Pachuca with the ninth seed houses the No.. 2 seeded Pumas in the second game of a Liga MX double header game on Thursday evening. (Photo by Jaime Lopez / Jam Media / Getty Images)
The second quarter-finals in the Liga MX playoffs may not have the glamor of a post-season Super Clásico, but both series promise a quality game. I’m here to tell you that the Cruz Azul-Tigres and Pumas-Pachuca match ups are 360 minutes of entertainment.
Of course, it’s all about Guadalajara’s 1-0 win over América with higher seeds in 239. Super Clásico. In the other playoff competition of the Liga MX on Wednesday, No.. 12 seed Puebla stunned León with two early goals and prevailed 2-1.
The Tigres-Cruz Azul slope starts the Thursday evening calendar and this No.. 6 vs.. . No. 4 Pairing promises real fireworks, and maybe not just on the score sheet.
On 15. July, the Cementeros and Tigres had an argument after the game after the penalty shootout by Cruz Azul in the semifinals of the Copa GNP in the preseason. The tiger skipper Guido Pizarro and Robert Siboldi argued on the charge that the manager of Cruz Azul had ridiculed Pizarro and his friends.
An argument broke out and harsh words were exchanged. Tigres star Javier Aquino ravaged his old colors with a « What have you won lately? » Ridicule. The zippy winger was quickly and sharply criticized by the legends of Cruz Azul and his former teammates, who beat him up for breaking up the institution that started his career.
« La Máquina Azul », with which Aquino made his debut in 2010, has not won a Liga MX crown since 1997. The Cementeros won a Copa MX title and the Concacaf Champions League trophy in 2013, five months after Aquino left for Spain in January 2013.
But Aquino’s sneer related to his four Liga MX medals and three Concacaf Champions League rings in the past five years with Tigres. During this time, Cruz Azul only added the MX trophy (Apertura 2018).
The « Máquina » appeared to be ready for a title run last season, before the Clausura 2020 was canceled due to the upcoming pandemic.
The Tigres earned some degree of revenge for the Copa-GNP incident in October. 17, the Cementeros hide 2-0 at Estadio Azteca. That defeat was Cruz Azul’s second in a row and they dropped from first to fourth place by ending the Guardianes 2020 with a 1-1-4 run.
The Tigres got Cruz Azul thanks to the win on Jan.. Matchday actually skipped, but not won again, a stumble that put the men of « Tuca » Ferretti in sixth place.
On Sunday the Tigres held back a lively Toluca 11 and escaped « El Volcán » with a 2-1 victory.
And so we are here today with the No.. 4 Cementeros visit “El Volcán” – the Estadio Universitario outside Monterrey in the first leg of an attractive quarter-final series. Cruz Azul is 1-4-0 in their last five visits to the Tigres Stadium, by the way.
And Cementeros fans really want to end the 23-year drought in Liga MX. A road win in the first leg would be a big boost for the Men in Blue.
This series could be the most exciting in the entire Liguilla, pitting the opportunistic Pumas against the irrepressible Tuzos.
UNAM only lost once all season, while Pachuca was in full bloom on Saturday, pushing Santos aside in their Liga MX wildcard match.
Puma’s goalkeeper Julio González will stare into the spotlight as he has to replace the injured Alfredo Talavera between the pipes. « Tala » was in MVP entertainment mid-2020 Guardianes but has missed three games since the calendar turned to October and the veteran goalkeeper will miss the entire playoffs.
Pachuca showed glimpses of tremendous potential throughout the season – including a 7-game streak that began in September and ran through October. But without a doubt, the removal of the favorite Santos Laguna with a 3-0 result caught the attention of the Pumas.
Víctor Guzmán was the man of the game in wildcard play and he is in good shape after being reinstated after a 9 month drug suspension in late September.
The Tuzos defense and goalkeeper Oscar Ustari were strong all season as Pachuca connected the leading León with the fewest allowed goals (14). .
Led by strikers Juan Ignacio Dinenno (10 goals) and Carlos González, the Pumas fight an epic battle against Pachuca center-backs Oscar Murillo and Gustavo Cabral.
Both teams have young players in midfield (keep an eye on UNAM’s Pachucas Erick Sánchez and Erik Lira) and they both love to play in transition.
Expect this to be a tight, tense two-game series. Recent history also confirms this, as each team has played the other 3-3-4 in the last 10 games between the two.
In the 81st minute, Sub-Cristián Calderón scored a free kick from a goal kick deep into América’s area, controlled, moved to the left and shot a shot into the Upper 90 to finish the No.. to give. 7 seed Chivas a well deserved 1-0 win against No.. 3 America.
The rare playoff win against the Aguilas ended Guadalajara’s defeat in the Liga MX Super Clásico in three games. The all-time playoff record in this national derby is now 15 wins in America, 5 wins in Chivas and 5 draws.
Hosts Puebla got off to a great start at Estadio Cuauhtémoc, scoring a goal in the first minute and scoring in the 37th. Minute an own goal, but León with the highest seeds shortened the gap before half-time.
The heavily favored Esmeraldas pushed the attack in the second half, but couldn’t find the balance when Puebla goalkeeper Nicolás Vikonis made 6 big saves to secure the 2-1 victory. The Camoteros seem ready to continue playing the Liguilla Cinderalla.
Less than a year after leading Monterrey to the Apertura 2019 Liga MX title, Antonio « El Turco » Mohamed was sent packing. The Rayados have the largest payroll in the league to date, knocked out from the playoffs in the Puebla wildcard round at 12th place. Has received a starting place.
The disappointing end of the Guardianes 2020 season follows a disastrous Clausura 2020. Monterrey couldn’t win a single game and took the lead 5-5-5 at the start of their title defense before the Clausura was canceled due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
The Rayados were again inconsistent this season and contented themselves with No.. 5 seeds with a mediocre 8-5-4 record.
Mohamed hoisted the Copa MX trophy last month, but that’s seen as minor hardware for a team that spent $ 82. $ 1 million wages ($ 13 million more than America, the team with the second largest payroll).
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