A total of 18 clubs start the Liga MX 2021 Apertura season with the dream of lifting the league trophy in December. But first, you need to get to the postseason: To do that, teams must finish in the top 12 in the standings to advance to the postseason, or the league, as it is popularly known.
There will be a lot of position dribbling during the 17-game regular season. That’s because finishing in the top four of the standings gives the team an automatic spot in the quarterfinals. Teams that finish from No. 5 to No. 12 have to survive a single elimination game to reach the quarterfinals.
The regular season standings also come into play during the playoff quarterfinal and semifinal series, which are played over two games. The team with the most goals scored in both games advances. But if the teams are tied for goals scored at the end of that second leg, the club that finished highest in the regular season standings will advance. That rule disappears for the final, where teams will head to extra time and penalty shootouts, if necessary.
These are the latest results of the Liga MX Apertura season, followed by the updated standings, which outlines the race for playoff spots and qualification.
Liga MX 2021: Results, Matchday 1
|Date||Matches||Time (ET)||TV channels||Stream|
|Thursday July 22||Queretaro 0, Club America 0||Highilghts|
|Friday July 23||Necaxa vs. Santos Laguna||8 p. M.||TUDN||fuboTV, TUDN.tv|
|Friday July 23||FC Juarez vs. Toluca||10 p. M.||TUDN||fuboTV, TUDN.tv|
|Saturday July 24||Pachuca vs. Lion||5 p. M.||TUDN||fuboTV, TUDN.tv|
|Saturday July 24||Chivas vs. Atletico San Luis||10 p. M.||Telemundo, Universe||fuboTV, TelemundoDeportes.com|
|Sunday July 25||Pumas UNAM vs. Atlas||1 p. M.||Univision, TUDN||fuboTV, TUDN.tv|
|Sunday July 25||Monterrey vs. Puebla||8 p. M.||FOX Sports||fuboTV, FOX Sports|
|Sunday July 25||Club Tijuana vs. UANL Tigers||10 p. M.||FOX Sports||fuboTV, TelemundoDeportes.com|
|Mon, July 26||Cruz Azul vs. Mazatlan||9 p. M.||TUDN||fuboTV, TUDN.tv|
Liga MX 2021 Apertura Standings
The classification is based on the points that the teams accumulate during the 17 games of the regular season: three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. If teams are tied on points, the following tiebreakers are used in this specific order:
1. Higher goal difference
2. More goals scored
3. More goals scored away from home
4. Head-to-head duels between tied teams
5. Best “quotient” rankings (points per game for the previous six seasons)
6. Fair Play Classification (based on yellow and red cards received)
7. Random draw
With those tiebreaks in mind, here’s what the updated table looks like:
Opening Table 2021
(PTS = Points, GP = Games Played, W = Wins, D = Draws, L = Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, GD = Goal Difference)
|Four.||Atletico San Luis||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
How to watch Liga MX in the USA
- TV channels: Univision, TUDN, UniMás, Telemundo, Universo, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes
- Live broadcast: fuboTV, TUDN.tv, ESPN application, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fox Deportes application
The Liga MX 2021 Apertura season will be broadcast by four major US broadcast media: Univision TUDN and UniMas networks, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo / Universo, and Fox Deportes.
All these channels can be broadcast on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
The games can also be transmitted with user authentication on the different alternative platforms offered by the networks: TUDN.tv, TelemundoDeportes.com and the applications for Telemundo Deportes, ESPN, TUDN and Fox Deportes.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.