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2023 Liga MX Apertura play-in: confirmed teams, dates and format

With the conclusion of the 2023 Apertura season, ten teams advance in the competition with the new play-in round deciding what two teams progress to the Liguilla.

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 Jefferson Intriago celebrates his goal 1-0 of Mazatlan during the game Mazatlan FC vs Toluca, corresponding to Round 17 of the Torneo Apertura 2023 of the Liga BBVA MX, at El Encanto Stadium, on November 10, 2023. 

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Jefferson Intriago celebra su gol 1-0 de Mazatlan durante el partido Mazatlan FC vs Toluca, correspondiente a la Jornada 17 del Torneo Apertura 2023 de la Liga BBVA MX, en el Estadio El Encanto, el 10 de Noviembre de 2023
Carlos Lopez

Sunday night saw the curtain come down on the 2023 Liga MX Apertura season with all sides completing their seventeen games of the season.

America's Sebastian Caceres (R) fights for the ball with Tigres' Fernando Gorriaran
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America's Sebastian Caceres (R) fights for the ball with Tigres' Fernando Gorriaran JULIO CESAR AGUILARAFP

A place in the top ten was the minimum requirement to keep the season alive as the top six teams progress automatically to the Liguilla with America, Monterrey, Tigres, Pumas, Chivas and Puebla securing top six places.

The 2023 Apertura will see for the first time a new play-in format to see what other two teams progress to the quarterfinals with the structure inspired on the model recently employed by the NBA.

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Play-in fixtures

Seventh placed San Luis now face Leon with the winner sealing their place in the quarter-finals. The loser of that fixture then hosts the winner of the meeting between the ninth (Santos Laguna) and 10th-place (Mazatlan) for the final last-eight berth.

Play-in dates

There will be no domestic action this week due to the international break and although Liga MX has not confirmed the definitive match dates and times, everything seems to indicate that the games Atlético San Luis vs León and Santos Laguna vs Mazatlán will be played on Thursday, 23 November.

The third match of the play-in will probably be held on Sunday the 26th of the same week.

Liguilla quarter-final fixtures

Club América vs play-in team
Rayados vs play-in team
Tigres vs Club Puebla 
Pumas vs Chivas