A16 Copa MX Week 6 Review: Tuesday’s Games

copa corona mxAtlante 2-2 Celaya – Group 1
Atlante came from behind to draw Celaya 2-2 on Tuesday, which was enough to earn the Potros a spot in the knockout rounds. Celaya, despite going unbeaten through the group stage, was eliminated.

Celaya opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 11th minute through Ángel Reyna after Jimmy Bermúdez was sanctioned for a foul on Rafael Murguía. Celaya then made it 2-0 in the 37th minute with another PK, also for a foul committed by Bermúdez, also converted by Reyna.

But Atlante fought back late in the second half. Substitute Benji Tun reduced the deficit in the 75th minute to give the hosts some hope. Then, in the 93rd minute, the referee called for another penalty – this one in favor of Atlante. Paul Uscanga converted it to make it 2-2.

With the 2-2 draw, Atlante reaches five points while Celaya reaches four.

Monarcas Morelia 4-0 Murciélagos – Group 4
Monarcas Morelia beat Murciélagos 4-0 on Tuesday to win Group 4 and advance to the knockout rounds of the Copa MX. Murciélagos are eliminated.

Morelia opened the scoring early, with Miguel Ángel Sansores making it 1-0 in just the 5th minute. He then added a second in the 20th minute to put the hosts comfortably ahead. Jorge Zárate made it 3-0 in the second half before an own-goal from the unfortunate Valentín Arredondo wrapped up the scoring in the 80th minute.

With the 4-0 win, Morelia reaches seven points while Murciélagos remain on three.

Dorados de Sinaloa vs Puebla – Group 8
Puebla remained unbeaten in the Copa MX and won Group 8 with a 0-1 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa. Dorados failed to earn a single point in the group stage and were eliminated.

Cristian Bermúdez’s 30th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, although Puebla really should have had a second in stoppage time, only for Mauro Cejas to fail to convert a penalty kick.

Dorados’ best chance of the game came in the 62nd minute, when José García hit the woodwork, but they could come no closer than that to an equalizer.

With the 0-1 win, Puebla reaches 10 points while Dorados remain on zero.

Santos Laguna vs Veracruz – Group 7
A stoppage time goal gave Veracruz a 1-1 draw with Santos Laguna, and with it, a spot in the knockout rounds. Santos, who needed to win to advance, opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Carlos Izquierdoz finished off a corner kick.

That narrow lead lasted all the way until the 91st minute, when a corner kick gave the Tiburones Rojos the equalizer. The rebound fell to Luis Sánchez, whose low shot found the back of the net to give Veracruz their spot in the round of sixteen.

With the 1-1 draw, Santos reaches three points while Veracruz reaches four.

Venados 4-4 Mineros de Zacatecas – Group 5
Mineros de Zacatecas took the lead but couldn’t hold it in this wild 4-4 draw with Venados. Nevertheless, the point was enough for Mineros to book their spot in the round of sixteen while Venados were eliminated.

Amazingly, all eight goals came in the second half. It wasn’t until the 50th minute that Mineros opened the scoring through José Ramón Partida, and they didn’t find their second until the 72nd minute through Miguel Gutiérrez.

Venados reduced the deficit in the 74th minute through Sebastián Ribas and then tied it up immediately afterwards through Freddy Martín. 2-2. Mineros retook the lead in the 80th through Arturo Ortiz, but Martín scored again to make it 3-3 in the 81st. The hosts then went ahead for the first time in the 89th minute thanks to a header from Ribas, but Guillermo Madrigal found the equalizer for Mineros in stoppage time.

With the 4-4 draw, Venados reach one point while Mineros reach four.

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