A17 Copa MX Week 3 Review: Tuesday’s Games

Zacatepec 2-1 Tigres UANL (Group 5)
Zacatepec remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Tigres UANL. The result leaves the universitarios winless in Group 5. The visitors started the game off well with chances from Enner Valencia and Luis Cruz, but they couldn’t capitalize on them. Instead, the hosts took the lead in the 17th minute, when Armando González beat Enrique Palos from close range to make it 1-0.

Zacatepec added to their lead 10 minutes later after a penalty call in their favor. Luis Márquez converted the spot kick to make it 2-0. Tigres looked to respond in the second half, and they were able to reduce the deficit in the 78th minute. Damián Álvarez got free on the left, cut inside, and sent his shot past Víctor Hugo Hernández to make it 2-1. That goal set up a frenetic finale as Tigres pushed for an equalizer, but in the end Zacatepec held on to the lead.

With the 2-1 win, Zacatepec reaches four points while Tigres still have one.

Atlante 1-1 Tijuana (Group 4)
Tijuana took the lead but Atlante snatched a draw at the death with an equalizer deep into stoppage time. The result keeps the Xolos unbeaten in the cup while Atlante remains winless. The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute, when Luis Mendoza set up Juan Martín Lucero with a backheel. Alone in front of goal, Lucero sent his low shot in along the post to make it 0-1 for Tijuana.

That lead lasted right up until the 95th minute. With the Xolos just moments away from a victory, Atlante sent a last hopeful ball into the mixer; Juan Carlos Núñez wasn’t able to clear it, and the ball fell for Carlos Cauich, who put the ball into the net from point-blank range to make it 1-1.

With the 1-1 draw, Atlante reaches one point while Tijuana reaches four.

Necaxa 1-1 Monarcas Morelia (Group 9)
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Monarcas Morelia. The result keeps both teams unbeaten in the cup and tied for the Group 9 lead. The hosts took advantage of a set piece situation to take the lead in the 17th minute. Diego Hernández got his head to the ball in the six-yard box and made it 1-0 after the keeper came off his line but failed to claim the ball.

But Morelia was able to tie it up in the second half. In the 70th minute, Franco Pérez scored with a header of his own after a cross from the right to make it 1-1. Neither team was able to go on to find a second goal, leaving the Rayos and the Monarquía to split the spoils.

With the 1-1 draw, Necaxa and Morelia both reach four points.

América 2-1 Potros UAEM (Group 3)
Potros UAEM took the lead but couldn’t hold it as América came back for a 2-1 win. The result gives the Águilas their first victory of the tournament, while Potros are still looking for their first point. The visitors started the game off well and energetically as they repeatedly attacked Óscar Jiménez’s goal. Their persistence paid off in the 18th minute, when Juan Morales made it 0-1 with his right-footed shot. But América earned a penalty kick in the 32nd minute, and Silvio Romero – who saw a penalty saved in league play over the weekend – converted the spot kick to make it 1-1.

In the second half, Potros had a chance to reclaim their lead through Ernesto Vázquez, but Jiménez made the save in the 66th minute. Then, in the 79th, América completed the comeback with a second goal from Romero, who finished off the service from Carlos Darwin Quintero to beat Leonín Pineda and make it 2-1 for the hosts.

With the 2-1 win, América reaches three points while Potros still have zero.

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