Atlas snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory against 10-man Puebla. The result gave the Rojinegros just their second win of the season, ending a five-game winless run, while the Poblanos saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
Although Atlas remains at the foot of the table, their victory opens up an 11-point gap between themselves and Veracruz in the relegation standings with just 18 points left to play for.
10-man Monarcas Morelia earned a 2-1 victory against Atlas to keep the Rojinegros at the foot of the table. Atlas is winless in five and has lost their last three in a row.
Morelia came out attacking, but it wasn’t until the 33rd minute that they were able to open the scoring. Some poor defending allowed Rodrigo Millar to get his head to a corner kick, beating Miguel Fraga to make it 1-0.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended three players and a physical trainer in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 9 games.
Alejandro Arribas of Pumas UNAM and Milton Caraglio of Atlas were both suspended one game for using offensive or insulting language and/or gestures; the Rojinegros will also be without Rafael Márquez for one game after he was suspended for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Tigres UANL remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-0 victory against Atlas. The result keeps the Rojinegros rooted to the foot of the table with their fourth straight road loss, while the universitarios snapped a three-game winless streak.
Tigres came out attacking as they looked to get back to winning ways and they had several early chances, but the final touch was lacking. Then, in the 13th minute, Juan Pablo Vigón had a chance for Atlas, but he took too long to get his shot off and the defense intervened.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Necaxa on Tuesday night. The result lifts the Rojinegros out of last place – pending Lobos BUAP’s result – but keeps them winless in two, while the Rayos are now unbeaten in four.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to end their poor start to the season. Luis Reyes had the first chance of the game in the second minute, but his shot was off target. Atlas looked dangerous early on, but Marcelo Barovero kept them off the board.
Atlas came from behind to beat 9-man Cruz Azul 2-1, giving the Rojinegros their first win of the Clausura 2018 season. The result ends La Máquina’s unbeaten start to the season and leaves them winless in three.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, though, as they took the lead in the second minute. Brayan Garnica lost the ball trying to play out of the back; Martín Rodríguez sent a cross in from the left and Carlos Fierro headed it home to put Cruz Azul up 0-1 very early on.
Puebla vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (10th) fell 2-0 to Tijuana last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The Poblanos are unbeaten – and in fact perfect – at home, however, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc for this one. Puebla’s averaging two goals a game at home and they’ll look to take advantage of their opponent’s somewhat leaky defense in this one.
As for Chivas de Guadalajara (15th), el Rebaño fell 1-2 to Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless at home this season. Chivas is unbeaten on the road, though, with a win and a draw, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they visit Puebla in this one. Chivas has scored in every game they’ve played to date, but they’ve also conceded in all of them, allowing seven goals in four games.
América remained unbeaten in the Clausura 2018 with a 1-0 victory against Atlas. The result is a fourth straight loss for the Rojinegros, who have dropped into last place in the standings, while the Águilas earned their first home win of the season.
Rubén Omar Romano made his debut as Atlas coach, but it wasn’t enough for the Rojinegros to earn their first points of the season. Atlas started the game off well, though, with an early chance by Edwin Gómez that looked to surprise Agustín Marchesín.
Lobos BUAP vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (18th) fell 3-1 to Pachuca last weekend to remain winless this season. The licántropos have suffered three consecutive losses to start the Clausura, which has seen them drop down the relegation standings. Another loss here could see them fall as far as 17th in the Tabla de Cociente. Lobos’ defense has been their main problem; they’ve allowed nine goals to date, a league high. Although they’ve scored three goals of their own, they haven’t been able to make those goals stand up. They need to focus on keeping a clean sheet when they return home for this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (1st), the universitarios drew 0-0 with América last weekend in the Clásico Capitalino. The result keeps Pumas unbeaten this season, although they are no longer perfect. They got back to winning ways in midweek with a 3-0 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX and they’ll look for another league win here when they face the team on the opposite end of the table.
Santos Laguna 2-1 Toluca
Santos Laguna remained perfect in the Clausura 2018 Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Toluca in this Group 4 game. The result leaves the Diablos Rojos winless in this competition. Santos opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when Brian Lozano scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-0.
In the second half, Toluca found the equalizer. In the 66th minute, Fernando Uribe’s initial shot was saved but the rebound fell to Rodrigo Salinas, who made it 1-1. However, Santos soon retook the lead. In the 70th minute, Lozano hit the post, with the rebound then falling to Julio César Furch, who made it 2-1. Although Santos then went down to 10 men after Jorge Sánchez was red-cared, Toluca couldn’t take advantage as just minutes later they saw Pablo Barrientos sent off.
With the 2-1 win, Santos reaches six points while Toluca still has one.