First leg at Estadio Hidalgo, Wednesday, 9:30p.m. ET // Second leg at Estadio Corona, Saturday, 9:00p.m. ET // Expect more than a few goals between these two sides. Both teams relied on their attacking prowess to reach the last four. The key to this particular tie: maintaining the solidity necessary to survive those forays and underpin potential work on the break.
Santos Laguna: Darwin Quintero
Quintero thrives in the space created by Oribe Peralta's considerable presence in the middle. His darting runs offer a persistent threat on the break. If he can find space consistently over the two legs, then Santos will pose the sort of problems Pachuca will struggle to solve.
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Pachuca: Enner Valencia
Valencia claimed man-of-the-match honors on Sunday with his hat trick in the 4-2 victory over Pumas UNAM. His aggressive and lively work creates havoc for opposing rearguards. If he can take his chances reliably, then Pachuca possesses the necessary tools to pull the upset.
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(2) Toluca - (8) Club León
First leg at Nou Camp, Thursday, 9:06p.m. ET // Second leg at Estadio Nemesio Diez, Sunday, 1:00p.m. ET // Both teams prefer to operate in possession. The trick in this affair: finding the right tempo to establish dominance over the ball. Expect León to press the initiative as much as possible to unsettle a Toluca side usually more comfortable at a slower pace.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera
Talavera’s recent form offers a safeguard in case León finds a way through the usually dogged rearguard. The aspiring World Cup goalkeeper continues to produce fine saves. If he replicates that form, then the Red Devils will retain the solidity required to book a place in the final.
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Club León: Mauro Boselli
This tie will need to include a few goals to send León through to a second consecutive final. Boselli still represents the best chance of rounding off the opportunities created by Luis Montes (always a threat to score from midfield, as the decisive goal against Cruz Azul showed) and Carlos Peña.