They were tense, they were nervy and ultimately both decided in exactly the same way as Club América and Tigres both progressed to the Semi Final after ending their respective ties all square and benefitting from their superior standing in the league table.
Antonio Mohamed’s relief at full time was palpable after Paolo Goltz’s 75th minute header managed to overturn the 1-0 defeat Las Águilas suffered against Pumas on Wednesday evening. Up until that point, the visitors had managed to frustrate their city rivals and looked dangerous on the break but the goal turned the match on its head and after defending bravely, Pumas were unable to then find the goal they so desperately needed. El Turco spoke during the regular season about how the system is a little unjust and that finishing top counts for very little but with the aggregate scores locked, his side knocked out eighth seeds, Pumas. América know that improvements will be needed if they are to defeat whoever they are pitted against in the Semi Final.
Later in Nuevo León, Tigres required the same ruling to see off an excellent Pachuca side, whose youngsters battled admirably until the end. Ariel Nahuelpán’s rather unorthodox, bundled finish gave Los Tuzos a lead midway through the first half but they were unable to hold on until the break and Hugo Ayala’s scrappy effort meant that if the scores stayed the same it would be regular season runners-up, Tigres who would progress. Understandably the second half was a tense affair but Tuca Ferretti did not simply have his Tigres side protect their advantage. Neither side could find a goal to separate them and so it would again be the higher ranked home side to benefit. Tigres remain a decent bet for the title but will need to go up a gear in the next round.
Club América 1 – 0 Pumas (Agg 1-1 – América progress due to regular season ranking)
Tigres 1 – 1 Pachuca (Agg 2-2 Tigres progress due to regular season ranking)