Liga MX Quarterfinals second legs this weekend

Ameica vs Pumas and Tigres against Monterrey

Liga MX Quarterfinals second legs this weekendMariano Pavone from Cruz Azul. EFE
Mariano Pavone from Cruz Azul. EFE

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Not a lot of rest for the remaining teams in LigaMX who are fighting for the championship. After four intense games between Wednesday and Thursday, the remaining eight teams will be back in action this weekend for the second legs of these quarterfinals.

Club America will be home at the Estadio Azteca as they welcome in fellow Mexico City squad Pumas UNAM. America took a 0-1 victory in the first leg and will be pretty comfortable at home. Pumas will be obligated to search for a minimum of two goals and get the win in order to advance. America will be in the semifinals with a win, draw, or 0-1 loss. America will be without young star defender Diego Reyes. The Olympic gold medalist had to be removed from Wednesday night's game due to an ankle injury, same reason why he'll be unavailable for the "Aguilas" in the return fixture.m

This game is scheduled for Saturday May 11 at 5:00 PM local time (3:00 PM Pacific) from the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

League leading Tigres will host neighbors Monterrey in another edition of the "Clasico Regiomontano". The Rayados of Monterrey got a 1-0 win at home and will be looking to manage the game with the score in their favor. Tigres did not seem like their powerful self in the first 90 minutes of this affair, and will need to find the form that carried them to the top of the league to get past their home town rivals. A 1-0 win for Tigres will see them through to the semifinals, but one goal from Monterrey and Tigres would be forced to win by a two goal difference in order to advance.

The game is scheduled for Saturday May 11 at 7:00 PM local time (5:00 PM Pacific) from the Estadio Universitario "El Volcan" in San Nicolas (Monterrey suburb)

Every season their is a Cinderella story. Last season's Cinderella Xolos ended up winning the championship, and Atlas will be looking for that fairy tale ending as well. The Guadalajara based team who started the season fighting relegation will host Santos Laguna in search of their ticket to semifinals. The first game ended 0-0 at the home of the Laguneros. Another 0-0 tie and Atlas will be in the next round, but a goal from Santos and it would obligate Atlas to win the match; making any draw not good enough. Santos will hope to count on star striker Oribe Peralta to be back from injury. Santos controlled and created plenty of goal scoring opportunities in the first game, but missed Peralta's finishing abilities.

Game is scheduled for Sunday May 12 at 6:00 PM local time (4:00 PM pacific) from the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara.

The quarterfinals will close its curtains with the Morelia vs Cruz Azul match. A six goal feast in the first leg that went Cruz Azul's way sets this one up to be the most exciting match of the round. Thanks to the 4-2 home win Cruz Azul can travel to Morelia with confidence. Ever since their Copa MX championship, the "Cementeros" have won five in a row, including cutting down Morelia's ten game unbeaten streak. Morelia still have a bit of hope thanks to the two away goals, they'll be looking for a two goal win in order to advance so long as Cruz Azul do not pick up three goals. In order to make this possible Morelia will have to play a lot better that Thursday night were they played some awful defending which was taken advantage of by the home side putting in four goals past goalkeeper Federico Vilar.

Game is scheduled for Sunday May 12 8:00 PM local time (6:00 PM pacific) from the Estadio Morelos in Morelia.

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