C17 Copa MX Week 2 Review: Tuesday’s Games

copa corona mxSantos Laguna 1-2 Coras Tepic (Group 3)
Coras Tepic surprised Santos Laguna with a late goal to earn a 1-2 away win in this Group 3 match. The Liga MX side has now lost two cup games in a row, while Coras earned a victory in their debut in the tournament. The visitors opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a well-taken shot by Daniel Ríos that left the goalkeeper with no chance.

In the second half, Santos threw numbers forward in search of an equalizer and they hit the woodwork as they poured the pressure on. Finally, in the 81st minute, Néstor Araujo headed home a free kick to tie the game 1-1. But with time running out, Julio Gómez restored Coras’ lead with a well-placed free kick to make it 1-2.

With the 1-2 win, Coras reaches three points while Santos remains on zero.

Veracruz 1-1 Celaya (Group 8)
The visitors took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Veracruz and Celaya played out a 1-1 draw in this Group 8 match. Veracruz looked to make their home-field advantage count in their first game of the tournament, and they created some early chances. Most notable was a point-blank header from Rodrigo Noya that goalkeeper Sergio Vega did well to stop. But when the first goal came, it was for Celaya. In the 36th minute, Michel Vázquez converted a penalty kick to put the visitors ahead 0-1.

Veracruz almost tied it up within minutes, but Juan Ángel Albín saw his shot hit the woodwork. The Tiburones had to wait for the second half to equalize, with Noya heading home a cross from Leandro Velázquez in the 47th minute. In the end, neither team was able to go to find a winning goal as they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

With the 1-1 draw, Veracruz and Celaya both reach one point.

Correcaminos 3-2 Cimarrones (Group 1)
Correcaminos fought off a comeback attempt by Cimarrones to earn a 3-2 victory in this Group 1 match. The hosts took the lead in the 28th minute, when José Reyes headed home a cross to make it 1-0. Then, in the second half, Ever Guzmán added to Correcaminos’ lead when he finished off a pass from Armando Pulido.

However, Cimarrones reacted soon after. In the 60th minute, substitute Cristian Ivanobski reduced the deficit to 2-1 before Othoniel Arce found the equalizer just six minutes after that. Correcaminos reacted well to their lead evaporating, however, and in the 79th minute they reclaimed the advantage through Néstor Olguín, whose shot crept through the hands of goalkeeper Sergio Arias to make it 3-2.

With the 3-2 win, Correcaminos reach three points while Cimarrones remain on three.

Cruz Azul 1-1 Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Group 2)
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Alebrijes de Oaxaca netted a last-minute equalizer to draw 1-1. La Máquina opened the scoring shortly before halftime, when Martín Rodríguez finished off a pass from Gabriel Peñalba to make it 1-0 in the 39th minute.

As the second half progressed, it looked like Cruz Azul would hold on for their first win in the competition. Instead, in the 90th minute, substitute Rolando González scored a golazo to level the match 1-1 and force the hosts to share the spoils.

With the 1-1 draw, Cruz Azul and Alebrijes both reach one point.

Chivas de Guadalajara 1-1 Atlante (Group 6)
With two goals in the final moments of the game, Chivas de Guadalajara and Atlante drew 1-1 in this Group 6 match. All of the emotion was crowded into the final stanza after Miguel Ángel Ponce conceded a penalty kick in the 89th minute. Paúl Uscanga was unable to convert the PK for Atlante, but Fernando Herrera was there to finish off the rebound and put the visitors ahead at the death.

It looked like the Potros were sure to snatch all three points, but Ponce atoned for his error by leveling the game with a powerful shot in stoppage time to salvage a point from Guadalajara’s Copa MX opener.

With the 1-1 draw, Chivas reaches one point while Atlante reaches four.

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