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.
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.
Atlas finally earned their first victory of the Apertura 2018 with a 2-0 win against 10-man Toluca. The result snaps a six-game losing streak for the Rojinegros, while the Diablos Rojos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
With Atlas’s supporters’ groups absenting themselves from the stadium in protest, the pressure on the hosts to find their first victory of the season was higher than ever. Toluca looked the stronger team and created a few notable goal-scoring chances, but José Hernández made the necessary saves to keep the game goalless.
Cruz Azul got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Atlas. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season, while the Rojinegros remain winless in the Apertura 2018.
Cruz Azul came out attacking as they looked to put their first loss of the season behind them. They took the lead in the 18th minute, when Adrián Aldrete scored a golazo from outside the box as he recovered a loose ball in midfield, took it downfield, and then sent his shot from distance into the upper corner to make it 1-0.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players and upheld one red card appeal and overturned another in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 9 games.
Atlas filed a petition of nonconformity regarding the red card given to Lorenzo Reyes, which was upheld, clearing Reyes to play in the Rojinegros’ next game. Veracruz’s petition, regarding the card given to Luiz Caicedo, was overturned, and he will be suspended for the Tiburones Rojos’ next match.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL came back for a 3-1 win. The result keeps the Rojinegros winless this season, although they have now at least managed to get on the scoresheet, while the universitarios extended their unbeaten streak to three games.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, who snapped their season-long scoreless streak in just the 2nd minute. Andrés Andrade received the ball in midfield, beat Jesús Dueñas, Jorge Torres Nilo, and Hugo Ayala, and then sent his low shot between Nahuel Guzmán’s legs to make it 0-1 for Atlas.
Cruz Azul vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (1st) drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to end a two-game winning streak but keep them unbeaten this season. They suffered their first loss in all competitions in midweek, though, where they fell 1-0 to Atlas in the Copa MX. La Máquina will look to remain unbeaten in league play – and remain in first place – with a victory against a struggling Veracruz side in this one. Cruz Azul has the best defensive record in the league, having conceded just two goals through seven games, and they have yet to allow a single goal at home.
As for Veracruz (15th), the Tiburones Rojos beat Tijuana 1-0 last weekend to end a two-game losing streak. They’ve struggled to score this season though, with just five goals total and just two on the road, which doesn’t bode well for them going up against the league’s best defense. Veracruz’s own defensive record is the worst in the league with 13 goals allowed, but they’ll try hope to surprise what may well be an over-confidant Cruz Azul side here.