Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday night that leaves La Máquina with just one win in their last nine. Meanwhile, the universitarios extended their unbeaten streak to four games.
Both teams had chances in the first half, but the final touch was lacking. Martín Cauteruccio was particularly profligate for Cruz Azul, as the Uruguayan failed to capitalize on no fewer than three good opportunities.
Cruz Azul came from behind to beat Santos Laguna 1-3 in the Clausura 2017 Copa MX quarterfinals.
The hosts took the lead early on, with Djaniny making it 1-0 in the 11th minute. Gabriel Peñalba lost the ball as he tried to play out of the back, with Djaniny driving towards goal, getting past Enzo Roco, and beating Jesús Corona to put Santos in front.
However, Cruz Azul responded quickly. In the 21st minute, Chaco Giménez switched the field for Joao Rojas, who sent a cross to the far post. Martín Cauteruccio was there to head the ball home and tie the game 1-1.
Cruz Azul beat 10-man León by the minimum difference in their Copa MX round of sixteen game.
Ángel Mena gave La Máquina the lead in the 13th minute after displaying some individual skill. Mena nutmegged Javier Cornejo, drove into the box, and sent his left-footed shot past the keeper to make it 1-0.
The game was largely even after the goal, but in the closing minutes of the half León’s hopes of a comeback were diminished following the ejection of Nacho González.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended six players and two members of technical staffs in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 9 games.
The two most notable suspensions go to Rubens Sambueza of Toluca and Andrés Andrade of León, who are indefinitely suspended until the Committee can make a definitive ruling. Sambueza and Andrade were both involved in red-card challenges that resulted in significant injury (to Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively).
The clubs of the injured players have requested the disqualification of Sambueza and Andrade for the duration of Brizuela and Ibarra’s injury layoffs.
Despite missing a penalty kick and finishing the game with 10 men, Cruz Azul was still able to end their seven-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Jaguares de Chiapas. The result extends Jaguares’ road losing streak to three games.
The excitement was all packed into the second half in this one, starting when Moisés Muñoz was called for a foul on Ángel Mena in the 59th minute. Gabriel Peñalba took the ensuing penalty kick, but Muñoz made the save to keep the game 0-0.
In the Clausura 2017 edition of the Clásico Joven, América earned a 2-0 victory over 10-man Cruz Azul. The result ends a three-game winless streak for the Águilas, while La Máquina are now winless in seven.
The game started off at a good pace, with both teams attacking, but it was the hosts who took the lead. In the 28th minute, Oribe Peralta got behind the defense and headed the ball home to make it 1-0. Peralta has now scored in five consecutive games against Cruz Azul.
Atlas 2-1 Puebla (Group 4)
Atlas kept their hopes of advancing alive with a 2-1 win over Puebla in this Group 4 game. The Poblanos are still top of the group but are now vulnerable to losing that spot. The Rojinegros went into this game winless in Copa MX play, but they took the lead in the 18th minute. Édgar Zaldívar won the ball and played in Jahir Barraza, whose diagonal shot made it 1-0.
The hosts added to their lead in the second half, when Rodolfo Salinas finished off a corner kick to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Atlas looked in complete control, but Puebla made the final few minutes interesting after they reduced the deficit in the 85th minute, with the unfortunate Federico González scoring an own-goal to put the visitors on the board. However, Atlas was able to hold on to the lead and secure their first win of the competition.
With the 2-1 win, Atlas reaches four points while Puebla still has seven.