Club America reached their second consecutive Liga MX semifinals after Oribe Peralta’s goal sealed a 2-1 aggregate win over rivals Chivas on Sunday.
Before the game, Club America needed a win to progress, as both sides ended leveled after the first leg.
Chivas played well in parts, and were happy to hold possession of the ball, with the visitors struggling to create chances.
But early in the second half, Club America got their go-ahead goal when Oribe Peralta thumped in a Carlos Darwin Quintero corner.
The goal left Chivas needing to score to go through against a hard-working America side.
Matias Almeyda brought on Javier Eduardo “La Chofis” Lopez to provide inspiration and unlock the door, but America’s defense looked as solid as ever.
America had the chance to double their lead on the counter, but at the final whistle, Ricardo Antonio La Volpe’s side did enough to seal their spot in the semifinals of Liga MX.
Carlos Salcido hit a late first-half penalty as Chivas earned a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their quarterfinal clash with Club America.
Las Aguilas took a 24th minute lead through William da Silva when the former Palmeiras combined with Silvio Romero to strike home the breakthrough.
While Club America were the better team for much of the first half, the lead never felt safe, and Edson Alvarez brought down Carlos Alberto “Gullit” Pena inside the box for a penalty. Carlos Salcido stepped up and comfortably converted past Moises Munoz to level things at 1-1 at the break.
Las Aguilas started the second half much brighter and a period of pressure led to Miguel Samudio hitting a shot just inches wide of Rodolfo Cota’s goal.
Chivas found a way to respond, though, and slowly grabbed the initiative of the game, having the better chances for a winner late on.
But a Chivas win here certainly would have been harsh on the visitors as the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
With the result, Chivas will take a small away goal advantage to the return leg, which will be played on Sunday at the Estadio Chivas.
Chivas set up a date with rivals Club America in the Liguilla quarterfinals after settling for a 1-1 draw with Necaxa on Saturday.
Defender Fernando Meza opened the scoring for the Rayos following a smart one-two from Jesus Isijara in the 14th minute.
But Chivas equalized shortly after the half-hour mark when Alan Pulido stepped up and fired in a superb free-kick past goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero.
The end of the first half saw Edson Puch receive a second yellow for a tackle on Jesus “Chapo” Sanchez, leaving the visitors down to ten men for the rest of the game.
In the second half, the hosts came close to taking the lead when Alan Pulido sent a header just wide of the goal before Rodolfo Cota came to Chivas’s rescue by denying Fabian Espindola from close range.
At the end, though, neither team could find the winner as both teams settled for a hard-earned point.
The result was enough to send Necaxa through to the quarterfinals of the Liguilla, while Chivas moved up to fourth and will face rivals Club America in the quarterfinals
Leon fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at home against Chivas, who despite the draw clinched their place in the Liguilla.
The visitors came into this match after losing the Copa MX final against Queretaro during the midweek but received an early boost in this match when Leonel Lopez was sent off for a rash tackle on Michael Perez.
It didn’t take long for Chivas to take advantage and inflict Leon further woes when Eduardo “La Chofis” Lopez finished off a great Isaac Brizuela cross to give his side the lead.
La Chofis could have doubled the lead early in the second half when a penalty was called, but Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough prevented further damage by saving la Chofis’ penalty.
Yarbrough’s penalty save was the catalyst the hosts needed, and moments later, Edwin Hernandez was sent off with a second yellow, leaving both teams down to ten men.
With six minutes to go in the game, Leon were handed a lifeline when a questionable penalty was called for a Carlos Salcido tackle inside the box. Mauro Boselli stepped up and converted to put things at 1-1.
There would be time for one more noteworthy moment in the match when Carlos Salcido was sent off for Chivas. At the end, though, Matias Almeyda’s side were able to hold on and seal their place in the Liguilla.
Next, Chivas will look to finish in a top-four position when they take on Necaxa, while Leon will learn their Liguilla fat with one last game against Cruz Azul.
Alan Pulido’s last minute penalty saw Chivas snatch a 3-2 win over Cruz Azul in an entertaining encounter at the Estadio Chivas.
Richard Ruiz opened the scoring after just two minutes, but Chivas leveled eight minutes later when Marco Bueno pulled the ball back to set up Angel Zaldivar who hit a precise strike past Jose de Jesus Corona for the 1-1.
After going into the break even, the stalemate was broken in the 47th minute when Marco Bueno went from provider to scorer by deflecting in an Edwin Hernandez shot.
But Cruz Azul responded a few minutes later as Jorge Benitez finished expertly a Dennis Bergkamp-like move to level the score for a second time in the game.
When it looked like the game was headed for a 2-2 draw, a penalty was called for a “Maza” Rodriguez handball inside the box. Alan Pulido, who missed a penalty midweek in Chivas’ Copa MX victory over rivals America, stepped up and this time converted to give Chivas all three points and move them one step closer to the Liguilla.
Next, Chivas will pay a visit to Queretaro in the final of the Copa MX, while Cruz Azul will host champions Pachuca at the Estadio Azul