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Ventura Alvarado, Necaxa win Copa MX thanks to stunning Toluca own goal


Wednesday night’s Copa MX was a wild one and, when all was said and done, Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa had claimed a trophy.

In a match featuring three red card and a decisive own goal, Alvarado and Necaxa outlasted Toluca in a 1-0 win to claim the Copa MX title. The trophy is the club’s first top-division title since 1998, a span that has included a pair of relegations.

Alvarado started and played all 90 minutes in a match headlined by late controversy and a stunning ending. The game’s decisive goal came in the 87th minute, as Toluca’s Santiago Garcia’s mishit clearance from outside of the box went flying over his goalkeeper and into the back of the net, giving Necaxa the lead.

In the moments that followed, three players were sent off with Necaxa’s Fernando Gonzalez and Toluca’s Pablo Barrientos and Rubens Sambueza all earning dismissals in stoppage time.

The trophy is Alvarado’s fifth following two Liga MX titles and two CONCACAF Champions League crowns with Club America.


  1. Well, that’s uh…not exactly the best soccer I’ve ever seen them play, South of the Border.

    If that’s what’s winning Liga MX this year, that might be why the Mexican teams were taking it on the chin in CONCACAF Champions League.

    Surely they can’t STAY this bad, right?

    • The four Champions League teams don’t participate in the Copa Mx so no Tigres, America, Tijuana, or Chivas. Most of the Liga Mx clubs play reserve sides through the group stage and first couple knockout stages, hence how Monterrey and Pachuca lost in the Rnd of 16. With that, you end up with a couple, not great teams just as the US Open Cup last year had SKC and RBNY who finished 10th and 11th in MLS last year.

      • yep, was just gonna say, think of our u.s. open cup, and how unimportant most teams consider it. didn’t know that mexican ccl teams don’t even participate, though.

      • Its knockout stages share a lot of dates with the CCL so it would be impossible to schedule trying to play both and complete the Liga Mx compacted season. They also play a Spring and Fall Copa Mx just like they do a Spring and Fall League so I think that probably limits the value as well. Not sure if one is more prestigious than the other.

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