rubens Sambueza left in the area and shot a low, curling shot into the Pumas goal.
Despite not seeing much possession, Pumas got its response late in the second half. Pumas recovered the ball dangerously and Daniel Ludeña made his way into the box, and did a give-and-go which was scored by Ismael Sosa.
The game would end 1-1, but the game sets up both teams well, as they both are secured in the playoffs.
Toluca ruins Monterrey’s night
As mentioned earlier, Monterrey needed a draw from Morelia-Veracruz, and a win on their own to reach La Liguilla. But, Toluca had other plans in mind in their home stadium.
Monterrey equalized in the 81st minute, but two more late goals would send off Monterrey into the offseason with a 1-3 loss.
Toluca finished their season with 32 points in second place in the table.
La Liguilla Apertura matches up next
Here are the match ups for the Mexican playoffs starting on Nov.25:
- Pumas vs Veracruz
- Toluca vs Puebla
- Club León vs Club América
- Chiapas vs Tigres UANL