Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pumas UNAM came back for a 1-2 away win. The result extends the universitarios’ unbeaten streak to six games, while El Rebaño saw their own three-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a blistering pace. Almost immediately, Pumas won a free kick, which Pablo Barrera took and nearly caught out Raúl Gudiño with, although the keeper was able to get back and make the save.
América took an early lead and fought off a comeback attempt as they picked up a 2-3 away win against Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in six – and gives them a three-game road winning streak – while the universitarios saw their own six-game unbeaten streak halted.
The scoring started early in this one, with América taking the lead in just the 8th minute. Roger Martínez ran on to a deflected shot at the end line and he sent it back across the face of goal, where Bruno Valdez was lurking at the far post to make it 0-1.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for a 2-1 victory against the 10-man Rayados. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season with seven straight wins, while Monterrey saw their two-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a good pace, with both sides coming out attacking. The game was an end-to-end affair for the first 15 minutes, and then Monterrey took the lead from a set piece. The visitors won a free kick a long way out, but distance proved no obstacle as César Montes headed home the service to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Veracruz and Necaxa played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in five, while the Rayos are winless in three and winless on the road this season.
The pressure was on Veracruz in this one, as the hosts are uncomfortably close to the bottom of both the league table and the relegation standings. However, it was Necaxa who controlled possession in the early going.
Santos Laguna moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s games – with a 3-1 win against Atlas. The result is a second straight win for the Laguneros, who are unbeaten in four, while the Rojinegros were unable to build on last week’s result as they suffered their ninth loss of the season.
The hosts came out attacking and they took the lead in the 17th minute. Julio César Furch laid the ball off for Jonathan González, who took it into the box before sliding it back to an unmarked Furch, who made it 1-0.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 11 games.
Cruz Azul will be without both José Madueña and Milton Caraglio, who were given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Rubens Sambueza of Toluca was suspended one game for using offensive or insulting language and/or gestures.
The postponement of the Round of 16 game between Monterrey and Zacatepec has had a cascading effect on the scheduling of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX knockout rounds.
This week will see Monterrey and Zacatepec play their postponed match as well as three of the quarterfinal games; the fourth quarterfinal, between the winner of Monterrey/Zacatepec and Querétaro, will be held during the upcoming FIFA break.
This week’s games are as follows; all times Eastern, home team listed first.
Cruz Azul remained in first despite their 3-1 loss to Pachuca, while Atlas remained last despite their 2-0 victory against Toluca. That was Atlas’s first win of the season, meaning there are no winless teams remaining in the Apertura 2018 season.
In the relegation standings, Lobos BUAP remained last despite their 3-1 win against Morelia, although they gained some ground as relegation rivals Veracruz and Querétaro lost and Puebla drew.