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In a game where both teams led at one point or another – and where VAR was used in Liga MX for the first time – Atlas scored in stoppage time for a 4-3 victory against Veracruz. The result gives the Rojinegros just their second win of the season, while the Tiburones Rojos saw their winless streak grow to six games.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Diego Chávez got free on the right, got past Leiton Jiménez, and cut the ball back from the end line for Cristian Menéndez, who finished it off to make it 0-1 for Veracruz.
After beating Costa Rica 3-2 on Friday, Mexico will now take on Chile in another international friendly. Interim coach Ricardo Ferretti used a Liga MX-based lineup in the game against CONCACAF competition Costa Rica, but Tuesday’s game will see El Tri’s European-based players take the field.
Chile fell 3-0 to Peru in their own friendly last Friday, a result that leaves La Roja winless in three. But the last time these two national teams faced off, Chile walked away with a stunning 7-0 victory, a result that Mexico will be anxious to erase from people’s minds with a strong showing in La Corregidora.
Mexico started off a little shaky, with a back pass nearly escaping Manuel Gibrán Lajud in the 10th minute for an own-goal, although the keeper was able to recover and grab the ball before it crossed the line.
The competition is all caught up now, however, as Monterrey beat Querétaro 1-0 this week in their rescheduled match, and that result allowed the dates, times, and matchups of the semifinals to be confirmed.
El Tri is still under the interim management of Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti, while the Ticos have just announced the hiring of Gustavo Matosas as their new coach. Matosas will be watching this friendly from the stands, however, as he will not take charge until after this month’s matches.
Club América coach Miguel Herrera and Monarcas Morelia assistant coach Esteve Padilla will both be absent from the benches for one game after earning a suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and for the fifth year, Liga MX’s annual pink-themed campaign for breast cancer awareness is being joined by a blue-themed campaign for prostrate cancer awareness.
As part of the campaign, Voit has introduced a new color scheme for the official match ball, with the orange and red flames of the #BeTheFire ball replaced with shades of pink, and the black text and logos on the ball replaced with blue.
In the relegation standings, Lobos BUAP remained last despite their 2-2 draw with relegation rival Puebla, while fellow rivals Veracruz and Querétaro also drew.
Santos Laguna 3-1 Atlas
Veracruz 0-0 Necaxa
Cruz Azul 2-1 Monterrey
León 1-2 Monarcas Morelia
Tigres UANL 2-3 América
Chivas de Guadalajara 1-2 Pumas UNAM
Tijuana 1-1 Querétaro
Toluca 2-1 Pachuca
Puebla 2-2 Lobos BUAP
In a game where both teams had the lead at one time or another, Puebla and Lobos BUAP had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps La Franja unbeaten in two but winless in three, while the Licántropos saw their two-game winning streak halted but remain unbeaten in three.
The Clásico Poblano started off without many clear chances for either side, with the ball staying largely in midfield. But shortly before halftime, Lobos took the lead. Mauro Laínez took the ball into the box and sent a low cross across the face of goal for Leonardo Ramos, who sent it home at the far post to make it 0-1 in the 39th minute.