Cruz Azul moved into first place – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 3-0 victory against León in a game that finished 10 vs 10. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home and unbeaten overall this season, while La Fiera remains winless on the road.
Cruz Azul came out attacking and they had several early chances, although they couldn’t convert any of them. Then, in the 18th minute, the game looked to have taken a turn for the worse for the hosts when Jerry Flores was sent off to leave Cruz Azul with just 10 men.
Atlas once again failed to find the back of the net as they suffered a 0-1 loss to Monarcas Morelia. The result gives the michoacanos back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in four, while the Rojinegros remain winless and goalless in the Apertura.
Morelia took the lead early on, with Ray Sandoval sending in a cross on to Irven Ávila. The Peruvian knocked it past José Hernández with his thigh to give the visitors the 0-1 lead in the 8th minute.
Following the resignation of head coach Guillermo Vázquez on Monday, Liga MX has announced they have requested an audit of Veracruz’s finances.
Vázquez claimed “double contracts” – a situation where a player or coach signs one official contract with the soccer federation and a second, private contract directly with the club – were the reason for his resignation, as he said Veracruz owed him money due to his “abnormal” contract situation.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned their first victory of the Apertura 2018 season with a 0-2 away win against 10-man Veracruz. The result ends a two-game unbeaten streak for the Tiburones Rojos and keeps them winless at home this season.
The game started off slightly in Veracruz’s favor, but the hosts couldn’t keep possession and before long it was Chivas looking the better side. It took El Rebaño just 11 minutes to take the lead, with Eduardo López’s right-footed shot taking a deflection to beat Pedro Gallese and make it 0-1.
Toluca vs Tijuana – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (6th) beat Tigres UANL 1-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten in two. The Diablos Rojos are also unbeaten at home and they’ll look for another win as they return to the Estadio Nemesio Diez for this one. Toluca has been a consistent attacking threat in the Apertura, scoring at least once in every game, although they’ve been somewhat up-and-down defensively.
As for Tijuana (10th), the Xolos drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend to keep them winless in three. They did win in midweek, though, where they earned a 3-1 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX. The Xolos have only had one road game this season, which they lost back in Jornada 2. They’ll look for a better road result in this one, but Toluca is a tough team to play at home.
Cruz Azul vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (2nd) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The draw did bring La Máquina’s perfect run to a halt, however, although they got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory against Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Cruz Azul is still perfect at home and they’ll look for another win in this one. They’ve also conceded just one goal this season, and that came while they were playing with just 10 men. They will be without the suspended Pablo Aguilar for this one, though.
As for León (11th), La Fiera beat Querétaro 4-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep that good run of form going here against a tough opponent. León has been on a goal-scoring streak as of late and they’ll look to test Cruz Azul’s defensive record in this one.
Veracruz vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Unimás
Veracruz (13th) beat Puebla 1-2 last weekend to keep the Tiburones Rojos unbeaten in two. They’re still at the bottom of the relegation standings, though – and they’re still winless at home. Their poor home form continued in midweek, where they suffered a 0-3 loss to América in the Copa MX. They’ve had some trouble scoring – they’re averaging just a goal a game – but they’re facing another struggling team in this one and they’ll look to get on track with a home win here.
As for Chivas de Guadalajara (17th), El Rebaño fell 1-2 to Santos Laguna last weekend to remain winless in league play this season. They did pick up a win in the Copa MX in midweek, with a 1-0 victory against Alebrijes de Oaxaca, and they’ll look to carry that form over into this one. Their lone point of the Apertura came on the road and they’ll look to take advantage of another team with home woes in this one.
The Apertura 2018 edition of the Copa MX continued this week with the fourth round of games. This was a week for the home teams, with seven of them winning and another earning a draw.
León 2-1 Mineros
Chivas de Guadalajara 1-0 Alebrijes de Oaxaca
TM Fútbol Club 3-1 Necaxa
Veracruz 0-3 América
Puebla 1-1 Monterrey
Cruz Azul 2-0 Zacatepec
Celaya 2-0 Santos Laguna
Tigres UANL 5-1 Atlético San Luis
Tijuana 3-1 FC Juárez