C18 Copa MX Week 3 Review: Tuesday’s Games

Venados 1-2 Cafetaleros
Cafetaleros remained top of Group 1 with their 1-2 away win against Venados. The result leaves the hosts winless and pointless in this competition. Cafetaleros looked dangerous throughout, but Venados’ debutant goalkeeper, Andrés Gudiño, made several good saves to keep the game goalless going into halftime.

But just one minute after the restart, Cafetaleros took the lead. Yoel Bárcenas finished off a cross to make it 0-1. In the 58th minute, they made it 0-1 as Bárcenas assisted Leonardo Ramos to put the visitors comfortably ahead. Venados pulled a goal back late after Luciano Nequecaur converted an 80th-minute penalty kick, but they were unable to go on to tie the game.

With the 1-2 win, Cafetaleros reach six points while Venados still have zero.

Murciélagos 1-1 Necaxa
Murciélagos took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps Necaxa unbeaten and at the top of the Group 6 table, while Murciélagos earned their first point of the competition. The hosts took the lead early, with Mauricio Castañeda finishing off a cross in the 13th minute to make it 1-0.

Murciélagos took the lead to halftime, but in the second half Necaxa came out looking to tie the game. Goalkeeper Guillermo Pozos was called on a few times to keep the hosts ahead, but then in the 69th minute Necaxa found the equalizer. The visitors took advantage of a set piece, with Bryan Colula finishing off a free kick with a diving header to make it 1-1.

With the 1-1 draw, Murciélagos reach one point while Necaxa reaches four.

Puebla 0-0 Alebrijes de Oaxaca
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this Group 2 game as Puebla and Alebrijes de Oaxaca played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps both teams unbeaten in the competition. The hosts had the clearest chance of the first half as they hit the post, but they could get no closer than the woodwork.

Puebla had more possession throughout and some added dynamism up top with the insertion of Francisco Acuña in the second half, but they were unable to create much more than half-chances. The final touch was lacking and in the end they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

With the 0-0 draw, Puebla and Alebrijes both reach four points.

Cimarrones 2-0 Querétaro
Cimarrones earned their first win of the competition with a 2-0 victory against Querétaro. The result still keeps the hosts at the foot of the Group 9 table, however, where all three teams have three points after two games. Cimarrones came out attacking and they won a penalty kick in just the third minute. However, Miguel Vallejo saw his spot kick saved to keep the game goalless.

They continued pressing forward, however, in the 24th minute they found their reward. Jesús López played in Matthews Gómes, who scored with a diagonal shot to the far post. Querétaro had a few chances to level the game, but they could never find the breakthrough. Then, in the 84th minute, Cimarrones sealed the win with a goal by Ricardo Peña to make it 2-0.

With the 2-0 win, Cimarrones reach three points while Querétaro still has three.

Celaya 0-1 Pachuca
Pachuca earned their first win of the competition with a 0-1 away win against Celaya. The result still keeps the Tuzos at the foot of the Group 8 table, however, while Celaya remains at the top. The visitors came out attacking as they looked for a good result, and they had some early chances. However, the game soon settled into midfield.

The game remained largely balanced in the second half until the final 15 minutes. Pachuca had a good opportunity through substitute Sebastián Palacios; then, in the 77th minute, the Tuzos took the lead. Kevin Ayala – another substitute – finished the ball off in the six-yard box to make it 0-1 for the visitors. Celaya had a golden opportunity to tie it up in stoppage time when they had the ball in the six-yard box, but Raúl López was able to make the clearance.

With the 0-1 win, Pachuca reaches three points while Celaya still has three.

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