Liga MX: how the Pumas, Cruz Azul, Chivas and León get to the semifinal of Mexican soccer

León, Pumas, Cruz Azul and Chivas are the teams that continue with the dream of adding one more star to their uniform at the end of the campaign (Collage: Twitter / @ clubleonfc / @ CruzAzulCD / @ Chivas / @PumasMX)

The four guests are ready for the semifinal of Mexican soccer. Lion, the Pumas of the UNAM, Blue Cross and the Chivas Guadalajara are the teams that continue with the dream of adding one more star to their uniform at the end of the campaign.

All four clubs had tough tests in the quarterfinals and in some cases they raised doubts about their actions in the previous phase. On the contrary, some showed that they are firm candidates for the title or surprised with their results in the first phase of the Liguilla.

Certainly those who arrive better emotionally to the semifinal are the ChivasIn addition, they proved to be a team that will fight for the champion trophy. The tapatíos they beat America in both games, their bitter rivals.

The team that reaches the semifinals the best emotionally is Chivas, who beat América, their staunch rival in both games (Photo: Francisco Guasco / EFE)
The team that reaches the semifinals the best emotionally is Chivas, who beat América, their staunch rival in both games (Photo: Francisco Guasco / EFE)

Although they are the worst qualified of the phase (7th), they eliminated one of the favorites to the title. All this thanks to two great performances by Cristian “Chicote” Calderón, who scored three goals in the two games (3-1 was the aggregate score).

Maybe now they will have a bigger test when they face the León, leader of the regular tournament and the best defense of the championship. However, the emeralds suffered against Puebla, the worst rated of the entire Fiesta Grande (12th).

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The camoteros, after surprisingly eliminating Monterrey in the playoffs, beat the Panzas Verdes in the first leg (2-1). However, León knew how to recover on the return by beating La Franja (2-0) and move on to the next phase.

León was the leader of the regular tournament and the best defense of the championship, but suffered against Puebla, the worst classified in Liguilla (Photo: EFE)
León was the leader of the regular tournament and the best defense of the championship, but suffered against Puebla, the worst classified in Liguilla (Photo: EFE)

For him last antecedent between the two teams you have to go back to the matchday 1 of the regular championship. Hairy and rojiblancos drew without goals at the start of Guard1anes 2020, a little over four months ago.

In the other key we have Blue Cross, what overcame his losing streak at the close of the tournament regular. The Celestes lost four times in their last five games, but it was enough to get a direct ticket to the Liguilla.

With all the doubts above The Machine won the UANL Tigers in the first leg at the University Stadium (1-3). Although the cement producers fell at the Azteca Stadium in the second leg (0-1), they were able to control the felines so that they did not score the goals they needed to pass.

In the other key are Cruz Azul and Pumas, who eliminated Tigres and Pachuca respectively (Photo: Henry Romero / Reuters)
In the other key are Cruz Azul and Pumas, who eliminated Tigres and Pachuca respectively (Photo: Henry Romero / Reuters)

With this result he joined the Pumas of the UNAM, who also raised doubts in the quarterfinals. The university students they beat Pachuca in the Estadio Hidalgo (0-1), but in Ciudad Universitaria they were controlled by the Tuzos, although the Hidalgo team could not score a single goal in the entire series (the return was 0-0).

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The last showdown between these two was a few weeks ago, in the matchday 17 of the regular tournament. On that occasion the celestial ones beat the auriazules in the Colossus of Santa Úrsula, but, in the final minutes, the university students could turn the scoreboard (1-2).

It is worth remembering that the first leg matches will be played in the middle of this week and the return matches until next weekend. In the next few hours, Liga MX will announce the schedules for the matches where the ticket to the grand final is played.

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