A17 Copa MX Week 2 Review: Wednesday’s Games

Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-0 Veracruz (Group 6)
Alebrijes de Oaxaca earned their first victory of the Copa MX with a 1-0 win against Veracruz. The Tiburones Rojos had the first chance of the game, with a dangerous cross into the box that David Álvarez very nearly deflected into his own net. After that, though, the hosts took control and Rodrigo Noya opened the scoring for Oaxaca in the 33rd minute.

In the second half, Alebrijes sat back to defend their lead, ceding more of the ball to the visitors. Veracruz was unable to do much with their possession, however, while Oaxaca looked dangerous on the counter. In the end, the lone goal was enough for the hosts.

With the 1-0 win, Alebrijes reach three points while Veracruz still has zero.

América 0-1 Atlas (Group 3)
Atlas remained perfect in the Copa MX with a 0-1 away win against América. The Rojinegros spoiled the Águilas’ debut in the cup with a second-half strike. The hosts had started the game off well and they created the first good chance in the 7th minute; however, Pablo Aguilar wasn’t able to finish off a cross from Carlos Vargas. Then Atlas created a few chances through Fidel Martínez, who came as close as hitting the post, but the game went to halftime still goalless.

In the second half, América controlled possession and kept the ball in the Rojinegros’ defensive third, but they were unable to find the final touch. Instead, against the run of play, Atlas took the lead in the 67th minute. Carlos Orrantía nearly put the ball in his own net as he attempted to head it away; Óscar Jiménez kept the ball out but the rebound fell to Jahir Barraza, who made it 0-1. América pressed for an equalizer but they were ultimately unable to find one.

With the 0-1 win, Atlas reaches six points while América still has zero.

Tigres UANL 1-1 Cruz Azul (Group 5)
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul in their Copa debut. The universitarios put out a very young team for this game and Cruz Azul’s experience showed in the early going. The visitors found their first good chance in just the 2nd minute, when Víctor Zúñiga sent in a cross for Felipe Mora, but he couldn’t put his header on target. Tigres grew into the game before too long, though, and soon they were testing Guillermo Allison, but neither team could find the breakthrough in the first half.

In the second half, Cruz Azul once again started better, but they couldn’t make it count in front of goal. Then, in the 75th minute, Rafael Durán played in Ismael Sosa, who gave Tigres the 1-0 lead. But the advantage lasted just four minutes before Mora finished off a corner kick to make it 1-1 for Cruz Azul, and neither team was able to find a winning goal in the final ten minutes.

With the 1-1 draw, Tigres reach one point while Cruz Azul reaches two.

Chivas de Guadalajara 4-2 FC Juárez (Group 7)
Chivas de Guadalajara earned their first victory of the tournament with a 4-2 win against FC Juárez. The hosts took the lead in the 18th minute, when Hedgardo Marín finished off a rebound in the box following a set piece to make it 1-0. But the Bravos responded in the 32nd minute, when Rodrigo Prieto finished off a good play inside the box to make it 1-1. Chivas retook the lead almost immediately, when Lucas da Silva took advantage of an error by Miguel Jiménez to make it 2-1, but Juárez once again responded, with Fernando Beltrán tying the game 2-2 before halftime.

The second half started with the same energy as both teams looked to take the lead. Once again, it was the hosts who went in front, with Michelle Benítez’s low shot making it 3-2 in the 51st minute. This time, there was no response from Juárez; although they created chances, they couldn’t finish any of them. Instead, Orbelín Pineda put the game out of reach when he converted a penalty in the 72nd minute to make it 4-2.

With the 4-2 win, Chivas reaches three points while Juárez still has zero.

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