The knockout rounds of the Apertura 2018 Copa Corona MX begin this week, with 12 teams from Liga MX and four from Ascenso MX facing off in the Round of Sixteen.
The Round of Sixteen consists of single-elimination games held at the home of the higher seed. Should the teams be tied at the end of the regulation 90 minutes, advancement will be decided by a penalty shootout; no extra time will be played.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Regio as Tigres UANL and Monterrey played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, but winless in two, while the Rayados ended a two-game losing streak but remain winless in four.
A violent confrontation between groups of fans before the game left several people injured, one seriously, and led to a statement by Liga MX that the incident is being investigated.
There were injuries on the field as well; José María Basanta had to leave the game in the 10th minute after suffering an apparent pulled muscle, and Rodolfo Pizarro left the game at halftime with an injury of his own.
Santos Laguna took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Veracruz came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten in two and unbeaten at home this season, while the Tiburones Rojos ended a two-game winless streak but remain winless in three.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, with chances at either end. Veracruz had an early opportunity through Cristian Menéndez, who looked to shot past an onrushing Jonathan Orozco but ended up sending his shot into the keeper.
Chivas de Guadalajara took a late lead, only for Querétaro to score a stoppage-time equalizer as this one finished 1-1. The result keeps El Rebaño unbeaten in two while the Gallos Blancos remain winless in the same span.
The game started off at a good pace, with Chivas going on the attack from the opening whistle. In the first minute, the hosts won a corner and Alan Cervantes headed it towards goal, only for Tiago Volpi to make the save.
Tijuana remained unbeaten at home this season as they earned a 1-0 win against 9-man Pachuca. The result is a third straight victory for the Xolos, while the Tuzos saw their six-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The game started at a fast pace, with the first chance coming within the first minute as Ángelo Sagal hit the post for Pachuca. Then, at the other end, Tijuana had a corner kick and Erick Torres beat Alfonso Blanco with his header, only for Emmanuel García to make the goal-line clearance.
Cruz Azul got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Atlas. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season, while the Rojinegros remain winless in the Apertura 2018.
Cruz Azul came out attacking as they looked to put their first loss of the season behind them. They took the lead in the 18th minute, when Adrián Aldrete scored a golazo from outside the box as he recovered a loose ball in midfield, took it downfield, and then sent his shot from distance into the upper corner to make it 1-0.
After a 40-minute delay in the second half due to heavy rain and poor field conditions, Lobos BUAP earned a 0-1 away win against León. The result snaps a five-game losing streak and seven-game winless streak for the Licántropos, while La Fiera saw their own losing streak grow to three games.
The hosts started the game off better, but Lobos’ defense limited their chances. The first one of note came in the 22nd minute through Luis Montes, but his shot from outside the box ended up just off target.
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 3-2 to Toluca. The result is a third straight win for the Diablos Rojos while the Rayos have lost two of their last three and remain winless on the road this season.
The hosts started the game off well and looked dangerous initially from set pieces, particularly corners. But although Toluca had more chances, Necaxa had the better ones. The visitors came within inches in the 25th minute, when Víctor Dávila beat his defender but sent his shot just wide.
10-man América managed a stoppage time goal to give them a 2-3 away win against Puebla. The result is a third straight win for the Águilas, who are unbeaten in four, while the Poblanos saw their two-game winning streak snapped.
The visitors looked the better side from the start, and they quickly caused problems for Puebla’s defense. In the 6th minute, Anderson Santamaría was called for a handball in the box and Cecilio Domínguez scored the ensuing penalty to give América the 0-1 lead.