GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- A sensational first-half hat trick from Marco Fabian sent Chivas to the semifinals of the Liga MX Clausura, following a 4-1 win in the quarterfinal second leg against city rivals Atlas.
Chivas, who fought relegation for most of the season, ran out comfortable 4-1 aggregate winners in a game that was suspended for 15 minutes in the second half when about 30 Atlas fans poured onto the pitch at the Estadio Jalisco.
Here are three takes from a special evening for Chivas.
The Clausura Liguilla kicked off with two wins and two draws for the lower seeds, who hosted the first legs of the quarterfinals.
Every squad still has a fighting chance, and some favorites are in danger of upset. Now each have just 90 more minutes to make a case for themselves for a spot at the semifinals of the Liguilla.
Here are five things to watch for this weekend.
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GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- "Cold War," ran the headline on one local Guadalajara newspaper, accompanied by the beaming faces of Atlas coach Tomas Boy and Chivas' Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre.
While both head coaches were respectful and paid compliments to the other in press conferences ahead of the Clasico Tapatio quarterfinal first leg between their two sides on Thursday, once Guadalajara rivals Chivas and Atlas kick off inside the Estadio Omnilife, any cold element of the battle will be erased....