Pumas UNAM claimed bragging rights in the Clásico Capitalino with a 1-0 victory against América. The result gave the universitarios their first home win of the season and their second win in a row, while the Águilas suffered a second straight defeat.
The game was high-energy from the beginning, no surprise in a rivalry match, and the first good chance came in just the 5th minute. América won a free kick in a dangerous position and Nicolás Castillo sent his attempt just over the bar.
Pumas UNAM vs América – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (15th) beat Querétaro 0-2 last weekend to give them a long-awaited first victory of the Clausura. The universitarios will now look for their first home win when they return to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this rivalry match. Pumas is unbeaten at home, with a string of draws, but they’ll be looking for more in this Clásico Capitalino – especially since they’re facing the team who bounced them out of the playoffs last season with a humiliating 6-1 loss.
As for América (8th), the Águilas fell 0-3 to León last weekend to send them into this rivalry match on the back of a loss. América has alternated wins and losses over the past four weeks, and they’ll hope that pattern means they’ll be due a victory in the Clásico. They’ve been a strong attacking team, scoring two or more goals in every match until last weekend’s, and they’ll look for another goal-filled performance in this one.
León ended América’s perfect home record with a comfortable 0-3 away win. The result is a third straight victory for La Fiera, while the Águilas have now lost two of their last three.
The visitors started the game off strongly and took the lead in the 12th minute. Agustín Marchesín made a good save on a free kick, but Ángel Mena kept the rebound in play and sent the ball to the back post, where José Macías volleyed it home to make it 0-1.
Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (18th) fell 2-0 to América last weekend to keep them winless and pointless this season. The Gallos Blancos have suffered through five straight losses and have the worst defensive record in the league with 11 goals allowed. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they suffered a 2-3 loss to Zacatepec in the Copa MX, which will not help their confidence at all going into this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (16th), the universitarios drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless this season as well – although they also remained unbeaten at home. Pumas did look improved under the direction of new coach Bruno Marioni, though, and they’ll now look for their first win of the season against the league’s basement dwellers. Pumas will also have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not play a midweek game.
América got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Querétaro. The result keeps the Águilas perfect at home this season, while the Gallos Blancos are still searching for their first point of the Clausura after losing their fifth straight game.
América came out attacking and found their first chance in just the 2nd minute, when Roger Martínez’s header forced a save out of Nicolás Navarro. Soon afterward, they had another chance through Guido Rodríguez, but once again the keeper intervened.
América vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
América (8th) fell 3-2 to Monterrey last weekend in a wild game that saw the Águilas lose their perfect record. They also picked up a pair of red cards in that game, and they’ll be without the suspended Jorge Sánchez and Emanuel Aguilera for this one as a result. América has one of the best attacking records in the league, though, with at least two goals scored in all of their league games to date, and they’ll look to take advantage of a vulnerable opponent to get back to winning ways here. They couldn’t win – or score – in midweek, though, where they fell 2-0 to San Luis in the Copa MX.
As for Querétaro (18th), the Gallos Blancos fell 0-4 to León last weekend to keep them winless and pointless in the Clausura 2019. Querétaro has suffered through four straight defeats while conceding a league-high 11 goals; they’ve managed just two of their own. The Gallos need to get it together ASAP if they want to avoid a historically bad season, but the Azteca is an intimidating place to be looking for their first win. Querétaro will be better-rested for this game, though, as they did not have a midweek match.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players and a coach, upheld a red card appeal, and overturned two others in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 4 games.
The Committee received three petitions of nonconformity regarding the red cards given to América’s Jorge Sánchez and Monterrey’s Avilés Hurtado and Nicolás Sánchez during the eventful game between the two sides this past Saturday.
In a wild game that finished 9 vs 9, Monterrey pulled out a 3-2 win against América to remain unbeaten this season. The result lifts the Rayados to first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – while the Águilas suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The game appeared to start off miserably for the Rayados, with Avilés Hurtado earning a straight red card in just the 5th minute of the match following a collision with Agustín Marchesín. Referee Fernando Guerrero initially waved the play off, but after consulting VAR, Hurtado was ejected.
Cruz Azul vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Cruz Azul (9th) beat Tigres UANL 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. La Máquina are still winless at home, though, which they’ll look to change in this one. Their games have all been close this season, with Cruz Azul neither scoring nor allowing more than a single goal per game – although they did score twice in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-2.
As for Tijuana (12th), the Xolos beat León 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season as well. That game also gave the Xolos their first points, their first clean sheet, and their first goal, and they’ll look to replicate those stats in this one. They fell in the Copa MX in midweek, however, losing 2-1 to Pachuca, but they’ll look to set that aside and return their focus to league play in this one.
América remained perfect this season with a 3-0 victory against Pachuca. The result is a second bad road loss for the Tuzos, while the Águilas continued their strong start to the season.
The game started off fairly evenly, with neither team able to take control. But then a set piece gave América the lead; Renato Ibarra sent in a corner kick, and Guido Rodríguez appeared unmarked to send it home in the 16th minute. 1-0.