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Mexico: Liga MX Playoffs Decided, U17 Wins Region, Raúl Returns

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Benfica's Mexican forward Raul Jimenez celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese league football match Rio Ave FC vs SL Benfica at the Rio Ave FC stadium in Vila do Conde on May 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

News for the Mexican fan was on the positive side this past weekend, for the most part. The Liga MX playoffs are ready with the final eight teams earning their spot to fight for the honor of being crowned champion. Mexico‘s U17 had a revenge match against the US, and Raúl Jiménez put Benfica one step closer to earning their league title…

Liga MX drama

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It was a wild final week in Liga MX, with several teams on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs, while some others were on the verge of being bumped out. Moreover, A loss and Morelia were to be sent to the second division, and a win would save them…which is what happened. A 90th minute goal by Raúl Ruidíaz saved Morelia and bumped them ahead of Club América, due to their loss.

The first round is going to have some intense match-ups, none to be missed.

  • Tigres vs Monterrey
  • Chivas vs Atlas
  • Morelia vs Tijuana Xolos
  • Toluca vs Santos Laguna

Mexico U17 triumphant against USA

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A 2-3 loss to the USA in the group stages was devastating for Mexico, but there left a possibility that the two could meet again in the final, which is exactly what happened.

The first half was full of jitters by both sides, and it was easy to call it even going into halftime. However, the second half was mostly dominant by Mexico. A goal scored in the second half was called back from Mexico, despite replays showing no handball on the goal scorer. That is when an error by Mexico’s keeper gave the US the go-ahead lead.

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In dramatic fashion, Mexico scored a 90th minute equalizer to send the game to a penalty shoot-out. Mexico won the shootout to be crowned the U17 CONCACAF Champions.

Raúl scores game winner

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He had a hot-streak earlier in the season which was halted by injury. On Sunday, Raúl found himself in the XI for Benfica, and he did not disappoint. A goal scored on a break away in the 75th minute proved to be the game winner, putting Benfica on top of the league with 78 points, just pulling away from FC Porto.

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