With the semi-finals set, something is also clear: There will be a new Liga MX champion coach. Juan Renoso (Cruz Azul), Nicolas Larcamon (Puebla), Guillermo Almada (Santos) and Paolo Pisolano (Pachuca) did not win any championships in Mexico, as they did not even reach the final. In fact, Larcamón is just playing his first tournament in the country. Cruz Azul will face Pachuca and Puebla against Santos at the front of the title fight, with only Monterrey left due to being one of the first four in the regular tournament and knocking out in the quarter-finals. In that defeat, a young Ronaldo Prieto was the key, who got into the exchange and gave the pass to the semifinals to the Warriors in overtime.
Ronaldo Prieto entered the quarter-final match between Rayados and Santos as a substitute and gave the two teams a pass to the semi-finals in extra time. Up until that point, the La Laguna players had struggled in the final leg of the field, lacking an introduction throughout the match. According to official statistics, the only shot on goal in the whole match was exactly that of Prieto, who also meant his first goal in the first division.
Meanwhile, in the second leg at BBVA, Monterrey welcomed more than 15,000 fans who never turned off the chants, a support that those led by Javier Aguirre needed to overcome the negative 2-1 deficit that the match left them in one direction. In Torreon.
The TV broadcasts hinted that it is impossible to control the fans in terms of sanitary protocols, because once inside they are the ones who decide to use the mask or not.
In the 30th minute, Maxi Meza’s goal, after a corner kick rejected by Santos goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo, whose rebound was coincidental for the midfielder, gave Monterrey a temporary pass as he was in a better position at the public table.
Before going to the break, the local team lost Cesar Montes, who, at first glance, had a muscle problem. The chosen Mexican defender was lifted from the field on a stretcher and Colombian Stefan Medina stepped in.
It was not easy to keep the score for Rayado, as the team led by Guillermo Almada came back from break with a more visible attacking match and with dangerous hits that, last time, was saved by Miguel Layn, Jesús Gallardo, or himself.
Until the 91st minute, thanks to a corner kick from the right by Santista, the ball rebounded off the legs of Jesus Gallardo, enabling Ronaldo Prieto to finish the net firmly in the small area and without. Mark some.
That way, the Warriors will return to the semi-finals for the first time since Clausura 2018, while Rayados de Monterrey extends his streak to two consecutive championships to be knocked out in his first post-season round (they fell to Puebla in the Guardians 2020 Qualifiers); On both occasions, depending on the position on the general schedule, they were considered favorites.
According to the news release, El Míster, Javier Aguirre is the second highest-paid technician on the American continent, in a list in which Almada is not counted in the top fifteen.