Cruz Azul came out attacking as they looked to put their first loss of the season behind them. They took the lead in the 18th minute, when Adrián Aldrete scored a golazo from outside the box as he recovered a loose ball in midfield, took it downfield, and then sent his shot from distance into the upper corner to make it 1-0.
Necaxa ended Cruz Azul’s unbeaten Apertura with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for the Rayos – and keeps them unbeaten at home – while La Máquina suffered their first defeat of the season.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to break down Cruz Azul’s league-leading defense. Their pressure paid off in the 21st minute, when Necaxa won a free kick just outside the box. Matías Fernández sent the free kick low under the wall to give the Rayos the 1-0 lead.
Cruz Azul kept their unbeaten season going with a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Veracruz. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home in the Apertura 2018, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost three of their last four.
Cruz Azul had the better of the early chances, with Milton Caraglio in particular keeping Veracruz’s defense on their toes. Elías Hernández also had a dangerous opportunity with his volleyed attempt in the 17th minute, but his shot was ultimately off target.
Cruz Azul vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (1st) drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to end a two-game winning streak but keep them unbeaten this season. They suffered their first loss in all competitions in midweek, though, where they fell 1-0 to Atlas in the Copa MX. La Máquina will look to remain unbeaten in league play – and remain in first place – with a victory against a struggling Veracruz side in this one. Cruz Azul has the best defensive record in the league, having conceded just two goals through seven games, and they have yet to allow a single goal at home.
As for Veracruz (15th), the Tiburones Rojos beat Tijuana 1-0 last weekend to end a two-game losing streak. They’ve struggled to score this season though, with just five goals total and just two on the road, which doesn’t bode well for them going up against the league’s best defense. Veracruz’s own defensive record is the worst in the league with 13 goals allowed, but they’ll try hope to surprise what may well be an over-confidant Cruz Azul side here.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season, but winless in two overall, while La Máquina remains unbeaten in the Apertura 2018.
The visitors had more possession in the first half, but they were stymied by a well-organized defense. Cruz Azul couldn’t break through while Santos sat back, absorbed the pressure, and then looked to strike on the counter.
Cruz Azul moved into first place – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 3-0 victory against León in a game that finished 10 vs 10. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home and unbeaten overall this season, while La Fiera remains winless on the road.
Cruz Azul came out attacking and they had several early chances, although they couldn’t convert any of them. Then, in the 18th minute, the game looked to have taken a turn for the worse for the hosts when Jerry Flores was sent off to leave Cruz Azul with just 10 men.
Cruz Azul vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (2nd) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The draw did bring La Máquina’s perfect run to a halt, however, although they got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory against Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Cruz Azul is still perfect at home and they’ll look for another win in this one. They’ve also conceded just one goal this season, and that came while they were playing with just 10 men. They will be without the suspended Pablo Aguilar for this one, though.
As for León (11th), La Fiera beat Querétaro 4-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep that good run of form going here against a tough opponent. León has been on a goal-scoring streak as of late and they’ll look to test Cruz Azul’s defensive record in this one.
Tigres UANL and Cruz Azul both filed petitions of non-conformity regarding the red cards given to Guido Pizarro and Pablo Aguilar, respectively, but both were denied. The two were given one-game suspensions, Pizarro for violent conduct and Aguilar for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as 10-man Cruz Azul came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends La Máquina’s perfect start to the season but keeps them unbeaten, while the Xolos remain unbeaten at home but winless in three overall.
Tijuana had an early chance through Jesús Angulo, who went one-on-one with Jesús Corona, but the keeper was able to make the save. The game got chippy early as well, with referee Luis Enrique Santander handing out three yellow cards in the opening 20 minutes.
The first half started off evenly, with neither team able to dominante. Both sides came into this one with a 2-0-0 record and with zero goals conceded; both teams wanted to extend those streaks. The first good chance didn’t come until the 24th minute when Enner Valencia received a through ball, but the flag went up for offside.