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America and Cruz Azul's Apertura first-leg battle sets stage for dramatic finale on Sunday

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico City rivals Club America and Cruz Azul tied 0-0 in Estadio Azteca on Thursday in the first leg of the Liga MX's 2018 Apertura final. The second leg will be in the same venue on Sunday. Here are three thoughts from the match.

1. Marchesin comes up big for Club America

The story of the 2018 Apertura title may only have a maximum of 120 minutes left to go, but there will be more twists and turns than we saw on Thursday.

Perhaps the main lesson from the first leg of this final...

America and Cruz Azul finish goalless in physical Apertura final first leg

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America and Cruz Azul played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Liga MX Apertura final at Estadio Azteca on Thursday night.

The two teams felt eachother out in slow-paced first half that finished in a goalless draw, with Cruz Azul coming closest to scoring early on when Julio Dominguez forced a fine save from Club America keeper Agustin Marchesin.

America, which last won the Liga MX title in the 2014 Apertura, nearly had its first at the start of the second half, but Mateus Uribe's shot from...

Chivas can make good on lost 2018 by setting up Club World Cup date with Real Madrid

Walter Sandoval reacts during Chivas' Liga MX match against Morelia.
After winning the CONCACAF Champions League this spring, little has gone right for Chivas.

After winning the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League in April, things have gone downhill for Chivas.

Despite the unexpected success on the international stage, Los Rojiblancos were struggling at home in Liga MX. Less than a week after lifting the CCL trophy, Chivas stumbled to a 2-0 loss in their final match of the 2018 Clausura, thereby securing 17th place in the league table.

Painful changes soon followed over the summer.

Matias Almeyda, a much-loved manager who had at one point revived the...

Mexicans in Europe: Hirving Lozano's solid Champions League run comes to an end

Despite the last place finish, Hirving Lozano finished his debut European campaign with two scores and an assist.

With the return of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, a number of Mexico's most prominent players have had the opportunity to gain highly valuable minutes during the recent mid-week matches. In case you missed any of the games, here's a quick rundown on how each of the players fared in the European competitions.

Hirving Lozano -- PSV Eindhoven (UEFA Champions League)

Tottenham have plenty to thank Lozano for. Following the lone goal from the Mexican in PSV's surprising 1-1 away draw with...

What you need to know about 2018 Liga MX Apertura finalists Club America

Club America has 12 league titles, a record equaled only by Chivas. The Mexico City side seeks to make it a lucky 13 against Cruz Azul.

With Club America set take on Cruz Azul in the final of the 2018 Liga MX Apertura, Eric Gomez breaks down Las Aguilas.

MEXICO CITY -- Only a few weeks ago, the thought of Club America making the final (and in such a convincing fashion) was somewhat of a pipe dream. Despite the overall solidity of their regular campaign, fans were unimpressed by the team's lack of a killer forward, its general inability to beat top teams and Miguel Herrera's tendency to drop back after grabbing a lead.

However, the...