Atlas extended their home unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 victory against Pachuca. The Tuzos are now winless in six and goalless in the same span, although tonight they had the excuse of resting a number of starters with an eye towards Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League final.
The first half was a largely even affair, with both teams looking to strengthen their positioning in the playoff race. The visitors had the first clear chance in the 28th minute, when Hirving Lozano found Erick Aguirre in the box, but Brayan Garnica was there to clear the ball with the goalkeeper beaten.
Santos Laguna took the early lead but Atlas scored late to tie it as this game finished 1-1. The result leaves both teams winless in two, but Atlas remains unbeaten at home in four and Santos is unbeaten in five overall.
The visitors took the lead in the 8th minute when Walter Sandoval took the ball into the box, got it back from Julio César Furch, and shot past Miguel Ángel Fraga to make it 0-1.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Pumas UNAM. The result keeps the Rojinegros unbeaten in three while the universitarios are now winless in two.
The hosts had their first dangerous opportunity in the 13th minute, but Alfredo Saldívar saved Pumas as he made the first stop on Matías Alustiza with a kick-save and then smothered Martín Barragán’s follow-up header.
Atlas ended their three-game winless streak in emphatic fashion with a 1-4 away win against Querétaro. The result is a second straight loss for the Gallos Blancos and their third loss in their last four games.
The visitors took the lead early on, with Martín Barragán heading home a cross from Matías Alustiza to put Atlas in front in the 12th minute. Before Querétaro could react to falling behind, Alustiza got on the score sheet himself as he made it 0-2 for the Rojinegros in the 17th minute.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it in this wild game that finished 3-3 between the Rojinegros and Tijuana, who ended the night with 10 men. The result keeps Atlas winless in three while the Xolos are now winless in two.
The hosts opened the scoring early on from a set piece. Manuel Gibrán Lajud failed to deal with a corner kick and Matías Alustiza was there to make it 1-0 for Atlas.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended five players and one coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 11 games.
Miguel Herrera, coach of Tijuana, will be sidelined for the Xolos’ next two games. Herrera was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for a lack of respect towards the match officials.
Monterrey moved into first place in the table with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Atlas. The win keeps the Rayados unbeaten at home this season while the Rojinegros are now winless in two.
The hosts started the game off strongly, with their first good chance coming in just the second minute. However, Dorlan Pabón was unable to put his shot on target after receiving a through ball in the box.
Toluca 3-1 Celaya (Group 8)
Toluca remained atop Group 8 with a 3-1 victory over Celaya. The result sees the Diablos Rojos advance to the round of sixteen while Celaya is eliminated. Toluca was assured of first in the group regardless of tonight’s result, and although they started the game off better it was the visitors who took the lead. In the 13th minute, Celaya won a penalty kick and Rodrigo López converted it to give the Toros the 0-1 lead. Toluca thought they had tied it just before halftime, but Alfredo Moreno’s would-be goal was disallowed after it was ruled that the ball had gone out of play in the buildup.
Nevertheless, Toluca rallied in the second half. In the 62nd minute, Rubens Sambueza scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-1; then, in the 72nd minute, the referee pointed to the penalty spot again, this time in favor of the hosts. Enrique Triverio converted the PK to make it 2-1, and then Fernando Uribe sealed the victory with his goal in the 87th minute.
With the 3-1 win, Toluca reaches 10 points while Celaya still has two.