Atlas came out attacking and less than a minute after the whistle blew they had the ball in the back of the net. However, Juan Pablo Vigón’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Atlas beat Santos Laguna by the minimum difference in the last game of match week 13. The result leaves the Laguneros winless at home this season and winless in four overall, while the Rojinegros extended their winning streak to three games.
Santos was looking to get their season on track and they created chances from the beginning. But despite having several point-blank opportunities, they couldn’t find the breakthrough as Óscar Ustari made the necessary saves.
Atlas gained some ground in the Tabla de Cociente with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz. The result puts the Rojinegros two points ahead of the Tiburones Rojos in the relegation standings, and they have a game in hand as well.
The visitors, who were looking to move out of last place in the Tabla de Cociente, started the game better. In the 10th minute, the Tiburones came within inches of opening the scoring when they hit the crossbar following a corner kick; the ball then rebounded off Juan Pablo Vigón and nearly ended up in the net.
The visitors took an early lead thanks to a goalkeeping error. In the 8th minute, Juan Pablo Vigón tried his luck from distance, and Moisés Muñoz fumbled the ball, allowing it to slide by and nestle into the net. 0-1.
Monterrey created chances from the beginning as the highest-scoring attack in the league looked to find the breakthrough. Rogelio Funes Mori was particularly active, and in the 7th minute it looked like he would open the scoring as Monterrey earned a penalty kick after a foul in the box by José Madueña.
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (7th) drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in three. La Máquina has three times as many draws as wins in the Apertura – six and two, respectively – and they need to start picking up all three points if they want to stay in the top eight. They do have the second-best defensive record in the league, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Azul for this one.
As for Santos Laguna (14th), the Laguneros drew 0-0 with Toluca last weekend to remain unbeaten in three but also winless at home this season. Their lone win of the Apertura came on the road, and they’ll look for another one here. They picked up an away win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat FC Juárez 0-3.
The nine group winners and seven best second-place teams advanced to the Round of Sixteen, where they were seeded and paired up based on the number of points earned in the group stage.
The Round of Sixteen games will be held between September 19th and 21st.
The Apertura 2017 Jornada 8 game between Atlas and Tigres UANL has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Friday, September 9 at 9 PM local time, the game was postponed due to problems with the jumbo 360° TV screen installed over the center of the field.
The new addition to the Estadio Jalisco does not meet the height requirements, being too close to the field.
The game in the Estadio Jalisco has been suspended, the @TigresOficial team is returning to Monterrey
Puebla vs Cruz Azul – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (18th) fell 2-1 to Toluca last time out to send the Poblanos into last place in the table. Puebla has lost their last two and is winless at home this season with two draws and a loss. Also of concern to Puebla is their position in the Tabla de Cociente that controls relegation; another loss here could see them fall as low as 16th. A combination of an anemic offense (four goals scored) and a leaky defense (12 goals allowed) has kept Puebla struggling, and they need to right the ship as soon as possible.
As for Cruz Azul (6th), La Máquina drew 1-1 with Monterrey last time out to remain unbeaten this season. They have just two wins to their name, though, with their other five games all ending in draws. They’ll look to keep their unbeaten streak alive and get back to winning ways when they take on a struggling Puebla side in this one.
Necaxa snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory against Atlas. The result leaves the Rojinegros winless in five and extends their road losing streak to three games. Of even more concern for Atlas: the loss drops them into last place in the Tabla de Cociente, pending Veracruz’s game on Sunday.
Necaxa came out looking to make their home-field advantage count and they created chances from the opening whistle. The breakthrough came in the 17th minute, when the unfortunate Facundo Erpen turned the ball into his own net after Miguel Fraga gave up a rebound on a Pablo Velázquez shot. The own-goal made it 1-0 for the Rayos.