Liga MX Play-in Round Recap


Four very entertaining matches took place in the Liga MX play-in rounds. In four matches with everything at stake, the Liguilla fixtures are now set. The four matches were full of emotion and surprises. Read on for our summary of the play-in rounds.

Cruz Azul 0-1 Atlas

Los Rojinegros are on a seven-game unbeaten streak and had a great afternoon at the Azteca. After just two minutes, thanks to a fine bit of play by Atlas, Brian Lozano scored the only goal of the match. La Máquina tried to come from behind and they stayed close throughout, but Los Jaliscienses managed to contain them, and they will face Chivas in the quarterfinals.

Pachuca 4-4 Santos

This duel between fifth and thirteenth place in the table was very entertaining, with eight goals scored between the two sides. When it seemed that Los Tuzos were going to take the victory by making it 4-3 in stoppage time, a rebound was poked home by Doria to send the game to penalties. From the spot, Los Guerreros scored four to knock Pachuca out. In the quarterfinals Santos will take on Monterrey, who finished top of the Clausura.

León 1-3 Atlético de San Luis

In this match, another team that arrived as the underdog earned a place in the Liguilla. The visitors responded with three goals after Víctor Dávila's goal in the third minute, scoring all before the end of the first half to seal the result. In the quarterfinals they will take on América.

Tigres 1-0 Puebla

Despite the fact that they closed the regular season with a defeat, the hosts controlled the game from start to finish. After several chances, the breakthrough came from Sebastián Córdova. La Franja had a chance for salvation with a penalty that Diego de Buen missed. The Monterrey side will now face Toluca in the quarterfinals.