C18 Copa MX Week 3 Review: Wednesday’s Games

Santos Laguna 2-1 Toluca
Santos Laguna remained perfect in the Clausura 2018 Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Toluca in this Group 4 game. The result leaves the Diablos Rojos winless in this competition. Santos opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when Brian Lozano scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-0.

In the second half, Toluca found the equalizer. In the 66th minute, Fernando Uribe’s initial shot was saved but the rebound fell to Rodrigo Salinas, who made it 1-1. However, Santos soon retook the lead. In the 70th minute, Lozano hit the post, with the rebound then falling to Julio César Furch, who made it 2-1. Although Santos then went down to 10 men after Jorge Sánchez was red-cared, Toluca couldn’t take advantage as just minutes later they saw Pablo Barrientos sent off.

With the 2-1 win, Santos reaches six points while Toluca still has one.

Tampico Madero 1-2 Atlas
Atlas earned their first victory of the competition with a 1-2 away win against Tampico Madero in Group 7 play. The visitors took the lead in the 15th minute; the Tampico keeper made the save on the initial shot by Edyairth Ortega, but he gave up a rebound that Angelo Henríquez put away. Later, Edson García hit the post.

In the second half, Atlas added to their lead with Ravel Morrison making it 0-2 in the 57th minute after he received a through ball in the box. Then, in the 63rd minute, Tampico went down to 10 men as Sergio Ceballos was sent off. However, the hosts were still able to reduce the deficit in the 67th minute as Alberto García made it 1-2.

With the 1-2 win, Atlas reaches three points while Tampico still has three.

Monterrey 3-1 Correcaminos
Monterrey remained perfect in the cup with a 3-1 win against Correcaminos in this Group 3 game. The Rayados essentially put the game away in the first half as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 35th minute. They opened the scoring in the 19th minute with an own-goal from the unfortunate Leonardo Franco, who was trying to cut out a cross by Juan Álvarez. The visitors had a chance to equalize minutes later when they were given a penalty kick, but Juan Carrizo made the save on Luis Loroña to keep the score 1-0.

Then, in the 30th minute, Monterrey made it 2-0 with a penalty of their own after Carlos Sánchez converted the spot kick given for a handball in the box. Five minutes after that, Áviles Hurtado assisted Jorge Benítez to make it 3-0. Correcaminos were able to reduce the deficit just after the restart, with Loroña atoning for his earlier miss as he made it 3-1 in the 46th minute. Then, Monterrey went down to 10 men as Álvarez was sent off for his second yellow; but Correcaminos couldn’t take advantage of their extra man to mount a comeback.

With the 3-1 win, Monterrey reaches six points while Correcaminos still have three.

Pumas UNAM 3-0 FC Juárez
In a rainy Mexico City, Pumas UNAM earned a comfortable 3-0 victory against FC Juárez in Group 5 play. The universitarios tested the visitors early but it was’t until the 32nd minute that they found the opening goal. Pablo Barrera found Kevin Escamilla, whose golazo made it 1-0. Five minutes later, Pumas made it 2-0 with Abraham González finishing off some good passing play.

In the second half, the rain let up and Juárez brought on some young players to test Pumas’ defense. Then, in the 87th minute, the hosts put the game completely out of reach with a counterattack. Jesús Gallardo switched the field to Brian Figueroa, who got around his defender and played in Alan Mendoza to make it 3-0.

With the 3-0 win, Pumas reach three points while Juárez still has thre.

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