C17 Copa MX Week 6 Review: Tuesday’s Games

copa corona mxVenados 1-1 Atlante (Group 6)
Venados earned their first point of the Copa MX in their final game of the tournament with a 1-1 draw with Atlante. The result leaves Atlante needing several other results to go their way in order to advance. The visitors looked the better side for long stretches of the game, but Venados defended valiantly and prevented the Potros from getting the win they needed.

Then, late in the second half, the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot. Fernando Herrera was called for a foul on Freddy Martín, and Leandro Navarro converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 in the 72nd minute. But Atlante quickly found a response, with Óscar Uscanga tying the game 1-1 in the 76th minute.

With the 1-1 draw, Venados reach one point while Atlante reaches five.

Jaguares de Chiapas 3-2 Potros UAEM (Group 5)
Jaguares de Chiapas beat Potros UAEM 3-2 to guarantee themselves a spot in the knockout rounds, while Potros are eliminated. The night started off well for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 3rd minute through Francisco Pizarro. Potros then added a second in the 10th minute through Moisés Hipólito to put the visitors in what looked like firm control of the game.

But just as in league play last weekend, Jaguares turned things around in the second half. Félix Micolta reduced the deficit to 1-2 in the 58th minute before tying it in the 64th. The midfielder then finished off his hat-trick in the 80th minute to complete the comeback.

With the 3-2 win, Jaguares reach seven points while Potros still have three.

Querétaro 3-0 Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Group 2)
Querétaro guaranteed their spot in the knockout rounds with a 3-0 victory over Alebrijes de Oaxaca, who are eliminated. The Gallos Blancos started the scoring early, with Camilo Sanvezzo making it 1-0 in the 6th minute. After that goal, though, the scoreboard didn’t move again until the 81st minute.

Querétaro had largely dominated the proceedings throughout the game, but it wasn’t until the end that they were able to add to their lead. Kevin Gutiérrez made it 2-0 in the 81st minute before Emmanuel Villa scored the definitive third goal in the 86th.

With the 3-0 win, Querétaro reaches nine points while Alebrijes still have two.

Monarcas Morelia 2-3 León (Group 9)
León ends the group stage of the Copa MX with a perfect 4-0-0 record after tonight’s 2-3 away win against Monarcas Morelia. Both León and Morelia advance to the knockout rounds. The visitors jumped out to a 0-2 lead with goals from Elías Hernández in the 16th minute and then Andrés Andrade in the 23rd.

However, Morelia was able to tie the game in the second half with goals in quick succession from Christian Penilla (60th) and David Cabrera (65th). But León kept pressing forward even after Cabrera’s equalizer, and in the 84th minute Óscar Suárez restored their lead.

With the 2-3 win, León reaches 12 points while Morelia still has six.

Tijuana 2-1 Cimarrones (Group 1)
Tijuana claimed first place in Group 1 with a 2-1 victory over Cimarrones. The result puts the Xolos into the knockout rounds while eliminating Cimarrones. The game was very even for long stretches and it wasn’t until the 65th minute that the opening goal arrived. Luis Loroña made it 0-1 for Cimarrones with his diving header.

But a penalty kick brought the Xolos back into the game in the 81st minute, with Avilés Hurtado converting the PK to make it 1-1. Then, in the waning moments, Víctor Malcorra completed the comeback with his 89th-minute goal.

With the 2-1 win, Tijuana reaches nine points while Cimarrones still have three.

Monterrey 2-1 FC Juárez (Group 7)
Monterrey wrapped up the group stage of the Copa MX with a perfect 4-0-0 record after tonight’s 2-1 win over FC Juárez. Despite the loss, Juárez will join Monterrey in the knockout rounds. The Rayados took the lead fairly early on, with Alfonso González making it 1-0 in the 15th minute, but Juárez began to throw numbers forward in the second half.

In the 61st minute, the visitors found their reward when Josué Gómez tied the game 1-1 with his low shot from outside the box. But parity lasted mere minutes before Juan Portales volleyed Monterrey back in front in the 64th minute to keep the Rayados perfect in this competition.

With the 2-1 win, Monterrey reaches 12 points while Juárez still has six.

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