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Liga MX 2021 Apertura: Updated results, standings in the race for liguilla playoff berths in Mexican soccer

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A total of 18 clubs began the Liga MX 2021 Apertura season with dreams of raising the league trophy in December. But first, it takes getting to the postseason: To do that, teams have to finish among the top 12 in the standings to advance to the postseason, or the liguilla, as it’s more popularly known.

What’s at stake: There will be plenty of jockeying for positions during the 17-game regular season. That’s because finishing in the top four places in the standings gives a team an automatic spot in the quarterfinals. The teams that finish No. 5 through No. 12 have to survive a single-elimination play-in game just to reach the quarters. The No. 13 through No. 18 teams are out of contention.

Why standings matter: Regular season standings also come into play during the playoff quarterfinal and semifinal series, which take place over two legs. The team with the most goals scored across both games advances. But if teams are tied on goals scored at the end of that second leg, the club that finished higher in the regular season standings will advance. That rule disappears for the final, where teams will head to extra time and a penalty kick shootout, if necessary.

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Here is the latest schedule and results in the Liga MX Apertura season, followed by the updated standings, which outline the race for playoff places and seeding.

Liga MX 2021: Schedule, Matchday 15

Date Match  
Fri, Oct. 22 Mazatlan 2, Queretaro 1 Highlights
Sat, Oct. 23 Puebla 0, Leon 1 Highlights
Sat, Oct. 23 Monterrey 0, Necaxa 1 Highlights
Sat, Oct. 23 Club America 1, Tigres UANL 0 Highlights
Sat, Oct. 23 Chivas 1, Cruz Azul 1 Highlights
Sun, Oct. 24 Pumas UNAM 3, Club Tijuana 1 Highlights
Sun, Oct. 24 San Luis 2, Atlas 6 Highlights
Sun, Oct. 24 Santos Laguna 2, Toluca 2 Highlights
Sun, Oct. 24 Pachuca 1, FC Juarez 1 Highlights

Liga MX 2021: Schedule, Matchday 16

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Streaming
Thurs, Oct. 28 Atlas vs. Club Tijuana 8 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Fri, Oct. 29 Necaxa vs. Mazatlan 8 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Fri, Oct. 29 FC Juarez vs. Puebla 10 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 30 Queretaro vs. Santos Laguna 6 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 30 Pachuca vs. Pumas UNAM 8 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 30 Tigres UANL vs. Chivas 10 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 31 Toluca vs. Leon 2 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 31 Cruz Azul vs. Club America 7 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 31 San Luis vs. Monterrey 9 p.m. TUDN fuboTV

Liga MX 2021 Apertura standings

The standings are based on points that teams collect points during the 17 games of the regular season: three points for a win, one for a draw and none in case of a loss. If teams are tied on points, the following tiebreakers are used in this specific order:

1. Superior goal difference
2. Most goals scored
3. Most goals scored on the road
4. Head-to-head matchups between the teams that are tied
5. Best placement in “quotient” standings (points per game over previous six seasons)
6. Fair Play standings (based on yellow and red cards received)
7. Random draw

With those tiebreakers in mind, here’s what the updated table looks like:

Apertura 2021 table

(PTS=Points, GP=Games Played, W=Wins, D=Draws, L=Losses, GF=Goals for, GA=Goals against, GD=Goal Difference)

Ranking Team PTS GP W D L GF GA GD
1. Club America 34 15 10 4 1 20 8 +12
2. Atlas 26 15 7 5 3 19 8 +11
3. Toluca 23 15 6 5 4 22 21 +1
4. Tigres UANL 22 15 5 7 3 21 13 +8
5. Leon 22 14 6 4 4 16 14 +2
6. Cruz Azul 20 14 4 8 2 16 11 +5
7. Monterrey 20 15 5 5 5 18 15 +3
8. Mazatlan 20 15 5 5 5 17 21 -4
9. Chivas Guadalajara 19 15 4 7 4 11 11 0
10. Puebla 18 15 4 6 5 13 16 -3
11. Santos Laguna 17 14 3 8 3 17 14 +3
12. Atletico San Luis 17 14 4 5 5 18 22 -4
13. Necaxa 17 15 5 2 8 14 18 -4
14. Pumas UNAM 17 14 4 5 5 12 16 -4
15. Pachuca 16 14 4 4 6 16 17 -1
16. FC Juarez 16 15 4 4 7 14 20 -6
17. Queretaro 15 15 3 6 6 9 14 -5
18. Club Tijuana 9 15 1 6 8 11 25 -14

How to watch Liga MX in the USA

  • TV channels: Univision, TUDN, UniMás, Telemundo, Universo, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes
  • Live stream: fuboTV, TUDN.tv, ESPN app, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fox Deportes app

The Liga MX 2021 Apertura season will be carried by four major U.S. broadcast outlets: Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo / Universo and Fox Deportes.

All these channels can be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial).

The matches can also be streamed with user authentication on the various alternate platforms offered by the networks: TUDN.tv, TelemundoDeportes.com and the apps for Telemundo Deportes, ESPN, TUDN and Fox Deportes.



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