Three of Mexico’s four entrants advanced to the quarterfinals, and Liga MX is guaranteed to have at least one semifinalist after Pumas UNAM and Tigres UANL were drawn against each other. The other Mexican representative, Pachuca, will face Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa.
The two suspensions both went to Club América, with player Miguel Ángel Samudio given a one-game suspension for violent conduct and coach Ricardo La Volpe given his own one-game suspension for entering the playing field.
Both Monterrey and Santos Laguna remained unbeaten, while there are no winless teams remaining after Puebla earned their first victory of the season.
In the relegation fight, Morelia remained last in the Tabla de Cociente after their loss to Toluca, while relegation rivals Jaguares de Chiapas and Veracruz also lost and Puebla won.
Puebla finally earned their first win of the Clausura 2017 season with a 3-0 victory over Jaguares de Chiapas. The result keeps Puebla unbeaten in three and lifts them off the foot of the league table, while Jaguares have now lost two games in a row – and both of them against relegation rivals.
After going winless through their first six games, Puebla was desperate to put on a good showing in front of their home support, and it didn’t take them long to open the scoring. In the 10th minute, Pablo Míguez beat Moisés Muñoz to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Pumas UNAM overturned a three-goal deficit to grab a 3-3 draw against Tijuana on Sunday afternoon. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten at home this season while the Xolos are now winless in two.
Although the hosts had the first opportunity of the game – which goalkeeper Gibrán Lajud responded well to – it was the visitors who took the lead. In the 23rd minute, Alejandro Palacios came way out of his box and failed to get the ball, allowing Avilés Hurtado to send his shot from distance into the empty net to give the Xolos the 0-1 lead.
Necaxa’s two-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt with their 1-4 loss to Querétaro on Saturday night. The win is a second consecutive one for the Gallos Blancos, who scored more goals tonight than in their previous six games combined.
Querétaro got the ball rolling early, with Luis Noriega giving them the 0-1 lead in just the 6th minute after some combination play with Emanuel Villa. But Necaxa looked for a response after falling into that early hole, and in the 25th minute they managed to tie the game.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned bragging rights in the Clausura 2017 edition of the SuperClásico with a 1-0 victory over América. The win is a second consecutive one for Chivas and keeps them unbeaten in four, while the Águilas are now winless in three in league play.
The visitors took the ball early on and Michael Arroyo tried to jump start their attack with some good crosses into the box, but no one could get on the end of them. It took Chivas more time to settle into the game, but bit by bit they began to take control – and once they had it, they never relinquished it.
León ended a two-game losing streak but remained in winless in five with tonight’s 2-2 draw against Santos Laguna. The result keeps Santos unbeaten this season, although the Laguneros are now winless in three after a run of draws.
In the 25th minute, Santos earned a penalty kick after Christian Valdez was called for a foul on Walter Sandoval. Julio César Furch stepped up to take the PK and he converted it to give the visitors the 0-1 lead.
Monterrey looked much the better side in the first half, as they controlled possession and generated dangerous chances through Dorlan Pabón, Edwin Cardona, and Rogelio Funes Mori. Óscar Pérez was forced into several good saves, including an impressive double-save in the 26th minute.