Pumas UNAM took a 2-0 lead but failed to hold it as Atlas scored in stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten at home but winless overall this season, while the Rojinegros remain unbeaten on the road.
Pumas came out looking to earn their first victory of the Clausura in front of their home fans, and although Atlas was organized in the back the hosts were able to take advantage of a set piece to open the scoring in the 23rd minute.
Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (13th) fell 2-1 to Necaxa last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. That result also keeps the universitarios winless in league play. They did win the Copa MX, however, where they picked up a 0-2 win against Leones Negros on Wednesday night. They’ll look to build on that result when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one, but Pumas wasn’t particularly successful at home last season, earning just two wins in eight games.
As for Atlas (8th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to América last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. Atlas is unbeaten on the road so far this season, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. They’ve already earned more points on the road this season than they did in the entirety of the Apertura, and they’ll hope to take advantage of Pumas’ home inconsistencies. They’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game.
América started their season as reigning champions with a 1-2 away win against Atlas. The result gets the Águilas’ Clausura 2019 off to a positive start, while the Rojinegros suffered their first loss of the young season.
The game was intense from the opening whistle, with América attacking and Atlas struggling to contain them. The hosts picked up a pair of early yellow cards for fouls that broke up América attacks, but Atlas also managed a a few chances of their own, with Andrés Santamaría having the most notable one with a shot that went just wide.
Veracruz vs Lobos BUAP – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (10th) drew 0-0 with Pumas UNAM last weekend, and the Tiburones Rojos will look to build on that away point when they return home for this one. Veracruz is in serious danger of relegation, with only one team within realistic reach: their opponent tonight, Lobos BUAP. Taking three points from their relegation rival would be a huge step in Veracruz’s quest to remain in the first division, while a loss here could seriously harm their chances. The Tiburones Rojos will be concentrating on getting their first goal of the season here, as finding the net was something they struggled with in the Apertura.
As for Lobos BUAP (4th), the Licántropos got their Clausura underway with a 2-0 victory against Santos Laguna last weekend. They fell 0-1 to Mineros de Zacatecas in the Copa MX in midweek, though, although that starting XI had exactly zero players in common with their league starting XI, a sign of how important this match against Veracruz is in the relegation fight. Lobos struggled on the road in the Apertura, but they can’t afford to do so here, and Veracruz is a team that’s been vulnerable at home.
Querétaro took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlas came back for a 1-2 away win in their Clausura 2019 opener. The result ends a 17-game road winless streak for the Rojinegros that stretched back more than a calendar year.
The game started off without any great rhythm, with more fouls than goal-scoring chances. The Gallos Blancos did have one good early look in the 5th minute, with Camilo Sanvezzo sending a dangerous free kick into the mixer, but Atlas was able to clear their lines.
Monterrey wrapped up their regular season with a 3-1 victory against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three – and gives them a fourth straight home win – while the Rojinegros finish winless in four and winless on the road.
Monterrey had the better of the early chances, with Jesús Gallardo and Clifford Aboagye creating opportunities; then, in the 24th minute, the hosts were awarded a penalty kick following a handball in the box.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Atlas and Pachuca played out a 0-0 draw. The result ends a two-game winning streak for the Tuzos, but keeps them unbeaten in four, while the Rojinegros are winless in three but unbeaten in four after a string of draws.
Pachuca, looking to strengthen their position in the playoff fight, came out attacking and had the first chance of the game in just the 3rd minute when Franco Jara tried his luck from outside the box. But José Hernández was alert to the danger and sent the ball out for a corner kick.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended five players and upheld a red-card appeal in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 15 games.
Adrián Aldrete of Cruz Azul and Mauro Lainez of Lobos BUAP will miss their next match after receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Santiago García of Toluca was given a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
Both teams led at one time or another, but in the end Necaxa and Atlas had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos winless in five, while the Rojinegros are unbeaten in two but remain winless on the road this season.
Both teams came into this one in serious need of points, but it was the hosts who looked better in the early going. But Necaxa’s early pressure came to naught and it was the visitors who took the lead in the 24th minute.
In a game where both teams led at one point or another – and where VAR was used in Liga MX for the first time – Atlas scored in stoppage time for a 4-3 victory against Veracruz. The result gives the Rojinegros just their second win of the season, while the Tiburones Rojos saw their winless streak grow to six games.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Diego Chávez got free on the right, got past Leiton Jiménez, and cut the ball back from the end line for Cristian Menéndez, who finished it off to make it 0-1 for Veracruz.