A17 Copa MX Week 2 Review: Tuesday’s Games

Celaya 1-1 Pumas UNAM (Group 2)
Celaya took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Pumas UNAM. The result keeps Celaya winless while the universitarios took a point in their Copa debut. There were chances at both ends in the first half, with Ángel Reyna and Joffre Guerrón looking dangerous for their respective teams, but it wasn’t until the second half that the hosts found the breakthrough.

In the 65th minute, Celaya mounted a quick counterattack, with Reyna finding Pablo Ruíz, whose shot was blocked. But the rebound fell to Diego de la Tejera, who made it 1-0 for the Toros. They dropped back to defend their lead, but Pumas found the equalizer in the 77th minute. From a corner kick, José García sent the ball back across for Luis Quintana, whose bicycle kick made it 1-1.

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

Mineros de Zacatecas 1-2 Necaxa (Group 9)
Necaxa earned a 1-2 away win against Mineros de Zacatecas to put the Rayos top of the group table while Mineros have now lost back-to-back games in the cup. The first half was a hard-fought affair with few clear chances, but just before halftime the Rayos took the lead somewhat against the run of play. In the 44th minute, Miguel Ángel Ponce got free on the left and sent his diagonal shot into the net to make it 0-1.

The hosts tied the game in the 60th minute, with Roberto Nurse finishing off the service from Héctor Mascorro to make it 1-1. But Pablo Velázquez returned the lead to Necaxa in the 79th minute with his shot from the edge of the box to make it 1-2.

With the 1-2 win, Necaxa reaches three points while Zacatecas still has zero.

Toluca 3-0 Dorados de Sinaloa (Group 1)
Toluca earned a comfortable 3-0 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa in their first game of the tournament. The loss is a second straight one for Dorados. The Diablos Rojos controlled the game essentially from start to finish, and they found the opening goal through Enrique Triverio in the 27th minute.

The game leveled out somewhat after the opening goal, but in the second half the hosts began to press forward as they looked to add to their lead. They finally managed it in the 78th minute, when Triverio scored his second of the night to make it 2-0, before Carlos Esquivel put an exclamation mark on the win with his stoppage-time goal to make it 3-0.

With the 3-0 win, Toluca reaches three points while Dorados still have zero.

Tijuana 1-0 Puebla (Group 4)
Tijuana got their Copa MX campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory against Puebla. The Xolos took the lead early on with Paul Arriola opening the scoring in the 6th minute when he headed home a corner kick to make it 1-0. Puebla looked to respond but they were unable to really trouble goalkeeper Antonio Rodríguez.

In the second half, the Xolos began to flag and Puebla continued to press. In the 75th minute, they came close to tying the game through Carlos Salom, but his shot was parried away, and although Alonso Escoboza got to the rebound he couldn’t finish it off. In the end, Puebla was unable to find the breakthrough and Tijuana took all three points.

With the 1-0 win, Tijuana reaches three points while Puebla still has three.

Cimarrones 0-1 Pachuca (Group 8)
Pachuca earned their first victory of the Apertura 2017 season with a 0-1 away win against Cimarrones. The loss is a second consecutive one in the cup for Cimarrones. The hosts took the initiative early, but Pachuca’s defense was able to contain them as Cimarrones were largely limited to shots from outside the box.

In the second half, the Tuzos began to press forward with intent and they began to create chances of their own. In the 59th minute, they took the lead through Germán Cano, who finished off a pass from Erick Aguirre to make it 0-1. Cimarrones threw numbers forward as they looked for an equalizer, and Alfonso Blanco was kept busy in goal, but in the end, Pachuca was able to make their lead stand up.

With the 0-1 win, Pachuca reaches three points while Cimarrones still have zero.

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