The Liguilla of the 2023 Apertura Tournament of the Liga MX begins to take shape in a ‘Big Party’ that will debut its format in the current competition and that now includes the so-called Play-In to replace the Repechage.
For this occasion, six teams will qualify directly to the Quarterfinals in the Liguilla: the six best classified in the table at the end of the Regular Phase.
The next four teams (from 7 to 10) in the table will play the so-called Play-in that will pit the seventh against the eighth-placed team in a home match against the first team. The winner will go to the Quarterfinals.
The loser of said match will have a second opportunity to play for the last ticket to the Quarterfinals against the winner of a match between the ninth and tenth-placed teams in the table.
There are 10 teams of the 18 participants that will have a big Mexican soccer party. Club América, leader of the competition, earned its ticket to the Quarterfinals on Matchday 14 by beating Monterrey. Tigres is also already in the Fiesta Grande after the victory against Chivas last week and a combination of results on Matchday 15, as is Rayados de Monterrey.
- America (1) – Qualified for the Quarterfinals
- Tigres (2) – Qualified for the Quarterfinals
- Monterrey (3) – Qualified for the Quarterfinals
- Chivas (4) – Qualified for the Quarterfinals
- Pumas (5) – Classified to Liguilla
- Atlético de San Luis (6) – Qualified to Liguilla
- Tijuana (7) – Qualified to Liguilla
HOW WOULD THE LIGUILLA BE PLAYED AT THE MOMENT?
With the new format, the Quarterfinals will be known in their entirety until the Play-in matches end, although there will already be two series that will be known once the Regular Phase concludes.
So far, the teams positioned in the table to advance to the Quarterfinals are the following:
- America (1)
- Tigers (2)
- Monterrey (3)
- Chivas (4)
- Cougars (5)
- Atlético de San Luis (6)
QUARTERFINALS OF THE 2023 OPENING OF THE LIGA MX
The first team mentioned will close at home. There is no away goal criterion so, in the event of a tie on the aggregate score, the team that will be home in the second leg will also advance.
-Monterrey (3) vs. Atlético de San Luis (6)
-Chivas (4) vs. Cougars (5)
PLAY-IN OF THE 2023 OPENING OF THE LIGA MX
The first team mentioned will play the only game at home. In case of a tie, there will be a penalty shootout.
-Tijuana (7) vs. Toluca (8) – the winner qualifies for the Quarterfinals.
-León (9) vs. Santos (10) – the winner will play the loser of the 7 vs. match. 8 of the Play-In for a ticket to the Quarterfinals.
TEAMS WITH POSSIBILITIES FOR THE LAST DATE OF THE 2023 APERTURA TOURNAMENT
Three tickets remain for the so-called ‘big party’ of Mexican soccer and there are nine teams seeking to sneak into one of the Play-in positions (up to tenth place):
- Toluca (8)
- Leon (9)
- Saints (10)
- Mazatlan (11)
- Puebla (12)
- Pachuca (13)
- Juarez (14)
- Queretaro (15)
- Blue Cross (16)
TEAMS ELIMINATED FROM THE OPENING 2023
For the last date, only the bottom Necaxa and the penultimate Atlas no longer have anything at stake.