The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. Nicolás Castillo was unmarked in the box and got to a cross from Jesús Gallardo, sending his low shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 for Pumas.
Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) earned a come-from-behind 2-3 away win against Pachuca last weekend, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going with another win when they return home for this one. The universitarios will be inspired after last week’s win, where they came from two goals down to earn a victory, and they’ll be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (16th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to León last weekend and then followed that up with a 0-1 loss to Veracruz in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas will look to turn things around here when they go on the road, and they did have a marginally better road record than home record last season. Nevertheless, back-to-back losses with just one goal scored between them won’t have done much for Atlas’s confidence.
Toluca 2-2 Mineros de Zacatecas
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Toluca and Mineros de Zacatecas had to settle for a 2-2 draw in this Group 4 game. The visitors surprised Toluca by taking the lead in just the 6th minute, when Guillermo Martínez received the ball at the top of the box, cut inside, and made it 0-1 for Mineros. But the Diablos Rojos tied it up before halftime, with Ángel Reyna playing a free kick to Alexis Canelo, whose low shot went through the wall to make it 1-1 in the 31st minute.
Then, in the second half, Toluca took the lead through Luis Quiñones, who found the left-hand corner in the 59th minute. But the hosts relaxed after taking the lead, which allowed Mineros to score a late equalizer. In the 83rd minute, Miguel Velázquez played in Eder Cruz, whose first-time shot made it 2-2.
With the 2-2 draw, Toluca and Mineros both reach one point.
León picked up a 1-2 away win against Atlas in their season opener on Friday night, making it the first time La Fiera has won in the Estadio Jalisco since 2013, while the Rojinegros were unable to overcome a poor start in front of their home crowd.
León created the first chance of the game through Luis Montes, and although Miguel Ángel Fraga was able to keep that shot out, it wasn’t long before the visitors opened the scoring. In the 19th minute, Mauro Boselli received the ball in the box, brought it down, got past the goalkeeper, and made it 0-1.
Monterrey was in the driver’s seat going into this game, with a first leg victory, two away goals, and their status as the higher seed. Atlas needed to score early to give themselves hope of mounting a comeback and they had a chance in the second minute from a corner kick, but Jaine Barreiro couldn’t put his attempt on frame.
The superlíderes took the lead early on. Javier Salas stopped an attack by Rogelio Funes Mori, but then lost the ball to Dorlan Pabón. He returned the ball to Funes Mori, who made it 0-1 for Monterrey in the 4th minute.
The quarterfinals will begin this week, with the first legs in midweek and the return legs over the weekend. There is one clásico in this round, with América and Cruz Azul contesting the Clásico Joven.
The complete match-ups are as follows:
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca scored a last-minute goal to tie the game 1-1. The draw leaves the Rojinegros waiting on other results to see if they will qualify for the playoffs; Pachuca was out of playoff contention before tonight’s game.
Atlas came out attacking, knowing that a win would put them into the Liguilla. Óscar Pérez was kept busy from the opening whistle as he looked to keep the hosts off the board.
In the Apertura 2017 edition of the Clásico Tapatío, Atlas claimed the bragging rights with a 1-2 away win against Chivas de Guadalajara. The result snaps a two-game winning streak for El Rebaño, while the Rojinegros are now unbeaten in six.
Atlas had the first good chance of the game in the third minute, when Milton Caraglio put his header on frame, but Rodolfo Cota was there to make the save. Then, in the 28th minute, the visitors opened the scoring.
While taking a routine clearance during Atlas’s rescheduled Jornada 8 game, Ustari’s left knee appeared to dislocate. The keeper suffered a ruptured patellar tendon and underwent surgery this Friday.