Action from the Liga MX Clausura semifinal, second between host Guadalajara and Toluca (white jersey) on May 21, 2017, in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo: Miguel Gutierrez/Straffon Images)
TIJUANA, Mexico – Defending champion Tigres and Guadalajara will meet in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura final after prevailing in semifinal series against Club Tijuana and Toluca, respectively.
CONCACAF.com looks back at Sunday’s action:
2017 LIGA MX CLAUSURA PLAYOFFS
Semifinals, Second Leg
May 21, 2017
Club Tijuana 0, Tigres 2
Javier Aquino 64’; Jurgen Damm 90’+2
Tigres advances to final (agg: 4-0)
- Top-seeded Club Tijuana’s hopes of overturning a 2-0 deficit from the first leg took a hit in the 50th minute, when Guido Rodriguez was issued a red card.
- Visiting Tigres took command from there as Javier Aquino opened the scoring in the 64th minute by charging down the left side onto Andre-Pierre Gignac’s deflected pass and finishing from eight-yards out.
- Jurgen Damm added an insurance goal in the second minute of stoppage time off a neat pass from Gignac.
- Tigres extended its winning streak to six games with the victory, outscoring opponents 18-2 over that span.
- Tigres will be looking to become the first back-to-back champion in Mexico since Club Leon (2013 Apertura; 2014 Clausura).
THEY SAID IT:
- Tigres defender Alberto Acosta: “I think we have known how to face these matches, respecting the opponents, with order and with great players, which has us in another final.”
- Club Tijuana Head Coach Miguel Herrera: “We did not fulfill the objective of making the final, but we fought toe to toe against a great team.
Guadalajara 1, Toluca 1
Nestor Calderon 30’ / Fernando Uribe 48’
Guadalajara advances by virtue of having a better regular-season record (agg: 2-2)
- Nestor Calderon put Guadalajara ahead 1-0 in the 30th minute, slipping a left-sided free kick from the left just inside the near post.
- Toluca responded in the 48th minute through Fernando Uribe, who scored his second goal of the semifinal with a powerful right-footed shot from 12-yards out.
- Guadalajara has won 11 Mexican titles, but none since the 2006 Apertura.
- Guadalajara will join Tigres, Club America and Club Tijuana as Mexico’s representatives in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
THEY SAID IT:
- Guadalajara forward Alan Pulido: “The unity that this team has, that characterizes this team -- along with its sacrifice -- I don’t think anyone else has.”
- Toluca head coach Hernan Cristante: “I feel at peace because more than the personal errors, successes and mistakes, the boys gave everything and they left their hearts on the field.”