Dallas Cup Supergroup Semi Finals set

The four semi-finalists (Photo: Dallas Cup)

The final day of the group stages for the Dallas Cup Gordon Jago Super Group was a cracker as the semi-finals line up was determined after Thursday’s matches.

The first match was effectively a quarter-final as Tigres took on Toronto FC at MoneyGram Park with the winner advancing to the semi-final. Things started well for the Mexican side as Luis Bonilla opened the scoring just four minutes in to the match. Toronto improved defensively but eventually Tigres was able to make their possession tell as Cruz Leal buried a chance in the 63rd minute to give Tigres the win.

The other match was a battle to avoid coming last as Red Bull Brasil took on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Cotton Bowl. The Germans took the lead but Red Bull Brasil fought back well and manage a 2-1 win to finish the group in second place, jumping above Toronto FC.

The second group to play in the day saw a thrilling finish to Bracket B as the top two teams finished tied on seven points. The main match saw Everton taking on CF Monterrey with both teams needing a win to have any hope of advancing to the next stage.

On the half hour mark Monterrey hit the lead after Daniel Lajud Martinez did well to keep hold of possession and hit a powerful strike across the goalkeeper and in to the back of the net. A penalty allowed Monterrey to double their lead after a foul from Nathan Moore, which allowed Jonathan Gonzalez to step up and bury the chance to make it 2-0 and boost their chances of advancing as Everton failed to get a goal back.

The match at MoneyGram Park saw FC Dallas take on Maccabi Haifa in a tight match, which was defensive for much of the match, the two teams heading to the half scoreless. On the hour mark FC Dallas finally broke through as Mark Salas buried the goal and saw them win through. Thanks to the 1-0 win FC Dallas advanced to the semi-finals, on goal difference, but they will be joined by CF Monterrey who advance as the best runner up.

The final matches of the day came in Bracket A with the main match seeing Cortiba and Manchester United battling in a match Manchester United had to win to advance. Things did not start well for the Red Devils as they gave away a free-kick goal in the 17th minute scored by Yuri Rocha. In the 33rd minute Mathew Olosunde was able to clean up a rebound to make it 1-1 going in to the half.

In the second half it was scoreless as the two teams physicality kept it tight and limited the scoring chances, making the match a 1-1 draw. That saw Cortiba anxiously watching for the result from MoneyGram Park where Chivas Guadalajara fought out a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake meaning Cortiba advanced to the semi-finals.


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