Guadalajara, Toluca to meet in Liga MX Clausura semifinals
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Action from the Liga MX Clausura match between host Guadalajara and Toluca on March 4, 2017, in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo: Gema Lugo/Straffon Images)

TOLUCA, Mexico – Two of Mexico’s most decorated clubs will clash in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura semifinals starting on Thursday, as host and 10-time champion Toluca welcomes 11-time champion Guadalajara to the Estadio Nemesio Diez.

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the series.

REGULAR SEASON RECORDS:
#3 Guadalajara (7W-6D-4L; 21GF, 18GA) v #4 Toluca (8W-3D-6L; 21GF, 20GA)

  • HOW THEY GOT HERE:
    After falling 1-0 in the quarterfinal, first leg, Guadalajara slipped past city-rival Atlas by the same score in the second leg and advanced due to a higher position in the regular-season table.
  • Toluca took down host Santos, 4-1, in the quarterfinal, first leg, and withstood the Guerreros’ 3-1 second-leg win to progress, 5-4 on aggregate.
  • SHINING STARS:
    Whenever Edwin Hernandez has the ball, he is a threat. The Guadalajara midfielder had five assists during the Clausura, tied for first in the league.
  • The Chivas defense must always be aware of Toluca forward Fernando Uribe. The Colombian netted seven regular-season goals and also scored in the quarterfinal, first-leg win at Santos.
  • FAMILIAR FOES:
    In their lone meeting this season, Alan Pulido (32’, 73’) scored both goals as Guadalajara defeated visiting Toluca, 2-0, on March 4.
  • The sides’ previous Liguilla meeting was the 2012 Apertura quarterfinals, when Toluca prevailed (agg: 5-2).
  • SCCL IMPLICATIONS:
    Advancing to the final would give Guadalajara its second ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League berth (2012/13), while 2013/14 SCCL finalist Toluca is seeking a fourth appearance (2009/10, 2010/11, 2013/14).