América, Atlas, and Chivas de Guadalajara filed petitions of nonconformity regarding the red cards given to Edson Álvarez, Jaine Barreiro, and Jair Pereira, respectively, and all three petitions were upheld, meaning those three players have been cleared to participate in Jornada 6.
América extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-3 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result is a second straight loss for the licántropos and their first loss at home in the Estadio Universitario BUAP.
The visitors opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark, with William da Silva making it 0-1 in the 32nd minute. Before Lobos could react to falling behind, Carlos Darwin Quintero made it 0-2 in the 33rd.
Lobos BUAP vs América – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) fell 2-0 to Pumas UNAM to end their unbeaten start to the Apertura 2017. The licántropos are still unbeaten at home, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have the best attacking record in the league and they’ll look to show that last weekend’s shutout loss was just an anomaly.
As for América (2nd), the Águilas beat Atlas 0-1 last weekend to give them three wins in a row. They won in midweek as well, with a come-from-behind 2-3 away victory against Potros UAEM in the Copa MX. América is perfect on the road this season and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in their visit to the newly-promoted side. They have one of the best defensive records in the league and they’ll look to shutout Lobos’ high-flying attack here. They will, however, be without the suspended Bruno Valdez.
Necaxa 4-0 Mineros de Zacatecas (Group 9)
Necaxa remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Mineros de Zacatecas. The result leaves Mineros winless in the competition. The Rayos took an early lead and never looked back, with Martín Barragán finishing off a low cross from Daniel Álvarez in the third minute to make it 1-0. Then, in the 7th minute, Necaxa earned a penalty kick after Víctor Dávila was fouled in the box. Barragán took and converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.
Mineros tried to overcome the early deficit, but the chances did not go their way. The visitors had a golden opportunity to get back into the game with a penalty of their own, but Roberto Nurse saw his PK saved by Aarón Fernández. Then in the second half, Necaxa put the game completely out of reach. Dávila scored a volley to make it 3-0 and then Dieter Villalpando scored direct from a free kick to make it 4-0 in the 74th.
With the 4-0 win, Necaxa reaches seven points while Mineros still have zero.
Atlas missed a penalty and América made one as the Águilas picked up a 0-1 win despite finishing the game with just 10 men. The loss is a second straight one for the Rojinegros, while América has now won three in a row.
Atlas players all wore “Márquez 4” jerseys in the pregame ceremonies in a show of support for their captain, Rafa Márquez, who has been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for alleged drug trafficking ties. Márquez has categorically denied the accusations and Atlas has given him a leave of absence while he deals with the situation.
Puebla vs Tijuana – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (16th) fell 2-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Poblanos earned their lone point to date at home in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc and they’ll look to build on that to get their first victory when they return home for this one. They’ll be without the suspended Pablo Cáceres, though. In addition, they’ve scored just once in three games while allowing seven goals – and both of those stats will need to be improved upon if they want to get that first win. Puebla will take heart, however, that they’re facing another struggling team in this one.
As for Tijuana (18th), the Xolos fell 0-3 to Monterrey last weekend to remain winless, goalless, and pointless in league play this season. They couldn’t win in midweek, either, as they drew 1-1 with Atlante in the Copa MX. They did at least score in that game, though, and they’ll look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense to find their first league goal in this one. The Xolos need to earn something here if they want to avoid spending another week in last place in the table.
Zacatepec 2-1 Tigres UANL (Group 5)
Zacatepec remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Tigres UANL. The result leaves the universitarios winless in Group 5. The visitors started the game off well with chances from Enner Valencia and Luis Cruz, but they couldn’t capitalize on them. Instead, the hosts took the lead in the 17th minute, when Armando González beat Enrique Palos from close range to make it 1-0.
Zacatepec added to their lead 10 minutes later after a penalty call in their favor. Luis Márquez converted the spot kick to make it 2-0. Tigres looked to respond in the second half, and they were able to reduce the deficit in the 78th minute. Damián Álvarez got free on the left, cut inside, and sent his shot past Víctor Hugo Hernández to make it 2-1. That goal set up a frenetic finale as Tigres pushed for an equalizer, but in the end Zacatepec held on to the lead.
With the 2-1 win, Zacatepec reaches four points while Tigres still have one.
Pumas had the first chance of the game in the 4th minute, when Nicolás Castillo won the ball, got around his defenders, and took a shot that was just wide. Castillo came close again from a free kick, but Agustín Marchesín was there to deny him.
Lobos BUAP vs Pachuca – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) earned a comprehensive 0-4 away win against Querétaro last weekend to keep the licántropos unbeaten this season. They’ll now look for their first home win when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos will be without injured goalkeeper Lucero Álvarez, but they’re tied for the most prolific attack in the league to date and they’ll look to keep their streak going here.
As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos fell 0-2 to América last weekend to remain winless, pointless, and goalless in league play. They did score – and win – in the Copa MX in midweek, a 0-1 win against Cimarrones. They’ll now look to get off the mark in league play against a surprisingly dangerous newly-promoted team.