A17 Copa MX Week 4 Review: Wednesday’s Games

Necaxa 4-0 Mineros de Zacatecas (Group 9)
Necaxa remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Mineros de Zacatecas. The result leaves Mineros winless in the competition. The Rayos took an early lead and never looked back, with Martín Barragán finishing off a low cross from Daniel Álvarez in the third minute to make it 1-0. Then, in the 7th minute, Necaxa earned a penalty kick after Víctor Dávila was fouled in the box. Barragán took and converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.

Mineros tried to overcome the early deficit, but the chances did not go their way. The visitors had a golden opportunity to get back into the game with a penalty of their own, but Roberto Nurse saw his PK saved by Aarón Fernández. Then in the second half, Necaxa put the game completely out of reach. Dávila scored a volley to make it 3-0 and then Dieter Villalpando scored direct from a free kick to make it 4-0 in the 74th.

With the 4-0 win, Necaxa reaches seven points while Mineros still have zero.

Dorados de Sinaloa 1-2 Toluca (Group 1)
Toluca remained perfect in the Copa MX with a 1-2 away win against Dorados de Sinaloa. The result leaves Dorados winless in the competition. The game started well for the hosts, who had a good chance in the 4th minute. However, Luis Manuel García was there to make the save on Gabriel Hacen. It was the visitors who opened the scoring, though, with Alexis Canelo finishing off a low cross to make it 0-1 for the Diablos Rojos in the 35th minute.

Dorados tied the game up minutes after the second half began, with Josepablo Monreal sending a powerful right-footed shot into the net in the 49th minute. But parity lasted just four minutes before Rubens Sambueza restored Toluca’s lead after some good combination play with Canelo. Dorados once again pressed for an equalizer, but they were stymied by the ejection of Elio Castro in the 62nd minute.

With the 1-2 win, Toluca reaches nine points while Dorados still have zero.

León 2-0 Veracruz (Group 6)
León remained perfect in the Copa MX with a 2-0 win against Veracruz. The loss leaves the Tiburones Rojos winless in the competition. León took the lead in just the third minute of the game, with Álvaro Ramos taking advantage of a defensive miscue to make it 1-0. Maximiliano Cerato then made it 2-0 in the 19th minute when he was first to a loose ball in the box.

The night got more complicated for Veracruz with the sending off of Leandro Díaz, and León created multiple chances to run up the score with the advantage of an extra man. The Tiburones created a chance or two of their own, but they were ultimately unable to reduce the deficit.

With the 2-0 win, León reaches nine points while Veracruz still has zero.

Potros UAEM 2-3 América (Group 3)
Potros UAEM took a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold it as América came back for a 2-3 victory, with the winning goal coming in stoppage time. The result leaves Potros winless in the Copa MX. The game had started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in the 7th minute. Héctor Gutiérrez’s shot took a deflection, but Moisés Hipólito was there to finish off the loose ball and give Potros the 1-0 lead. Juan Morales finished off a cross from Dante Osorio in the 19th minute to make it 2-0. But América reduced the deficit before halftime. In the 39th minute, Pablo Aguilar finished off a corner kick to make it 2-1.

In the second half, América threw numbers forward in search of a tying goal. In the 76th minute, they found one. After good combination play in the box, Silvio Romero finished off the sequence to make it 2-2. The Águilas then completed the comeback in stoppage time, with Pablo Aguilar controlling and finishing off a cross from Paul Aguilar to make it 2-3 in the 91st minute.

With the 2-3 win, América reaches six points while Potros still have zero.

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