Pumas UNAM kept themselves in the playoff conversation with a comprehensive 5-1 victory against 10-man Atlas. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the universitarios, while the Rojinegros have now lost two in a row.
The hosts started the game off strongly and they soon found their reward. In the 11th minute, Víctor Malcorra played a low cross to Carlos González, who knocked the ball home from the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-0 for Pumas.
Necaxa moved into first place in the table with a 0-2 away win against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in five and extends their road winning streak to five games, while the Rojinegros saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game startled off slowly, with neither team able to take control or create many chances of note going forward. Necaxa was gifted a chance when Camilo Vargas slipped as he attempted to clear the ball, but Jesús Angulo couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
Atlas moved into the thick of the playoff fight with a 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result keeps the Rojinegros unbeaten in four, while the Poblanos saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
Puebla, sitting near the foot of the table, was looking to gain some momentum after the international break. There were chances at both ends in the early going, although Nicolás Vikonis was the busier of the two goalkeepers, making notable saves against Osvaldo Martínez and Facundo Barceló to keep Puebla from falling behind.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end – after Tijuana picked up three red cards to finish the game with just 8 players – Atlas scored a stoppage-time equalizer to tie the game 2-2. The result keeps the Xolos and the Rojinegros both unbeaten in three.
Tijuana had looked the better team to start the game, but it was Atlas who took the lead towards the end of the first half. Gibrán Lajud came off his line but didn’t get to a cross, allowing Facundo Barceló to head it into the empty net. 0-1.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended three players and one coach and fined a team in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 12 games.
The standout suspension goes to Antonio Briseño of Chivas de Guadalajara, who will miss the next four matches. Briseño was given a two-game suspension for serious foul play, with an additional two games added on, per Article 74 of the Regulations for Sanctions, due to the severity of the foul and the injury to Giovani dos Santos that resulted from it.
Atlas climbed into the playoff places – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 2-0 victory against Querétaro. The result ends the Rojinegros’ three-game winless streak, while the Gallos Blancos have now lost two in a row and are winless in four.
Atlas started the game off better and got forward into the attack, although shots by Osvaldo Martínez and Jairo Torres were more hopeful than dangerous. It ended up being an own-goal that gave the hosts the lead, with the unfortunate Alexis Pérez trying to clear a cross and instead sending it into his own net to make it 1-0 for Atlas.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as León came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps La Fiera unbeaten in seven, while the Rojinegros are now winless in three – although they did snap their two-game losing streak.
León started the game off stronger and had several dangerous chances early. In the 5th minute, Camilo Vargas made a good save to send the ball out for a corner, and the keeper followed that up with another stop on the ensuing corner to keep León from taking the lead.
Toluca earned their first away win of the season with a 0-1 victory against Atlas. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Diablos Rojos while the Rojinegros have now lost two in a row.
Atlas was looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to rivals Chivas de Guadalajara in the Clásico Tapatío, and returning home to the Estadio Jalisco to face a struggling team seemed like a promising opportunity to do so. The game did not go as planned for the hosts, though.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended seven players and one coach and fined a player in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 9 games.
The standout suspension goes to Miguel Layún of Monterrey, who was given a two-game suspension for violent conduct.
The other six players were all suspended for one game: Francisco Córdova of América, José Esquivel of FC Juárez, Francisco Acuña of Puebla, and Aldo Cruz of Tijuana all for serious foul play, and Luis Quiñones of Tigres UANL and Jorge Segura of Atlas for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the bragging rights in the Apertura 2019 edition of the Clásico Tapatío with a 1-0 victory against 10-man Atlas. The result keeps El Rebaño unbeaten in two while the Rojinegros saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
The hosts started the game off strongly and kept the ball largely in Atlas’s defensive third. Their first chance came in the 7th minute through Dieter Villalpando, but his shot was easily saved by Camilo Vargas. In the 11th minute, Villalpando created a dangerous opportunity that Isaác Brizuela was unable to convert.