Replaced by a club not exactly famous, but well known – in the past.
Promotion-relegation is really a concern for the next season, and with that done – back to the current one. The quarter-finals between the top 2 teams of each sub-group. The main objection of such format is that: in a regular league the final table places every club to a place based on the earned points. In a league divided into subgroups teams with fewer points than others may advance. Which makes a mockery of their efforts and does not represent fully the stronger teams. Tampico finished second in Group 3 and advanced to the ¼ finals. Tampico finished with 35 points, earned in 38 matches. 11 wins, 13 ties, 14 losses, 53-55 goal-difference. Four clubs from other groups finished with better, some much better, records, but were out – Tampico finished with worse record than the entire Group 2, for instance. If it was 'classic' league, the top 8 teams would have been: America – 51 points, UNAM – 48, Toluca- 47, UAG – 46, UANL – 44, Cruz Azul – 43, U. de Guadalajara – 41, Atletico Espanol (as Necaxa was called at that time) – 41. Tampico would have been at 12 place. Yet... the Mexican format, following US league structure, does not differ all that much – only Atletico Espanol did not go ahead. And since it was just the first phase of the championship who was 9th or 15th hardly mattered: only the top 8 advanced and only the lowest two were concerned with relegation. Seven clubs would have advanced no matter which league system was used. And now, with direct eliminations, the regular season had no importance whatsoever – except for the decline of the Mexican Cup.
The ¼ finals: UANL – UAG 1-0 3-2
Cruz Azul – Toluca 1-0 2-2
U. de G. - UNAM 2-1 0-2
Tampico – America 2-2 1-1 4-2 – penalty shoot-out
Different logic in the cup-format – Tampico eliminated the strongest team in the regular season...
Semi-finals: Cruz Azul – UANL 1-0 0-3
Tampico – UNAM 2-1 0-4
Tampico was out, but UANL, hardly strong in the regular season, advanced to the final. UNAM was an usual suspect.
A feline final: UNAM Pumas vs UANL Tigres. Pumas vs Tigers. Tigers ruled in Monterrey – 2-0. In Mexico City they had enough claws for 1-1 tie. And Tigres won the championship.