The 15 weirdest, most absurd Liga MX moments of the Clausura 2023

Time for a recap.

After 17 riveting matchweeks, the regular phase of the Clausura 2023 is over. Teams are now getting ready for the playoffs, but while we wait, we decided to look back and bring back the memories of an unforgettable tournament.

FYI, though, do not expect goals or new tactical theories coming from our fields. We are here to show moments that make Liga MX that imperfect tournament you adore. 

The18's UEFA Champions League semifinal predictions

Our 2023 UEFA Champions League semifinal predictions are coming in hot with certified locks for a rematch of last year's instant classic between Real Madrid-Manchester City and a historic Derby della Madonnina between rivals Inter and AC Milan.

Who will contest the final on June 10 at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul? Let's turn to our collection of Nostradamus-minded folks to find out.

UEFA Champions League semifinal predictions 2023

Real Madrid vs. Manchester City

Cinco cosas que dejó el empate entre México y Estados Unidos

Ya está. A los libros va otro partido en que México no pudo ganarle a Estados Unidos. El quinto consecutivo.  

Sí, el Tri estuvo cerca, a un pelo. Sin embargo, los casi no valen en el fútbol. No alcanzan. 

Sabemos también que la vida sigue, que para qué llorar sobre la leche derramada, pero antes de ir para adelante es bueno quizás compartir  ideas que quedaron dando vueltas después de lo que se vió en el Clásico Continental de Glendale, Arizona.

Ni en los moleros: El momento exacto en que México perdió la chance de volver a ganarle a Estados Unidos

México no puede con Estados Unidos. Ni en la Nations League, ni en la Copa Oro, ni en Eliminatorias ni en los amistosos moleros.

El Tri empató con el USMNT en Glendale, Arizona, y extendió a cinco el número de partidos en que no puede vencer a su más enconado rival. La última vez que lo hizo fue el 6 de septiembre de 2019, en tiempos donde la humanidad ni siquiera sabía de la existencia del COVID.

Qué tiempos aquellos.

La alineación con que México busca acabar su mala racha ante Estados Unidos

Se acabó el cabeceo con la pizarra. Diego Cocca tendría definida la alineación de México para su amistoso contra Estados Unidos, a jugarse este miércoles 19 de abril en Glendale, Arizona.

Etiquetado como "Clásico Continental", el partido es el primero de Cocca al mando del Tri y el primero de al menos dos que jugarán ambas selecciones este 2023.

¡Sí era penal! Huge penalty not called on Chucky Lozano as Napoli exit the Champions League

AC Milan are in the Champions League semifinals after drawing Napoli 1-1 (for a 2-1 in aggregate) in the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The Rossoneri will play this stage for the first time since the 2006-07 season, but the history could have been completely different if referee Szymon Marciniak and VAR had not looked to the other side in a clear penalty not called on Mexican winger Hirving "Chucky" Lozano. 

I get that it could have been difficult to see it in real-time, but what were they doing at VAR? Watching Looney Tunes?

The neck and neck goalscoring battle between Ricardo Pepi and Santi Giménez in the Eredivisie

The spicy rivalry between the USMNT and México is having a remarkable round in the 2022-23 Eredivisie as strikers Ricardo Pepi and Santiago Giménez battle neck and neck among the division's top scorers. After 29 games, both have netted 11 goals and are just three behind Xavi Simmons (PSV) and Anastasios Douvikas (FC Utrecht), who currently lead the race with 14 each.

Although the realities of their teams are extremely different, Pepi and Giménez are not giving space to each other with both finding the net again this weekend.

Arteta asks Arsenal players to "finish the job" in tight Premier League title race

Arsenal's players must pull out all the stops and "finish the job" if they hope to fend off rivals Manchester City and win the club's first Premier League title since 2004, manager Mikel Arteta said ahead of Sunday's trip to West Ham United.

The leaders' seven-match winning run in the league allowed them to maintain their lead over second-placed City, but a 2-2 draw at Liverpool last weekend has given their pursuers a chance to ratchet up the pressure on the Londoners.

La convocatoria de México para enfrentar a Estados Unidos – Hay seis caras nuevas

Habemus convocatoria de México para el partido amistoso versus Estados Unidos, programado para el próximo 19 de abril en Glendale, Arizona.

Philadelphia Union stun Atlas to reach Champions League semifinals

Julián Carranza's second goal of the night, in the 78th minute, lifted the Philadelphia Union to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Atlas on Wednesday in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the conclusion of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.

The Union escaped with a 2-2 draw in Mexico after beating Atlas 1-0 in Chester, PA, on April 4 in the two-game, total-goal series. Philadelphia moves on to a semifinal series against Los Angeles FC, with the first leg scheduled for the last week of April and the second legs due to be played in the first week of May.