Juan Pablo Vigón of Atlas, Efraín Velarde of Monarcas Morelia, and Alan Acosta of Puebla were all given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Cruz Azul continued their climb up the table with a 0-2 away win against Atlas. The result gives La Máquina back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in three, while the Rojinegros have now lost five in a row.
The visitors came out attacking and had their first good chance in the 3rd minute, but Milton Caraglio couldn’t get his header on target. That was a sign of things to come, though, as Atlas was unable to deal with Cruz Azul’s pressure.
Bruno Valdez of América and Colin Kazim-Richards of Veracruz were given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Daniel Arreola of Puebla was suspended for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
A stoppage-time penalty kick gave Tigres UANL the 0-1 away win against Atlas on Friday night. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten on the road and lifts them into first place – pending the rest of this weekend’s games – while the Rojinegros have now lost three in a row.
Atlas came out attacking as they looked to halt their poor run of form. In the 8th minute, Nahuel Guzmán gave up a rebound that Juan Pablo Vigón pounced on, but his shot went over the bar. Facundo Barceló then had a chance from a header, but he couldn’t find the target.
Chivas de Guadalajara snagged the bragging rights in the Clausura 2019 Clásico Tapatío with a comfortable 3-0 win against rivals Atlas. The result keeps El Rebaño unbeaten in three and unbeaten at home this season, while the Rojinegros have now lost two in a row.
The game started off well for the hosts, who opened the scoring in just the 7th minute. Atlas lost the ball trying to play out of the back, with Nicolás Pareja’s attempted clearance hitting Carlos Cisneros. Alexis Vega pounced on the rebound and slotted it past José Hernández to make it 1-0 for Chivas.
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (10th) drew 1-1 with Toluca last weekend to remain winless in two. They’ll look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Azteca, the scene of their last league victory, for this one. La Máquina has had some trouble scoring this season, though, with just four goals through six games and just one goal at home. On the other hand, they’re tied for the second-best defensive record in the league with only five goals allowed and three clean sheets. They’ll look to eke out another close win here.
As for Santos Laguna (9th), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to also remain winless in two. Santos is winless on the road as well, with two losses and a draw on their travels, and they’ll look to change that stat here. Like Cruz Azul, Santos hasn’t been all that prolific in front of goal, and they have yet to score more than one goal in a game. Changing that against Cruz Azul’s stingy defense might prove difficult.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-2 victory. The result snaps the Rojinegros’ two-game winning streak and three-game unbeaten streak, while the Poblanos have now won two in a row on the road.
Atlas started the game off stronger and had several early chances. Then, in the 15th minute, they took the lead. Jesús Isijara received a corner kick unmarked at the top of the six-yard box, took a touch, and sent his shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Veracruz vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) drew 0-0 with Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to end a three-game losing streak. The Tiburones Rojos are still winless in league play, though, and they also have yet to score a single goal. With relegation looking ever more inevitable, Veracruz needs to start winning ASAP if they want to make it a fight rather than a foregone conclusion. They’ll look to get on track when they return to the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente for this one, but they have yet to earn a point at home this season.
As for Tigres UANL (3rd), the universitarios beat Santos Laguna last weekend to give them a two-game winning streak. Tigres are also unbeaten on the road this season, where they have two wins and a draw, and they’ll look to add to Veracruz’s home woes in this one. Tigres also has one of the best defensive records this season, with less than a goal per game allowed on average, which doesn’t bode well for Veracruz’s toothless attack. A win here would life Tigres into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – which will give them plenty of motivation.
Both teams came out attacking as they looked to put their mark on the game, and there were chances at either end. Hernán Darío Burbano had the first notable chance for the visitors, while Morelia responded with shots by Sebastián Vegas and Edison Flores.
Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) drew 0-0 with Necaxa last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. Morelia is unbeaten in two overall, though, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one. The michoacanos will also look for some more consistent scoring; they’ve managed just three goals in their four league games – although all of those goals have come at home.
As for Atlas (4th), the Rojinegros beat Lobos BUAP 3-1 last weekend to keep them unbeaten in two – and give them their first home win of the season. They did fall at home in midweek, where they lost 1-2 to Pumas UNAM in the Copa MX, but they’ll look to put that result behind them when they return to league play here. Atlas is unbeaten on the road in the Clausura, with a win and a draw, and they’ve also scored multiple goals in three of their four league games; they’ll look to outshoot Morelia’s misfiring attack in this one.