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Membership America nabs Liga MX prime spot with common season achieved

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The Liga MX common season has now formally completed with the playoffs up subsequent, leaving six groups knocked out of the working for the title chase.

For these remaining, the highest 4 within the league desk will robotically qualify for the quarterfinal playoff stage, whereas spots 5 via 12 will battle it out in a preliminary single-leg play-in (repechaje) spherical this weekend. After that, the two-legged quarterfinals will then start subsequent week.

In case you missed the ultimate weekend of the common season, here is a fast wrap-up on these invited to the Liguilla, these lacking out and extra notes from Week 17.

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America prime forward of Monterrey, Santos, Pachuca

After 4 separate groups climbed the highest, Membership America took the No. 1 spot within the league desk after Week 12, by no means letting go of the place via the tip of the common season. On Friday night time, the 2-1 win over Puebla not solely solidified a whopping 38 factors for the league leaders, but in addition prolonged Las Aguilas‘ undefeated streak to 12 video games.

Supervisor Fernando Ortiz and his gamers stay the title favorites, however the coach made it clear that it will not be simple within the Liguilla.

“The twelfth certified workforce has the identical alternative as us in first place,” Ortiz stated after the end result in opposition to Puebla. “Beginning Monday afternoon, you need to put together in another way [for the playoffs].”

Simply three factors behind Membership America is second-place Monterrey. Though a 0-0 draw with Pachuca wasn’t essentially the most thrilling finish to the common season, it did spotlight how nicely the workforce has achieved defensively with their ninth shutout of the Apertura. Led by veteran coach Victor Manuel Vucetich, Los Rayados will likely be one other title contender to comply with within the playoffs.

Santos Laguna completed because the No. 3 playoff seed after defeating Mazatlan 3-0 on Sunday night. Led by a brace from Javier Correa, Los Guerreros have concluded the Liga MX common season because the joint prime purpose scorers (together with Membership America) with 38.

Final however not least from the highest 4 is Pachuca. Have been it not for an amazing sport in web from Monterrey’s again line and goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, Los Tuzos may have simply walked away with a win and a spot at third or second within the desk. Nonetheless, they’ve averted the play-in spherical and could have loads of time to relaxation league-leading purpose scorer Nicolas Ibañez, who discovered the again of the web 11 instances within the Apertura.

Tigres, Cruz Azul cruising; Toluca sneaks in

Inconsistently bouncing back-and-forth from losses and victories, fifth-place Tigres closed out the season on observe with a convincing 3-0 win over Atletico San Luis. Maybe as a warning to imminent play-in spherical opponent Necaxa, star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac collected a brace in Tigres’ newest end result, which included an help from 21-year-old debutant Fernando Gonzalez.

As for twelfth place Necaxa, they need to depend themselves fortunate to be within the playoff dialog. Following a 1-0 loss to Atlas over the weekend, Necaxa tenuously held their Liguilla spot due to Atletico San Luis and Mazatlan stumbling in their very own video games.

Sixth-place Toluca had one of many greater wins of the season — probably due to some eye-catching Dia de Muertos kits — of their 4-1 end result at residence over Queretaro. With a transfer up the desk, they will now host eleventh place FC Juarez, a facet that have been in a position to narrowly sneak over the playoff line with a 3-1 win over Pumas final Friday.

Cruz Azul are peaking on the proper second, claiming their fourth win in a row after defeating Chivas 2-1 on Saturday night time. Sitting at seventh place, Los Cementeros will now host Tenth-place Leon within the play-in spherical. On paper, Leon ought to be completely happy to be again within the playoffs after lacking out within the 2022 Clausura, however a worrisome 2-2 draw in opposition to Membership Tijuana on Sunday (which took away their probability to host a play-in spherical match) will not do a lot to assist morale.

Eighth-place Puebla earned simply their third lack of the season in opposition to Membership America, however contemplating how strenuous they made it for the highest playoff seed, the 2-1 defeat has some silver linings forward of their play-in matchup in opposition to ninth place Chivas.

Chivas’ roller-coaster common season has completed with the 2-1 defeat by Cruz Azul that pushed them to 3 losses in a row, making Chivas the one playoff-bound workforce with no single level of their final three. Supervisor Ricardo Cadena brushed away any notion {that a} disaster is constructing, whereas additionally admitting after the weekend’s end result that “no person is comfy with the sensation of consecutive losses.”

Atlas out, however Cocca will get fond farewell

Atlas additionally had nothing to play for with playoff spots out of attain, though you would not have been in a position to guess that primarily based on the social gathering environment on the Estadio Jalisco of their 1-0 victory over Necaxa. In entrance of a packed and boisterous crowd, Atlas followers had an emotional farewell to supervisor Diego Cocca, who led them to beautiful back-to-back titles however could not do sufficient to carry his job because the Guadalajara-based facet completed in seventeenth place and missed out on the playoffs this season.

Proper above them within the sixteenth place have been Pumas, who had little motivation of their 3-1 loss to FC Juarez. The run-up to the sport noticed the curious headline of the workforce apologizing to Dani Alves after mistakenly asserting that the Brazil worldwide had suffered a ligament damage in his proper knee. Nevertheless, the 39-year-old moved to reassure followers on social media that he has not picked up a critical knock.

In different outcomes, Membership Tijuana prayed for a victory and miracle to qualify for the playoffs, needing at the very least 5 objectives in opposition to Leon. After shuffling to a 2-2 draw, the bordertown workforce completed in fifteenth place. Mazatlan additionally had an opportunity to sneak into the playoffs with solely a win wanted within the remaining weekend, however in the end struggled within the one-sided loss to Santos Laguna that held them to 14th place. Atletico San Luis had a combating probability to qualify for the playoffs, however got here up simply brief with two consecutive losses to shut out the Apertura in thirteenth place, together with the 3-0 defeat by Tigres.

Lastly, we shut out with 18th-place Queretaro, who fittingly completed on the backside of the standings. Their 4-1 loss not solely secured a spot on the backside of the desk, but in addition gave them the unlucky recognition of being the Liga MX workforce with essentially the most objectives allowed (35) this season.

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