The Disciplinary Committee has suspended one player and imposed a stadium ban in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 2 games.
The suspension went to Pablo González of Puebla, who was sanctioned for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
The stadium ban goes to Atlas, who will play their next home game – against Tijuana in Jornada 4 – behind closed doors in the Estadio Jalisco. The ban comes as a result of persistent discriminatory chanting from the stands, which continued despite announcements over the public address system and the referee stopping play twice during their match against Puebla.
Puebla finished the game with 10 men, but that didn’t stop them from earning a 0-1 away win against Atlas. The result gives the Poblanos their first win in their first game of the season (after their Jornada 1 match was rescheduled for February) while the Rojinegros suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The hosts started the game off stronger, and all of the chances went their way – but they couldn’t convert any of them. Then, against the run of play, Puebla took the lead. Osvaldo Martínez received the ball in the box and chipped it back toward the top of the six-yard box, where Cristian Menéndez made awkward but effective contact, heading the ball in to make it 0-1 in the 31st minute.
Monterrey grabbed the last available playoff spot with a 2-0 victory against Atlas. The Rayados needed a win to guarantee their place in the postseason, and they got it, extending their unbeaten streak to five games in the process, while the Rojinegros saw their Apertura end with a four-game losing streak.
Monterrey came out attacking and their pressure soon paid off. In the 7th minute, Jesús Gallardo brought the ball to the end line before cutting it back to an unmarked Rogelio Funes Mori at the top of the box; his left-footed shot arced past the goalkeeper to give the Rayados the early 1-0 lead.
Pumas UNAM kept themselves in the playoff conversation with a comprehensive 5-1 victory against 10-man Atlas. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the universitarios, while the Rojinegros have now lost two in a row.
The hosts started the game off strongly and they soon found their reward. In the 11th minute, Víctor Malcorra played a low cross to Carlos González, who knocked the ball home from the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-0 for Pumas.
Necaxa moved into first place in the table with a 0-2 away win against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in five and extends their road winning streak to five games, while the Rojinegros saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game startled off slowly, with neither team able to take control or create many chances of note going forward. Necaxa was gifted a chance when Camilo Vargas slipped as he attempted to clear the ball, but Jesús Angulo couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
Atlas moved into the thick of the playoff fight with a 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result keeps the Rojinegros unbeaten in four, while the Poblanos saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
Puebla, sitting near the foot of the table, was looking to gain some momentum after the international break. There were chances at both ends in the early going, although Nicolás Vikonis was the busier of the two goalkeepers, making notable saves against Osvaldo Martínez and Facundo Barceló to keep Puebla from falling behind.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end – after Tijuana picked up three red cards to finish the game with just 8 players – Atlas scored a stoppage-time equalizer to tie the game 2-2. The result keeps the Xolos and the Rojinegros both unbeaten in three.
Tijuana had looked the better team to start the game, but it was Atlas who took the lead towards the end of the first half. Gibrán Lajud came off his line but didn’t get to a cross, allowing Facundo Barceló to head it into the empty net. 0-1.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended three players and one coach and fined a team in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 12 games.
The standout suspension goes to Antonio Briseño of Chivas de Guadalajara, who will miss the next four matches. Briseño was given a two-game suspension for serious foul play, with an additional two games added on, per Article 74 of the Regulations for Sanctions, due to the severity of the foul and the injury to Giovani dos Santos that resulted from it.
Atlas climbed into the playoff places – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 2-0 victory against Querétaro. The result ends the Rojinegros’ three-game winless streak, while the Gallos Blancos have now lost two in a row and are winless in four.
Atlas started the game off better and got forward into the attack, although shots by Osvaldo Martínez and Jairo Torres were more hopeful than dangerous. It ended up being an own-goal that gave the hosts the lead, with the unfortunate Alexis Pérez trying to clear a cross and instead sending it into his own net to make it 1-0 for Atlas.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as León came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps La Fiera unbeaten in seven, while the Rojinegros are now winless in three – although they did snap their two-game losing streak.
León started the game off stronger and had several dangerous chances early. In the 5th minute, Camilo Vargas made a good save to send the ball out for a corner, and the keeper followed that up with another stop on the ensuing corner to keep León from taking the lead.