C17 Copa MX Week 3 Review: Wednesday’s Games

copa corona mxMonterrey 5-0 Dorados de Sinaloa (Group 7)
Monterrey remained perfect in the Copa MX with a 5-0 dismantling of Dorados de Sinaloa in this Group 7 game. The loss keeps Dorados winless in the competition. The Rayados opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, when Efraín Juárez headed home a free kick from Dorlan Pabón to make it 1-0. Soon after that, Pabón provided another assist, this time to Edwin Cardona, as Monterrey took the 2-0 lead in the 29th minute. Just before halftime, Rogelio Funes Mori made it 3-0 to put the game out of reach for Dorados with 45 minutes left to play.

The hosts continued to dominate in the second half, and their continued pressure paid off as Funes Mori finished off his brace in the 71st minute to make it 4-0. Debutant Ángel López put the icing on the cake with his goal in the 82nd minute to give the Rayados a commanding 5-0 lead.

With the 5-0 win, Monterrey reaches six points while Dorados remain on zero.

Venados 0-1 Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 6)
Chivas de Guadalajara earned their first victory of the Copa MX with a 0-1 win against Venados. The result keeps Chivas unbeaten and Venados winless. The hosts took the early initiative, but with little to show for it, while Chivas soon grew into the game and began to generate chances of their own. Carlos Fierro turned into the main danger man for the visitors and just before halftime he opened the scoring, giving Chivas the 0-1 lead.

In the second half, Venados threw numbers forward as they looked to get back into the game. However, Guadalajara’s defense stood firm and, like in the first half, the visitors soon began to control proceedings. They had a chance or two to put the game away but in the end it was Fierro’s goal that separated the sides.

With the 0-1 win, Chivas reaches four points while Venados remain on zero.

Coras Tepic 3-2 América (Group 3)
Coras Tepic remained perfect in the Copa MX and reclaimed first place in Group 3 with tonight’s 3-2 victory against América. The loss ends the Águilas’ own unbeaten start to the competition. The visitors started the game off on the front foot, with Carlos Darwin Quintero, Silvio Romero, and Cecilio Domínguez combining well to create good chances. But Coras settled into the game and began to gain possession. Then, in the 29th minute, Javier Güemez was called for a handball in the box. Juan Neira converted the ensuing penalty kick to give Coras the 1-0 lead. Just before halftime, Daniel Ríos made it 2-0 with his header.

América reacted in the second half with a goal from Romero in the 50th minute to reduce the deficit to 2-1. But as the Águilas were pushing for an equalizer, Coras mounted a counterattack that ended with Sergio Nápoles making it 3-1. Once again América was able to pull a goal back, with Oribe Peralta making it 3-2 in the 75th minute, but despite persistent pressure they were unable to level the game.

With the 3-2 win, Coras reaches six points while América remains on three.

Necaxa 5-1 Potros UAEM (Group 5)
Necaxa claimed their first victory in the Copa MX in style with a 5-1 dismantling of Potros UAEM. The loss is Potros’ first in the competition. The hosts took the lead early on, with Diego Riolfo making it 1-0 in the 13th minute. Just three minutes after that, Necaxa earned a penalty kick that Edson Puch converted to make it 2-0. The goals continued to pour in, with Riolfo scoring his second of the night in the 22nd minute before the Rayos earned and converted another penalty kick – this time scored by Alejandro Díaz – to give them a 4-0 lead less than half an hour into the game.

After that flurry of four goals in 14 minutes, the scoreline remained the same until the 80th minute, when Emmanuel Cerda scored a consolation goal for Potros UAEM. But Necaxa restored their four-goal lead when Diego Riolfo finished his hat-trick in the 88th minute to make it 5-1.

With the 5-1 win, Necaxa reaches four points while Potros remain on three.

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