Walter Gaitan disputes the ball with Guillermo Franco in the last edition of the “Clásico Regiomontano” which Monterrey won 2-1. Tomorrow and Saturday, the two teams meet again, this time in the semifinal. Monterrey has not lost in the last 15 games and has won a record 7 straight away games. Tigres qualified to the playoffs undeservedly (Chiapas had 3 points taken away due to a rule) but came back from a 3-1 defeat at home in the first game of the semifinal to beat top ranked America 4-1 in their own Azteca stadium. The last (and only other) time the two teams met in playoffs was 2003. Monterrey won the semifinal 5-3 (global) and later won the final to become champions after 17 years.
[Update 12/7/2005] Tigres wins 1-0 the first game. Monterrey now has to win at home in order to make it to the final.