And then there were four. The semi-finals are set and now four teams are left looking for all the glory, the 2010 Apertura Championship. The quarter-finals gave us some interesting and intense games, but it also gave us a big surprise. Cruz Azul, the Superlider of the regular season were kicked out by 8th seeded Pumas, in what many people saw the biggest surprise of the season.
The favorites won their first leg 2-1, but the surprising young squad of Pumas made a comeback in the second leg winning 2-0 (3-2 aggregate). Cruz Azul ends their great season with a disappointing loss, sending heartbreak to all their fans who had high hopes for their team this season.
The other favorite on the other hand, Monterrey, moved on to the semi-finals, in an intense match up with Pachuca. After a 1-1 tie in the first game, Monterrey and Pachuca tied in an intense second game 3-3. By far the best game of the quarter finals. After two ties, Monterrey moved on because of their better position on the table throughout the league.
One of the most anticipated match ups in the quarter finals was Santos vs Jaguares. After two games played, Santos moved on to the semi-finals with an aggregate score of 2-1. This match up did not live up to its expectation based on the teams run towards the end of the season. In the second match when it seemed that the game was going to end 0-0, Santos was awarded a penalty that sealed the game for them and sent Jaguares home.
The "brothers" of this years liguilla went head to head in an intense first game, that surprisingly ended 0-0. Back in the Azteca, America showed its dominance over San Luis and easily beat "Los Gladiadores" 4-1 and moved on to the semi-finals waiting for its next opponent.
Now we have four teams going head to head trying to reach this seasons final. Both match ups, on paper, seem to be interesting games. Here is a preview of the 2010 Apertura Semi-finals...