Liga MX 2021 Apertura: Updated results, standings in the race for liguilla playoff berths in Mexican soccer

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A total of 18 clubs began the Liga MX 2021 Apertura season with dreams of raising the league trophy in December. But first, it takes getting to the postseason: To do that, teams have to finish among the top 12 in the standings to advance to the postseason, or the liguiilla, as it’s more popularly known.

What’s at stake: There will be plenty of jockeying for positions during the 17-game regular season. That’s because finishing in the top four places in the standings gives a team an automatic spot in the quarterfinals. The teams that finish No. 5 through No. 12 have to survive a single-elimination play-in game just to reach the quarters. The No. 13 through No. 18 teams are out of contention.

Why standings matter: Regular season standings also come into play during the playoff quarterfinal and semifinal series, which take place over two legs. The team with the most goals scored across both games advances. But if teams are tied on goals scored at the end of that second leg, the club that finished higher in the regular season standings will advance. That rule disappears for the final, where teams will head to extra time and a penalty kick shootout, if necessary.

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Here are the latest schedule and results in the Liga MX Apertura season, followed by the updated standings, which outline the race for playoff places and seeding.

Liga MX 2021: Schedule, Matchday 13

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Streaming
Thurs, Oct. 14 Queretaro 1, Club Tijuana 1   Highlights  
Fri, Oct. 15 Necaxa 0, Puebla 1   Highlights  
Fri, Oct. 15 Mazatlan 1, Atlas 0   Highlights  
Sat, Oct. 16 Monterrey vs. Leon 6 p.m. ESPN Deportes fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 16 San Luis vs. Club America 8 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 16 Pachuca vs. Santos Laguna 8 p.m. TUDN.tv
Sat, Oct. 16 Cruz Azul vs. Tigres UANL  10 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 17 Pumas UNAM vs. FC Juarez 1 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 17 Chivas vs. Toluca 6 p.m. Telemundo fuboTV

Liga MX 2021: Schedule, Matchday 14

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Streaming
Tues, Sept. 21 FC Juarez 1, San Luis 0   Highlights  
Tues, Oct. 19 Queretaro vs. Monterrey 6 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Tues, Oct. 19 Puebla vs. Mazatlan 8 p.m. TUDN.tv
Tues, Oct. 19 Club America vs. Santos Laguna 8 p.m. UniMas, TUDN fuboTV
Tues, Oct. 19 Atlas vs. Cruz Azul 10 p.m. UniMas, TUDN fuboTV
Wed, Oct. 20 Toluca vs. Necaxa 8 p.m. TUDN.tv
Wed, Oct. 20 Leon vs. Pumas UNAM 8 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Wed, Oct. 20 Tigres UANL vs. Pachuca 10 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Wed, Oct. 20 Club Tijuana vs. Chivas 10 p.m. FS1, Fox Deportes fuboTV

Liga MX 2021: Schedule, Matchday 15

Date Match Time (ET) TV Channels Streaming
Fri, Oct. 22 Mazatlan vs. Queretaro 10 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 23 Puebla vs. Leon 6 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 23 Monterrey vs. Necaxa 6 p.m. TBD fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 23 Club America vs. Tigres UANL 8 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sat, Oct. 23 Chivas vs. Cruz Azul 10 p.m. Telemundo, Universo fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 24 Pumas UNAM vs. Club Tijuana 1 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 24 San Luis vs. Atlas 8 p.m. TUDN fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 24 Santos Laguna vs. Toluca 8 p.m. TBD fuboTV
Sun, Oct. 24 Pachuca vs. FC Juarez 10 p.m. TUDN fuboTV

Liga MX 2021 Apertura standings

The standings are based on points that teams collect points during the 17 games of the regular season: three points for a win, one for a draw and none in case of a loss. If teams are tied on points, the following tiebreakers are used in this specific order:

1. Superior goal difference
2. Most goals scored
3. Most goals scored on the road
4. Head-to-head matchups between the teams that are tied
5. Best placement in “quotient” standings (points per game over previous six seasons)
6. Fair Play standings (based on yellow and red cards received)
7. Random draw

With those tiebreakers in mind, here’s what the updated table looks like:

Apertura 2021 table

(PTS=Points, GP=Games Played, W=Wins, D=Draws, L=Losses, GF=Goals for, GA=Goals against, GD=Goal Difference)

Ranking Team PTS GP W D L GF GA GD
1. Club America 25 12 7 4 1 16 7 +9
2. Atlas 22 13 6 4 3 13 6 +7
3. Toluca 21 12 6 3 3 19 16 +3
4. Monterrey 20 12 5 5 2 18 12 +6
5. Tigres UANL 18 12 4 6 2 17 11 +6
6. Cruz Azul 17 11 4 5 2 14 9 +5
7. Atletico San Luis 17 12 4 5 3 16 15 +1
8. Mazatlan 17 13 4 5 4 15 18 -3
9. Leon 16 11 4 4 3 13 12 +1
10. Santos Laguna 15 11 3 6 2 13 9 +4
11. Puebla 15 13 3 6 4 11 15 -4
12. FC Juarez 15 13 4 3 6 13 18 -5
13. Pachuca 14 11 4 2 5 14 12 +2
14. Chivas Guadalajara 14 12 3 5 4 8 10 -2
15. Necaxa 13 13 4 1 8 12 17 -5
16. Queretaro 12 13 2 6 5 7 12 -5
17. Pumas UNAM 8 11 1 5 5 6 14 -8
18. Club Tijuana 8 13 1 5 7 10 22 -12

How to watch Liga MX in the USA

  • TV channels: Univision, TUDN, UniMás, Telemundo, Universo, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes
  • Live stream: fuboTV, TUDN.tv, ESPN app, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fox Deportes app

The Liga MX 2021 Apertura season will be carried by four major U.S. broadcast outlets: Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo / Universo and Fox Deportes.

All these channels can be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial).

The matches can also be streamed with user authentication on the various alternate platforms offered by the networks: TUDN.tv, TelemundoDeportes.com and the apps for Telemundo Deportes, ESPN, TUDN and Fox Deportes.





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