Tijuana brought a halt to Monterrey’s season-long unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night. The result gives the Xolos four wins in their last five, while the Rayados are now winless in two.
The first chance of the game went to the visitors, with Dorlan Pabón testing Gibrán Lajud early on. But Tijuana responded with a chance of their own moments later, when Fabián Castillo got into the box and forced a good save out of Marcelo Barovero.
Chivas de Guadalajara and América faced off for the second time in four days – in the Copa MX and now in the league – and the result was the same: a 2-0 win for the Águilas. The result gives América back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in four, while El Rebaño are winless in four, with three losses in that span.
Chivas, having lost the first SuperClásico, looked to bounce back in this one, where they were the home team. But the hosts struggled to get into the game. Alejandro Zendejas, making his league debut on the left wing in place of the injured Carlos Cisneros, was a weak point, and Renato Ibarra took full advantage in the third minute.
Lobos BUAP took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps La Monarquía unbeaten in three but winless in eight, while the Licántropos are winless in two.
The visitors started the game off stronger, although they struggled to convert their chances. In the 9th minute Michael Orozco failed to convert a golden opportunity when he managed to send the ball over the bar from within the six-yard box.
The quarterfinal round of the Copa MX wrapped up this week, with three teams from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX advancing to the semifinals. Pumas UNAM, Tijuana, América, and FC Juárez will now look to move on to the Gran Final itself.
Pumas UNAM 3-0 Dorados de Sinaloa
Monarcas Morelia 0-1 Tijuana
América 2-0 Chivas de Guadalajara
FC Juárez 2-2 Veracruz; Juárez won 3-1 on penalties
After conceding two goals in the opening ten minutes, Santos Laguna scored four of their own in a 10-minute span late in the second half to earn a comprehensive 4-2 victory against the New York Red Bulls. The result sees Santos advance to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 6-2 aggregate win.
With a 0-2 away win from the first leg, the Laguneros were in a fairly comfortable position combing into this one. But the visitors jumped out to a surprise lead and quickly erased the deficit. Omir Fernández made it 0-1 (2-1) in just the 4th minute, before Daniel Royer leveled the aggregate five minutes later.
The knockout stages of the Copa MX continue this week with the quarterfinal round. Six teams from Liga MX and two from Ascenso MX advanced out of the round of sixteen and will now look to take the next step towards the title.
The quarterfinals consist of a single-elimination game held at the home of the higher seed. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, a penalty shootout will determine who advances.