The sometimes underrated Copa MX is now heading into the business end of the competition, and one team is starting to take shape as the title favorites. The tedious group stage is in the past and the single elimination knockout stage kicked off this week with some big scorelines.
Here are the final scores form the quarter-final matches:
Tigres UANl 6-0 Atlante
The heavy favorites for the Copa MX title has been, (now more than ever) Tigres UANL. The Monterrey based side has been putting loads of goals past their opposition since the group stage. The early bad form in league play never affected Tigres, and now with their resurgence, they look poised to make the playoffs in Liga MX as well as lift a trophy in this cup competition.
On the other side of the match-up was Atlante, who have bigger things to worry about than the cup competition. They are still last place in the percentage table, which is the determining factor in the relegation race. They have six league matches left to catch up either to Veracruz or Altas in order to remain in the first division.
Monterrey (3) 1-1 (5) Pachuca
The other Monterrey city team continued their current struggles by bowing out of the cup competition in a penalty shoot-out. Monterrey are at the bottom of the league table only better than Veracruz on goal difference, and are now out of the only tournament that could have saved a little face for the Rayados.
Pachuca is now the biggest threat that Tigres will have between them and the title. Manager Enrique Meza has revived Pachuca from mid-table obscurity this season, and a cup title would go a long way to boosting their confidence.
Dorados (3) 1-1 (5) Veracruz
Dorados of Sinaloa were unable to count with as many Tijuana Xolos players as they had become acostumed to in the Copa MX due to Club Tijuana's midweek clash with the LA Galaxy in the CCL. The first division relegation threatened side ,Veracruz, ended up edging out the second division Dorados. This could come back and harm Veracruz as they will now have an extra midweek match to play while they try to avoid relegation.
Alebrijes 2-1 Queretaro
The only second division side left in the competition following these quarterfinals is Alebrijes of Oaxaca. They managed to get by troubled Queretaro who have way too many off field issues to fully concentrate on the cup competition. The second division side even pitched in to cover some of the Queretaro travel expenses so that the match could be played. Due to Queretaro's legal issues, their bank accounts have been frozen and they have not been able to pay their players' wages.