We are back with another update on all things Mexican football. The Liga MX semifinal was underway on Thursday, and Juan Carlos Osorio assembled his team for May/June matches.
Here’s a look at what happened…
Toluca makes comeback, Tigres dominant at home
In the first match of the Liga MX semifinal, Toluca hosted Chivas for the first leg. The score was 0-0 at half, but it was a nail bitter second half for both teams. Rodolfo Pizarro looked to be the man of the match with a score off a deflection in the 83rd minute, but the home team wouldn’t let it happen. Fernando Uribe connected a header off a set piece to split the game, 1-1, in the 85th minute.
In the second match, Tigres showed their dominance once again at home over Tijuana Xolos. Two first half goals for Tigres put Xolos in a bad hole, and the game ended 2-0. Despite their massive firepower, we have seen Tigres slip up, however, this time it appears they could be good for another final run.
Osorio calls his team
Mexico has two exhibitions before their June World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and the USA. First up is Croatia on May 27, and then Ireland on June 1.
Here is the list (the roster will be cut down to 23):
Goalkeepers: Memo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera, José de Jesús Corona
Defenders: Rafael Márquez, Néstor Araujo, Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Carlos Salcedo, Raúl López, Luis Reyes, Oswaldo Alanís, Miguel Layún
Midfielders: Jesús Molina, Jonathan dos Santos, Jorge Hernández, Jesús Dueñas, Andrés Guardado, Erick Gutiérrez, Héctor Herrera, Orbelín Pineda, Elias Hernández, Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, Jesús Gallardo, Jürgen Damm
Forwards: Oribe Peralta, Chicharito, Tecatito, Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano, Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela
It is a strong call up for Mexico, and the friendlies should serve a good warm up for two World Cup qualifiers which could send Mexico into the clear for the rest of the Hex.
Mexico will also be heading to Russia to fight for their second Confederations Cup trophy after World Cup qualification, and their first match is June 18 against European champion Portugal.
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