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.
Despite a late red card, Atlas earned a 3-0 victory against América. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Rojinegros, while the Águilas suffered their first loss of the Apertura 2019 season.
In the first half, Atlas controlled the majority of possession, but it was América that had the better chances. In the 14th minute, Renato Ibarra went one-on-one with the keeper but wasted the opportunity; later, Atlas thought they should’ve had a penalty for handball on Paul Aguilar, but after VAR review the protests were waved away.
Cruz Azul earned their first road win of the season as they beat Atlas 1-3. The result gives La Máquina back-to-back victories while the Rojinegros have now lost two of their last three.
The visitors looked the better side from the start, while Atlas struggled to keep possession or string passes together. Their best chance of the half came in the 10th minute with a shot by Lorenzo Reyes; other than that, it was all Cruz Azul.
Veracruz took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlas came back for a 1-2 away win. The result extends the Tiburones Rojos’ record-setting league winless streak to 30 games, while the Rojinegros remain perfect on the road in the Apertura.
The game – for once – started off well for Veracruz. In the 10th minute, they earned a corner kick that turned into a goal, with Cristian Menéndez heading the ball home to make it 1-0 with his first goal in 10 months.
Santos Laguna made it three wins out of three as they picked up a 1-2 away victory against Atlas. The result ends the Rojinegros’ own perfect start to the season, and ends their perfect defensive run as well.
Atlas set up in an attacking formation as they looked to keep their winning streak alive at home, but Santos adapted well to it and began to pressure the hosts high up the field. Atlas had a throw deep in their defensive end, and Santos picked it off, with Brian Lozano stealing the ball off Diego Barbosa and making it 0-1 in the 16th minute.
Atlas remained perfect in the Apertura 2019 with a 0-1 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result gives the michoacanos back-to-back losses to start the season.
Morelia came out attacking as they looked to put last week’s loss behind them and they created a number of chances throughout the first half. One of their best chances came in the 26th minute through Fernando Aristeguieta, but his shot from outside the box went inches wide.
A deluge delayed kickoff by close to an hour, but the game eventually went ahead and Atlas emerged the victors with a 1-0 win against FC Juárez.
The conditions left the field sloppy and, as is typical for the first game of the season, play was somewhat disjointed. The Bravos had the better of it in the opening minutes, but Atlas soon took control.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended eight players and two coaches in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 16 games.
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.