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Apertura 2015 Week 7: Where to Watch

liga mxJornada 7 of the Liga MX Apertura 2015: who’s playing who? When? And on what channel? All the info you need to catch all the games you’re interested in.

All times Eastern, home team listed first.

Jornada 7

Friday, August 28
Veracruz vs Monterrey – 8:30 PM – Univision Deportes / Online
Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM – 10:30 PM – Azteca America

Saturday, August 29
Cruz Azul vs América – 6:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes / Online
Tigres UANL vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes / Online
Pachuca vs Atlas – 9:06 PM – Telemundo / NBC Universo / Online
Monarcas Morelia vs Tijuana – 9:30 PM – Azteca America
Dorados de Sinaloa vs Puebla – 10:00 PM

Sunday, August 30
Toluca vs León – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes / Online
Chivas de Guadalajara vs Jaguares de Chiapas – 6:30 PM – Unimás / Univision Deportes / Online

Referees Robbed During Match between Dorados and Puebla

liga mxLiga MX reported that during the Jornada 7 game between Dorados de Sinaloa and Puebla on Saturday night, there was a robbery in the referees’ dressing room.

The theft was discovered at the end of the game, when the referee crew realized their personal belongings, including cellphones and tablets, were missing. The officials – Luis Enrique Santander, José Santana Martínez, Telly Salvador Saldivar, and Adonai Escobedo – reported the theft to stadium security, who were able to recover their belongings and arrest those responsible.

At the end of the press release regarding the theft, Liga MX reiterated their commitment to “fair play on and off the field”.

Marc Crosas to Miss Remainder of Apertura 2015

red crossCruz Azul midfielder Marc Crosas will be sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Cruz Azul’s loss to América on Saturday.

Crosas suffered the injury in the 65th minute of the game while he was contesting for the ball with Rubens Sambueza. He was taken directly to the hospital, where an MRI confirmed the ACL tear.

Alfonso Jiménez, Cruz Azul’s head of medical services, reported that Crosas will be out of action for approximately six months.

The 27-year-old had featured in all seven of Cruz Azul’s league games this season after arriving from Leones Negros in the offseason.

Dorados de Sinaloa vs Puebla – Jornada 7 Recap and Highlights

dorados pueblaDorados de Sinaloa snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Puebla on Saturday night. The win lifts Dorados out of last place in the relegation standings and leaves Puebla still looking for their first point on the road this season.

Dorados were looking for their first home win of the season, and they pressured Puebla from the opening whistle in this early relegation six-pointer. Sinaloa had the first good chance of the game through Roberto Nurse, who was unable to capitalize on a one-on-one opportunity against Cristian Campestrini.

Puebla responded with a chance of their own just before halftime, when Luis Gabriel Rey and Flavio Santos combined well in the 43rd minute, only for Luis Michel to make the save.

The game remained goalless until late in the second half, despite Dorados’ increased pressure. Puebla spent a good deal of the half in their own defensive third, but Sinaloa couldn’t find the breakthrough until Carlos Bustos made what looked to be an inspired substitution.

Christian Suárez entered the game in the 78th minute and scored the game-winner in the 81st when he side-footed the ball into the net following a corner kick. Fellow substitute Raúl Enríquez nodded the ball on for Suárez, who made no mistake with his finish.

Dorados were able to hold on to secure their first home victory of the season in front of their enthusiastic fans, while Puebla has now slumped to a second consecutive road loss.

With the 1-0 win, Dorados reach eight points while Puebla remains on 12.

Highlights

Lineups

Dorados: Luis Ernesto Michel, Néstor Vidrio, Jesús Chávez, Jonathan Lacerda, Daniel Arreola (Christian Suárez 78′), Giovani Hernández (Guillermo Rojas 54′), Fernando Arce, Segundo Castillo, Walter Ayoví, Martín Bravo (Raúl Enríquez 65′), Roberto Nurse.

Puebla: Cristian Campestrini, Robert Herrera, Óscar Rojas, Patricio Araujo, Carlos Gutiérrez, Flavio Santos (Isaác Díaz 78′), Luis Robles, Francisco Torres, Christian Bermúdez, Matías Alustiza (Mario de Luna 79′), Luis Gabriel Rey (Ezequiel Rescaldani 79′). 

Monarcas Morelia vs Tijuana – Jornada 7 Recap and Highlights

morelia tijuanaTijuana extended their road winning streak to five games in all competitions with a come-from-behind 1-2 victory over Monarcas Morelia. The michoacanos have now lost four straight and have been dragged back into the heart of the relegation fight after a promising start to the season.

The visitors started the game off better, seizing the ball from the opening whistle and looking to break down Morelia’s defense. However, Monarcas stood strong through the early pressure and then began to create chances of their own through Jefferson Cuero, Pablo Velázquez, and Rodolfo Salinas.

The breakthrough didn’t come until the second half, however, when Cristian Pellerano made it 1-0 for the home team in the 59th minute with a shot from outside the box.

Tijuana reacted almost immediately to falling behind, and in the 61st minute the Xolos had the equalizer. Captain Javier Gandolfi headed home a cross from Juan Arango to beat former teammate Cirilo Saucedo and make it 1-1.

The draw wasn’t enough to content Tijuana, though, and the Xolos kept pressing. In the 68th minute, Henry Martín stole the ball from Enrique Pérez and sent a diagonal shot past Saucedo to give the visitors the 1-2 lead.

Tijuana’s confidence only grew after they took the lead, and Morelia was unable to fight back for even a point despite the quick substitutions employed by Enrique Meza after his team fell behind.

With the 1-2 win, Tijuana reaches nine points while Morelia remains on nine.

Highlights

Lineups

Morelia: Cirilo Saucedo, Ignacio González (Armando Zamorano 72′), Enrique Pérez, Marco Torsiglieri, Facundo Erpen, José Antonio Olvera, Juan Pablo Rodríguez (Miguel Ángel Sansores 71′), Cristian Pellerano, Jefferson Cuero, Dieter Villalpando (Mauro Cejas 77′), Pablo Velázquez.

Tijuana: Federico Vilar, Rodrigo Salinas (José Madueña 63′), Leiton Jiménez, Javier Gandolfi, Michael Orozco, Juan Carlos Núñez, Juan Arango (Carlos Guzmán 82′), Diego de Buen, José María Cárdenas (Gabriel Hauche 70′), Dayro Moreno, Henry Martín. 

Pachuca vs Atlas – Jornada 7 Recap and Highlights

pachuca atlas1It was far from a commanding performance, but Pachuca snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw against 10-man Atlas. The Tuzos had a man advantage for sixty minutes and yet they trailed Atlas until the 89th.

Handicapped by the team-imposed suspension of Ariel Nahuelpán – who was involved in nine of the 10 goals Pachuca scored before tonight – for “indiscipline”, the home team was severely lacking in creativity in the final third.

The Tuzos were desperate not to go into the international break on the back of a five-game losing streak and they tried to take the initiative here. When card magnet Walter Kannemann picked up his second yellow card of the night and the subsequent red in the 30th minute, it seemed like Pachuca had a golden opportunity to end their losing streak.

Instead, in the 42nd minute, 10-man Atlas took the lead. The Rojinegros seized on the opportunity provided by a set piece, with defender and captain Felipe Baloy heading home a corner kick to make it 0-1 for the visitors.

Pachuca pressed forward with more heart than skill in the second half, and their performance while up a man at home was not an inspiring one. The Tuzos got off shot after shot – mostly wayward – and earned corner kick after corner kick with no result. As time wore down, the air of desperation became increasingly palpable in the Estadio Hidalgo.

The Tuzos had the ball in the back of the net in the 70th minute, but the would-be goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Atlas, who had defended valiantly, looked sure to take all three points.

And then, in the 89th minute, Pachuca earned yet another corner kick. Defender and captain Aquivaldo Mosquera, who last scored in a league match while playing for América in 2011, found himself unmarked in the area and his header beat Miguel Fraga to tie the game at 1-1.

Pachuca then had to endure a nervy five minutes of stoppage time while Atlas pressed forward in a late attempt to regain the lead. In the end, the Tuzos did just enough to end their losing streak in a game that they made much more difficult than it needed to be.

With the 1-1 draw, Pachuca and Atlas both reach seven points.

Highlights

Lineups

Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Joaquín Martínez, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Miguel Herrera, Osvaldo Rodríguez (Guillermo Martínez 61′), Hirving Lozano, Jorge Hernández (Hugo Rodríguez 82′), Rodolfo Pizarro, Erick Gutiérrez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Cristian Penilla 65′), Rubén Botta. 

Atlas: Miguel Ángel Fraga, Giovanni León, Felipe Baloy, Walter Kannemann, Carlos Arreola, Rodolfo Salinas, Aldo Leao, Rodolfo Vilchis (Daniel Álvarez 56′), Franco Arizala, Christian Tabó (Arturo González 73′), Gonzalo Bergessio (Juan Carlos Valenzuela 54′).

Tigres UANL vs Querétaro – Jornada 7 Recap and Highlights

tigres queretaro2Tigres UANL extended their winning streak to three games with a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of Querétaro. The loss ends the Gallos Blancos’ two-game unbeaten streak and leaves them winless in three on the road.

Jesús Dueñas opened the scoring for the universitarios in the 18th minute, when he brought the ball down on his chest and fired a volley past Tiago Volpi from the top of the box.

Querétaro would quickly respond through league-leading goalscorer Emanuel Villa, who netted his 8th goal of the season in the 20th minute thanks to a mistake by Nahuel Guzmán, who played a backpass directly into Villa’s feet.

However, the score would not be level for long. Tigres exploded for three goals in five minutes to put the game to bed by the half-hour mark.

Guido Pizarro restored Tigres’ lead in the 25th minute when he got through Querétaro’s defense and around Volpi to slide the ball into the empty net. André-Pierre Gignac would make it 3-1 just two minutes later when he fired home from the top of the box, and then Rafael Sobis would put the game completely out of reach for the visitors when he finished off a rebound in the 30th.

After that goal-scoring flurry, Tigres wouldn’t score again until the 87th minute. Substitute Joffre Guerrón put the cherry on top of the victory fifteen minutes after he entered the game when he tapped home a pass from Édgar Gerardo Lugo from within the six-yard box.

With the 5-1 win, Tigres reach 10 points while Querétaro remains on eight.

Highlights

Lineups

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jorge Torres Nilo, José Arturo Rivas, Juninho, Israel Jiménez, Javier Aquino (Damián Álvarez 65′), Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Jürgen Damm (Joffre Guerrón 73′), André-Pierre Gignac (Édgar Gerardo Lugo 80′), Rafael Sobis. 

Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Jonathan Bornstein, Dionicio Escalante, Miguel Ángel Martínez, George Corral, William da Silva (Édgar Benítez 62′), Wilson Tiago, Danilinho (Luis Noriega 70′), Yerson Candelo, Emanuel Villa, Orbelín Pineda (Mario Osuna 39′). 

Cruz Azul vs América – Jornada 7 Recap and Highlights

cruz azul americaAmérica extended their winning streak to five games with a 0-2 victory over Cruz Azul in the Apertura 2015 edition of the Clásico Joven. This was América’s first victory in the Estadio Azul since 2009, while La Máquina has now suffered back-to-back home losses.

América took control of the ball from the beginning, but it would be Cruz Azul who had the first dangerous chance of the game. In the 14th minute, Vicente Matías Vuoso played a great ball in for Rafael Baca, but he was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.

América had a a chance of their own minutes later, but Jesús Corona was able to send Paul Aguilar’s shot out for a corner kick. It wasn’t until the second half that the Águilas were able to take the lead.

In the 47th minute, Osvaldo Martínez sent a great ball to Paul Aguilar, who sent it on for Oribe Peralta to head home. That goal brought Cruz Azul to life as La Máquina looked to respond. Sergio Bueno turned to his bench and introduced Chaco Giménez, Jorge Benítez and Fernando Belluschi, who was making his debut with Cruz Azul.

However, none of the substitutes was able to affect the final outcome of the game. América forced Corona into several saves as he kept the deficit at one. However, he could only keep Cruz Azul in the game for so long.

In the 75th minute, Osvaldo Martínez played Darío Benedetto in behind the defense. The Argentinian cut around Jesús Corona and sent his low shot into the back of the net from the top of the box.

With the 0-2 win, América reaches 15 points while Cruz Azul remains on six.

Highlights

Lineups

Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Richard Ruiz, Francisco Rodríguez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Fausto Pinto (Fernando Belluschi 61′), Fábio Santos, Lucas Silva (Christian Giménez 54′), Rafael Baca, Marc Crosas (Jorge Daniel Benítez 65′), Joao Rojas, Vicente Matías Vuoso. 

América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Javier Güemez, Osvaldo Martínez (José Daniel Guerrero 84′), Rubens Sambueza, Andrés Andrade (Carlos Darwin Quintero 78′), Oribe Peralta, Darío Benedetto (Michael Arroyo 75′). 

Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM – Jornada 7 Recap and Highlights

santos pumasSantos Laguna remained rooted to the bottom of the table after suffering a 3-4 loss to Pumas UNAM on Friday night, their fourth home loss of the season. The universitarios, meanwhile, have jumped into first place pending the rest of this weekend’s results.

The game started off promisingly for Santos, who took the lead in just the 9th minute through Javier Orozco following a corner kick. But Pumas wasn’t rattled by falling behind early on, and they soon found the equalizer following a corner kick of their own. In the 27th minute, Matías Britos headed the ball past Agustín Marchesín to make it 1-1.

Santos reacted almost immediately. In the 29th minute, Andrés Rentería finished off the rebound from a blocked Javier Orozco shot to restore the Laguneros’ lead. The flood of goals didn’t end there: in the 31st, Pumas UNAM equalized once again.

Pumas sent a long free kick into the box that Santos was unable to clear. Eduardo Herrera didn’t make great contact with it, but it was enough to beat Marchesín and make the score 2-2.

Then, just moments before halftime, the visitors took the lead for the first time tonight. Ismael Sosa sent the ball into the box and Fidel Martínez headed it home to give Pumas the 2-3 lead.

Santos threw numbers forward in the second half and they managed to equalize in the 64th after Alejandro “Pikolín” Palacios came off his line badly, clearing the ball only as far as the six-yard box, and Néstor Araujo was there to make it 3-3.

Ismael Sosa would definitively restore Pumas’s lead in the 77th minute, however, after he sent a low shot past an onrushing Marchesín to make it 3-4.

Pumas spent the final stretch of the game trying to slow things down, as Santos had taken possession of the ball and was desperate to at least earn a draw.

A head injury to Gerardo Alcoba and an injury to Palacios that led to substitute goalkeeper Alfredo Saldívar entering the match interrupted the flow of the game, however, and Santos couldn’t do anything with their possession.

With the 3-4 win, Pumas reach 15 points while Santos remains on four.

Highlights

Lineups

Santos: Agustín Marchesín, José Javier Abella, Néstor Araujo, Carlos Izquierdoz, Adrián Aldrete (César Ibáñez 41′), Diego Hernán González (Sergio Ceballos 69′), Jesús Molina, Andrés Rentería, Néstor Calderón, Djaniny Tavares, Javier Orozco (Luis Mendoza 78′).

Pumas: Alejandro Palacios (Alfredo Saldívar 86′), Josécarlos Van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Javier Cortés, Alejandro Castro, Ismael Sosa, Matías Britos (Silvio Torales 89′), Fidel Martínez (Daniel Ludueña 68′), Eduardo Herrera. 

Veracruz vs Monterrey – Jornada 7 Recap and Highlights

veracruz monterreyVeracruz came from behind to defeat Monterrey 2-1 and remain unbeaten at home this season, while Monterrey imploded in the second half and finished the game with just nine men on the field.

The game started off well for the visitors, who took the lead in the 13th minute. Monterrey hit the post and then kept the ball alive, with Rogelio Funes Mori eventually sending a powerful right-footed shot past Sergio García to make it 0-1.

The Tiburones Rojos reacted quickly to falling behind, and after a few good attempts they found the equalizer. In the 25th minute, Juan Ángel Albín sent his left-footed shot past Jona Orozco from an incredibly acute angle to level the match at 1-1.

Veracruz kept the pressure on after the equalizer, and for the rest of the half they looked more likely to take the lead. Tempers flared at the end of the half, with both Edwin Cardona and Sergio García receiving yellow cards that could have been reds; Cardona had kicked out at Jesús Paganoni after the ball ran out of play over the endline, and García came to his teammate’s defense, making contact with Cardona’s face as another teammate pulled him away.

Veracruz kept knocking on the door in the second half, and they finally took the lead in the 75th minute. Daniel Villalva knocked the ball in from within the six-yard box to give the Tiburones Rojos the 2-1 lead, and mere minutes later it looked like they would end up running away with the game.

In the 78th minute, Jesús Zavala fouled Julio César Furch in the box, with referee Francisco Chacón awarding a penalty kick and also carding Zavala for the second time since he had entered the game as a substitute just over 15 minutes earlier.

Furch himself took the penalty kick, but he took it poorly and Jonathan Orozco made the save. Nevertheless, Monterrey was still down a goal and down a man on the road, and Cardona’s subsequent expulsion in the 84th minute did not help them either. Veracruz was unable to run up the score, but they had done all they needed to in order to take all three points.

With the 2-1 win, Veracruz reaches 13 points while Monterrey remains on 10.

Highlights

Lineups

Veracruz: Sergio García, Jesús Paganoni, Rodrigo Noya, Leobardo López, Emmanuel García, Gabriel Peñalba, Joe Corona (Diego Chávez 27′), Fernando Meneses (Hugo Cid 85′), Juan Ángel Albín (Luis Sánchez 73′), Daniel Villalva, Julio César Furch.

Monterrey: Jonathan Orozco, Ricardo Osorio, César Montes (Jesús Zavala 61′), John Stefan Medina, Edgar Castillo, Efraín Juárez, Walter Gargano, Edwin Cardona, Neri Cardozo (Aldo de Nigris 78′), Dorlan Pabón (Pablo Barrera 82′), Rogelio Funes Mori. 

Juan Forlín Undergoes Surgery

red crossQuerétaro’s Juan Forlín suffered a fractured cheekbone in the Gallos Blancos’ 2-1 loss to San Francisco in the CONCACAF Champions League, and he will need surgery for it.

Dr. Franco Vázquez Ponce noted that the surgery is “minimally invasive” and Forlín will be able to return to training the following week, although he will be training separately from his teammates.

The 27-year-old Argentinian has made just one league appearance for Querétaro after he joined the club this offseason, when he started and went the distance against Veracruz on August 14th, but he has played every possible minute for the Gallos in their Champions League campaign.