Chivas overcome Toluca to set up Copa MX final against Leon
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Chivas defeated Toluca 1-0 on Wednesday in the Copa MX semifinal to set up a clash against Leon next week in the final of the competition.
The win for Chivas came via a first half goal from Omar Bravo, while Leon overcame Chivas' Guadalajara city rival Atlas 1-0 in Wednesday's other semifinal.
The winner of the Apertura season cup competition earns a spot next summer in the Supercopa 2016, which is essentially a playoff for Mexico's final Copa Libertadores place in 2017.
The only goal arrived in the 33rd minute for Chivas, when Claudio Bravo peeled away from his marker inside the penalty area and struck a sweet left-footed volley from Raul Lopez's corner. It was a move straight off the training ground.
Chivas had the better chances in a fairly even game, with Carlos Cisneros cutting inside from the left and striking a right-foot shot off the inside off the far post in the 33rd.
"We've not obtained anything yet," Chivas head coach Matias Almeyda asid after the game. "We can't relax or believe things that don't exist."
It took Toluca until the 61st to create its first real chance at goal, but four minutes later Christian Cueva had the ball in the back of the net, only for the officials to rule it out for offside. TV replays showed Toluca winger Cueva had just been onside and Toluca coach Jose Cardozo was livid after the match.
Over in Leon, Mauro Boselli put his team ahead in the 49th, after he headed in a floated cross from Elias Hernandez.
Atlas reacted in the second half and controlled possession, but couldn't find the equalizer.
The final between Leon and Chivas will be a single match played in Leon's Estadio Camp Nou. It is scheduled for next week, with the exact day yet to be determined.