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Liga MX Week 17: Where to Watch

Who’s playing who? When? And on what channel? All the info you need to catch all the games you’re interested in.

All times Eastern, home team listed first.

Friday, April 25
Querétaro vs Pachuca – 8:30 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Tijuana vs León – 10:30 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes

Saturday, April 26
Veracruz vs Santos – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Unimás
Tigres UANL vs Atlas – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Jaguares de Chiapas vs Atlante – 10:00 PM -Univision Deportes

Sunday, April 27
Toluca vs América – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Puebla vs Morelia – 1:00 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara vs Monterrey – 6:00 PM – Unimás / Univision Deportes

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Liga MX in International Competitions: Where to Watch

This week, Santos Laguna and León play the second legs of their Copa Libertadores Round of Sixteen ties, while Toluca and Cruz Azul face off in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

León drew 2-2 with Bolívar in the first leg, played in Mexico, which means they must win or wrangle a multi-goal (3-3+) draw to advance. A loss would eliminate them, and a 0-0 or 1-1 draw would send Bolívar through on away goals. A 2-2 draw would send the game to penalty kicks (no extra time is played).

As for Santos, they lost 2-1 to Lanús in Argentina in the first leg, which means a 1-0 win would send them through due to away goals, but if Lanús scores, Santos must win by two goals or more. A loss or draw would eliminate them and a 2-1 win would send the game to penalty kicks.

In the other international competition, Toluca and Cruz Azul played a 0-0 draw in the Estadio Azul last week, meaning it’s winner-takes-all here. A scoreless draw would send the game to extra time, while a 1-1 draw or higher would give Cruz Azul the trophy due to away goals.

Tuesday, April 22
Copa Libertadores: Bolívar vs León – 8:00 PM – Fox Deportes

Wednesday, April 22
CONCACAF Champions League: Toluca vs Cruz Azul – 8:00 PM – Unimás / Univision Deportes
Copa Libertadores: Santos Laguna vs Lanús – 11:00 PM – Fox Deportes

León Ties Bolívar, Is Eliminated in Copa Libertadores

Copa_Bridgestone_Libertadores_logoDue to the first leg finishing 2-2 last week in Mexico, León needed a win or a multi-goal (3-3+) draw to win this Round of 16 tie. León had not won any of their previous three meetings with the Bolivians in this competition, and this second leg took place in the altitude of La Paz, which is difficult for any away team to play in.

Nevertheless, the visitors took the lead early on. In just the 5th minute, Fernando Navarro pounced on a poorly cleared ball and sent a cross in from the right. Franco Arizala was perfectly positioned to get a head on the ball, and Romel Quiñónez was unable to react in time to keep the header out. León went up 0-1 on the night and 2-3 on aggregate.

But the lead wouldn’t last past the 35-minute mark. León were unable to properly clear the ball, and William Ferreira headed the ball across the six-yard box for Ronald Eguino, who had lost his marker, to finish at the back post.

The 1-1 (3-3) scoreline put the onus back on León to score again, as Bolívar owned the away goals tiebreaker. The home team seemed content to defend and look for counterattacks, while León took control of the ball and tried to move forward. But for the most part, their possession failed to translate into dangerous chances.

Gustavo Matosas used his substitutions, sending Miguel Sabah, Eisner Loboa, and José María Cardenas on to the field. But the very minute after he made the last of those changes, captain Rafael Márquez rendered them useless.

Márquez, who has a long history of losing his cool, received a straight red card in the 77th minute for executing a flying kick into the back of an opponent. The foul was completely inexplicable and unnecessary, and it destroyed León’s hopes of advancing.

Playing with 10 men and chasing the game in the altitude of La Paz, León were unable to mount a comeback.

Bolívar advances to the quarterfinals, and León bows out of the competition.

Highlights

Red Card

Lineups

Bolívar: Romel Quiñónez, Ronald Eguino, Nelson Cabrera, Luis Gutiérrez, Damir Miranda, Gerardo Yecerotte (Lorgio Álvarez 80′), Walter Flores, José Luis Sánchez, Juan Miguel Callejón (Erwin Saavedra 70′), Juan Carlos Arce (Jaime Arrascaita 93′), William Ferreira.

León: William Yarbrough, Fernando Navarro, Jonny Magallón, Rafael Márquez, Juan José Vázquez, Franco Arizala, Carlos Peña (Eisner Loboa 73′), Luis Montes, Edwin Hernández (José María Cardenas 76′), Mauro Boselli, Matias Britos (Miguel Sabah 60′).

José de Jesús Corona Cleared to Play CONCACAF Final

concacaf championsCONCACAF had suspended Cruz Azul’s goalkeeper, José de Jesús Corona, for his part in a brawl at the end of the Cruz Azul-Tijuana semifinal. Corona had received a red card after the game, which Cruz Azul protested to no avail, as the confederation handed the keeper a three-game suspension.

Which Cruz Azul also protested.

This time with a positive result.

The CONCACAF Appeals Committee decided to reduce his suspension from three games to one, the original punishment for the red card. The other two games had been added on for unsporting behavior. The Committee reports:

After thorough review of the case including analysis of extensive video tape, as well as testimony and reports from match officials, the Appeals Committee found a lack of comprehensive evidence supporting any additional sanctions further to the one-game ban levied as a result of the red card Corona was issued after the match in question.

Corona served the first game of his suspension during the first leg of the Cruz Azul-Toluca final last Tuesday. With the other two games removed, he is now eligible to play the second leg of the final this Wednesday (8:00 PM, Unimás / Univision Deportes). The aggregate score from the first leg is 0-0, making Wednesday night’s game a winner-takes-all affair.

Liga de Ascenso Semifinal Schedule

ascensoAlebrijes de Oaxaca, Estudiantes Tecos, and Necaxa made it through the quarterfinals to join Correcaminos in the semifinals (as top seed, Correcaminos advanced directly to the semis).

The first legs will be played on Wednesday, April 23rd, with the return legs coming on Saturday, April 26th at the home of the higher seed.

Correcaminos (1st) vs Alebrijes de Oaxaca (5th)
First leg: Wednesday, April 23rd – 8:00 PM
Second leg: Saturday, April 26th – 10:00 PM

Estudiantes Tecos (2nd) vs Necaxa (3rd)
First leg: Wednesday, April 23rd – 10:00 PM
Second leg: Saturday, April 26th – 8:00 PM

Week 16 Disciplinary Report

disciplinary reportOnly two players picked up suspensions this week, both of them for being sent off in their Week 16 matches with two yellow cards.

Jehu Chipas (Veracruz) and Bruno Pereira (Jaguares de Chiapas) were the two players red-carded in Week 16, in their games against Monterrey and Santos Laguna, respectively, and they’ll now miss their team’s last game of the regular season.

The Tiburones Rojos are out of playoff contention, so next week’s game is their last official game until the Apertura starts up in July, but Jaguares still have a slight chance of reaching the Liguilla.

The Liga MX Playoff Race

liga mxWith just one game left to play in the Clausura 2014 season, there are still five playoff berths up for grabs, and eleven teams fighting for them.

Who’s in? Cruz Azul (33 points), Toluca (31 points) and Pumas UNAM (25 points) have all locked up their spots. La Máquina and the Diablos Rojos will finish in either first or second, while Pumas could finish anywhere from third to fifth.

Who’s out? Tigres UANL (18 points), Atlante (18 points), Puebla (15 points) and Veracruz (15 points) are unable to qualify.

Who’s in the running? Santos Laguna (24 points), América (24 points), Tijuana (24 points), Morelia (21 points), Pachuca (21 points), Atlas (21 points), Querétaro (21 points), Chivas de Guadalajara (21 points), León (20 points), Monterrey (20 points) and Jaguares de Chiapas (20 points) all have a chance.

The qualification scenarios are still quite complex.

Santos, Américaand Tijuana all have 24 points and need just a DRAW to qualify. They could also qualify with a LOSS depending on other results.

Morelia, Pachuca, Atlas, Querétaro, and Chivas all have 21 points and need a WIN and some of the other 21-point teams to LOSE or DRAW to qualify.

León, Monterrey and Jaguares all have 20 points and need a WIN and most if not all of the teams above them to LOSE or DRAW to qualify.

You can play with various scenarios and scorelines with Mediotiempo’s Liguilla Simulator here.

Liga MX Jornada 16 Statistics

standings and statisticsWith one week left to play, the playoff field is still unclear. First- and second-placed Cruz Azul and Toluca already had their spots guaranteed (despite losses this weekend), but the only other team to mathematically lock up a spot was third-place Pumas UNAM, who did so thanks to their win against Chivas de Guadalajara. Look for a post later today exploring the playoff race in depth.

Enner Valencia (Pachuca) still leads the individual goalscoring table with 12 goals, despite not scoring against Puebla. He’s followed by Martín Bravo (Pumas – 9) and Michael Arroyo (Atlante – 8).

Santos Laguna is still the best offense with 31 goals for, while Tigres and Puebla have had the hardest time finding the net (11 goals each). Toluca has the best defense with just 13 goals allowed, while relegated Atlante has the worst defense and has allowed 28 goals.

On the disciplinary side of things, the refs handed out 35 yellow cards and just 2 reds this week. Veracruz is still the most carded team with 53 yellows, and also has had the most players sent off (8). Querétaro has accumulated the fewest yellows (28) and Chivas is still atop the Fair Play table.

League Table:

# Team W L T GF GD Points
1 Cruz Azul 10 3 3 26 +8 33
2 Toluca 10 5 1 24 +11 31
3 Pumas 7 5 4 25 +7 25
4 Santos 6 4 6 31 +4 24
5 América 7 6 3 20 +4 24
6 Tijuana 7 6 3 21 -0 24
7 Morelia 5 5 6 20 +3 21
8 Pachuca 6 7 3 19 +1 21
9 Atlas 5 5 6 16 0 21
10 Querétaro 6 7 3 15 -3 21
11 Chivas 5 5 6 13 -4 21
12 León 5 6 5 21 +5 20
13 Monterrey 5 6 5 19 -1 20
14 Jaguares 5 6 5 18 -3 20
15 Tigres 4 6 6 11 -5 18
16 Atlante 5 7 3 19 -8 18
17 Puebla 3 7 6 11 -7 15
18 Veracruz 3 7 6 12 -11 15

Tabla de Cociente – Relegation Zone:

# Team Points Games Average
13 Chivas 117 101 1.1584
14 Jaguares 112 101 1.1089
15 Atlas 109 101 1.0792
16 Veracruz 35 33 1.0606
17 Puebla 107 101 1.0594
18 Atlante 98 101 0.9703

Atlante vs Tijuana – Jornada 16

atlante tijuanaAtlante were unable to give their fans a win in their last home game of the season – and their last home game as a first-division team. The Potros de Hierro took the lead, but Tijuana fought back to make it 1-2, and then Atlante missed a penalty kick for the second week running to give the Xolos a win that keeps their playoff hopes alive. This was Tijuana’s first away win in more than a year.

Francisco Estrada opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, scoring a goal in his Liga MX debut to give Atlante the lead. There was an element of luck about it, as his shot wasn’t particularly powerful, but it went between a defender’s legs and surprised goalkeeper Adrían Zermeño (regular starter Cirilo Saucedo sat out this match with a back injury).

Atlante didn’t have much time to enjoy their lead, though. Fidel Martínez put Tijuana back on level footing shortly after halftime, when Fernando Arce’s pass found him alone in front of goal with just the keeper to beat – and he did.

Darío Benedetto completed Tijuana’s comeback in the 83rd minute with a long-range shot that Yosgart Gutiérrez couldn’t stop. Atlante had a golden opportunity to equalize late on when Francisco Chacón pointed to the penalty spot, but Roberto Gutiérrez’s 88th minute penalty was saved by Zermeño.

With the 2-1 win, Tijuana reaches 21 points and keeps themselves in the playoff conversation. while Atlante remains on 18 points and will bid farewell to Liga MX next Saturday in Chiapas.

Highlights

Lineups

Atlante: Yosgart Gutiérrez, Francisco Estrada, Luis Venegas, Salustiano Candía, Martín Galmarini (Carlos Acosta 68′), Alberto García (Carlos Calvo 69′), Francisco Uscanga, Alejandro Vela (Roberto Gutiérrez 81′), Ángel Sepúlveda, Ezequiel Orozco, Michael Arroyo.

Tijuana: Adrián Zermeño, Juan Carlos Núñez, Javier Gandolfi, Hernán Darío Pellerano, Édgar Castillo, Richard Ruiz (Joe Benny Corona 82′), Édgar Villegas (Darío Benedetto 46′), Javier Güemez, Fernando Arce, Fidel Martínez, José García (Hérculez Gómez 59′).

Pumas UNAM vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Jornada 16

pumas chivasA 1-0 win confirmed Pumas’s place in the upcoming Liguilla, while complicating Chivas’s own qualification. Guadalajara is currently outside the top eight with one week remaining, while Pumas climbed up to third for the moment.

Chivas started the game off defending well, but without showing much going forward. Omar Bravo had their best chance of the first half, but with time and space in front of the goal, he ended up sending his shot over the bar.

Minutes later, Dante López had a chance to open the scoring for the home side, but after beating José Antonio Rodríguez one-on-one, the Paraguayan sent his shot into the outside netting.

The score didn’t change until the second half. 20-year-old Daniel Ramírez, who had come on at halftime, found the opening goal in the 54th minute. He received the ball inside the box, got past his marker and sent a powerful shot past Toño Rodríguez to give Pumas UNAM the 1-0 lead.

Chivas reacted well after going behind and began to dominate the game. They had a number of chances to equalize and made Pumas sweat out the last ten minutes of the game, but they were ultimately unable to find a goal.

With the 1-0 win, Pumas climbs to 25 points and ensures their participation in the playoff just one season after their disastrous Apertura 2013 campaign, which was their worst season in 16 years. Chivas, meanwhile, remains on 21 points, which is still within reach of the playoffs, but at the moment they’re in 11th place due to goal difference.

Highlights

Lineups

Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, José Carlos Van Rankin, Luis Quintana, Luis Fuentes, Efraín Velarde, Martín Romagnoli, David Cabrera (Kevin Quiñones 79′), Ismael Sosa, Daniel Ludueña (Daniel Ramírez 46′), Javier Cortés, Dante López (Leandro Augusto 63′).

Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Omar Esparza, Néstor Vidrio, Patricio Araujo, Carlos Rodríguez (Ángel Zaldívar 77′), Israel Castro, Édgar Solís, José Ramírez, Omar Bravo (Giovani Hernández 61′), Carlos Fierro (Carlos Cisneros 61′), Aldo de Nigris.