Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti and Puebla coach José Luis Sánchez Solá were both given one-game suspensions for insulting and/or showing a lack of respect towards players or members of the coaching staff after the pair were involved in an altercation.
Pachuca had a goal disallowed but still did enough to beat 9-man Atlas 1-0. The result gives the Tuzos eight consecutive home wins, keeping them perfect in the Estadio Hidalgo and guaranteeing them a playoff spot, while the Rojinegros have now lost three in a row.
The star of the game was VAR, which intervened on several notable occasions. The first VAR incident came in the 6th minute; following review, the yellow card given to Andrés Andrade for a hard tackle on Jorge Hernández was changed to a straight red, leaving the visitors with 10 just minutes into the game.
León came out attacking and they kept the pressure on Atlas; José Hernández made several saves to keep Atlas in the game, but he couldn’t stop Ángel Mena in the 15th minute. Rubens Sambueza sent a cross to the far post and Mena ran in to stab the ball home: 1-0.
Necaxa controlled the game from start to finish as Atlas continued to struggle to put on consistent performances at home. The Rayos had several early chances, with both the woodwork and the goalkeeper working hard to keep them off the board. But their persistence paid off in the 26th minute, when Fernando González made it 0-1 for the visitors.
A late goal gave Atlas a 0-1 road victory against Veracruz on Friday night. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in the Clausura and rooted to the foot of the table, while the Rojinegros have picked up back-to-back victories.
Veracruz had the better of the run of play in the first half, but their anemic offense couldn’t find the breakthrough; the Tiburones have been shut out in 10 of their 13 league games this season. Cristian Menéndez came closest with his 12th minute effort, but Anderson Santamaría cleared it away.
Atlas grabbed a late goal to earn a 1-0 victory against Santos Laguna on Friday night. The result snaps a six-game losing streak for the Rojinegros, while giving the Laguneros back-to-back losses and keeping them winless in four.
The first half started off slowly, with little intensity. Atlas struggled to find clear chances in the final third, while Santos controlled possession but were unable to do much with it until the final few minutes. In the 37th, Brayan Garnica had a chance but Jesús Gómez cleared the ball off the line.
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.