Santos came out looking to make their home field advantage count, and they looked dangerous from the beginning, with Brian Lozano hitting the woodwork in the 11th minute. Chivas struggled to make their mark on the game, displaying a lack of creativity in the final third.
The hosts had the first chance of the game, with Felipe Pardo getting into a dangerous spot, but his shot was deflected by Jair Pereira and went out for a corner kick. Querétaro created chances of their own, with Ayron del Valle forcing a save out of Alfredo Talavera, who also stopped an attempt by Alonso Escoboza.
These two faced each other less than a week ago in the SuperCopa MX, where Cruz Azul walked away with a 4-0 victory; La Máquina was not able to carry that form over into this match, however. The opening was cagey, with few chances of note for either side, although on the balance the visitors looked more dangerous.
The universitarios took control of the game from the opening minute and it was just a matter of time before they found the opening goal. The breakthrough came in the 19th minute through Luiz Rodríguez, whose shot from just outside the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.
The game started off well for the Rayados, who took the lead in just the 7th minute. The Águilas lost the ball trying to play out of the back, and Rogelio Funes Mori took advantage to slip in behind the defense and make it 0-1 for Monterrey.
León appeared to have taken the lead just minutes in, but the would-be goal was controversially disallowed. In the 5th minute, Ismael Sosa received the ball in the box but had it taken away before he could shoot; however, failed to clear it and Sosa won the ball back and put it into the net, only for a foul to be called.
The hosts had their chances; Unai Bilbao came within inches of giving San Luis the lead with his header that crashed against the crossbar, and Ian González had a pair of chances as well, only for Alfredo Saldívar to make the necessary saves.
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 Poblanos were looking to make their home field advantage count and they had a promising start. In the 14th minute, Lucas Cavallini took the ball down the center and played in Christian Tabó on the right; he rounded the onrushing goalkeeper and sent the ball into the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
The Disciplinary Committee report that Andrés Mosquera, Víctor Velázquez, Vladimir Loroña, and Rodrigo Noya all have one-game suspensions earned at the end of the Clausura 2019 season to be served.
On the other hand, Atlético San Luis will have Nicolás Ibáñez available for the start of the Apertura 2019 as his suspension was earned while playing in Ascenso MX before the club earned promotion; suspensions do not carry over from one league or competition to another, but rather must be served in the competition in which they were earned.