C17 Copa MX Week 6 Review: Wednesday’s Games

copa corona mxToluca 3-1 Celaya (Group 8)
Toluca remained atop Group 8 with a 3-1 victory over Celaya. The result sees the Diablos Rojos advance to the round of sixteen while Celaya is eliminated. Toluca was assured of first in the group regardless of tonight’s result, and although they started the game off better it was the visitors who took the lead. In the 13th minute, Celaya won a penalty kick and Rodrigo López converted it to give the Toros the 0-1 lead. Toluca thought they had tied it just before halftime, but Alfredo Moreno’s would-be goal was disallowed after it was ruled that the ball had gone out of play in the buildup.

Nevertheless, Toluca rallied in the second half. In the 62nd minute, Rubens Sambueza scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-1; then, in the 72nd minute, the referee pointed to the penalty spot again, this time in favor of the hosts. Enrique Triverio converted the PK to make it 2-1, and then Fernando Uribe sealed the victory with his goal in the 87th minute.

With the 3-1 win, Toluca reaches 10 points while Celaya still has two.

Santos Laguna 2-1 América (Group 3)
A stoppage-time goal gave Santos Laguna the 2-1 win against América, with the result putting both teams into the knockout rounds. The pressure was on the hosts in this game, and Santos nearly took the lead in the 8th minute, but Carlos Izquierdoz couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Mauricio Cuero also could have opened the scoring for Santos after some good individual play, but the game remained goalless going into halftime.

In the second half, Santos found the breakthrough. In the 54th minute, Cuero played in Julio César Furch, whose right-footed shot made it 1-0. América looked for a response and they found one late on, with Christian Paredes tying the game 1-1 in the 89th minute. But Furch scored again in stoppage time to restore the Laguneros’ lead.

With the 2-1 win, Santos reaches six points while América still has six.

Mineros de Zacatecas 3-0 Atlas (Group 4)
Mineros de Zacatecas earned their first win of the Copa MX with a 3-0 victory over Atlas. The result was enough to put Mineros into the round of sixteen while Atlas is eliminated. The hosts should have taken the lead in the 14th minute, when they earned a penalty kick, but Noé Maya sent the spot kick against the post to keep it 0-0.

The breakthrough didn’t come until the second half, when Christian López headed Mineros ahead in the 52nd minute. Julián Cardozo then made it 2-0 with his golazo in the 61st before Maya atoned for his penalty miss by scoring Mineros’ third in the 82nd minute. Atlas was unable to generate much going forward as they bowed out of the competition with the loss.

With the 3-0 win, Mineros reach five points while Atlas still has four.

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