Zacatepec 3-1 Murciélagos (Group 6)
Murciélagos took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Zacatepec came back for a 3-1 win in the opening match of the Clausura 2018 Copa MX. The visitors surprised Zacatepec by taking the lead in just the 8th minute when Rodolfo Galindo assisted Julián Cardozo to make it 0-1. Murciélagos had a golden opportunity to make it 0-2 just minutes later when they received a penalty after Francis Afriyie was fouled in the box. However, Luis Cárdenas saved the spot kick.
The PK save was a turning point as Zacatepec then gained the momentum. In the 15th minute, they tied it up through Juan Neira’s diving header. Despite having the majority of possession after that, it wasn’t until the second half that they took the lead. In the 66th minute, Armando González made it 2-1 for the hosts; then, in the 76th, Sefano Rodríguez added an insurance goal with his shot from distance to make it 3-1.
With the 3-1 win, Zacatepec reaches three points while Murciélagos still have zero.
Atlante 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 6)
Atlante took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 1-3 away win in this Group 6 match. The victory ensures Chivas will advance to the knockout rounds of the Copa MX. The opening goal came in the 24th minute through Fernando Espinosa, whose shot from the center of the box made it 1-0.
Chivas had to wait until the second half to find a goal of their own, with Carlos Fierro making it 1-1 in the 61st minute. A few minutes later, both teams were reduced to 10 men with the sending offs of Carlos Cauich and Hedgardo Marín. Ultimately it was Chivas who took advantage of the extra space on the field, with goals from Eduardo López in the 84th minute and Michelle Benítez in stoppage time to give them the 1-3 victory.
With the 1-3 win, Chivas reaches 10 points while Atlante still has four.
Necaxa 1-2 Jaguares de Chiapas (Group 5)
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 1-2 to Jaguares de Chiapas. The result ends the Rayos’ unbeaten run in the competition, while also giving Jaguares their first victory. Necaxa started the game off well, and they took the lead in just the 8th minute. Fabián Espíndola finished off a loose ball after it rebounded against the woodwork to give the hosts the 1-0 lead.
Jaguares didn’t properly settle into the game until the second half, and even then it took a mistake by Necaxa to allow them to get on the board. Luis Miño recovered the ball at the top of the box and sent it past Yosgart Gutiérrez to make it 1-1 in the 67th minute. With the score level, the intensity of the game ratcheted up as both teams looked for a winner. Just as the game was looking destined to end 1-1, Enrique Esqueda completed the comeback for Jaguares with his 86th minute goal.
With the 1-2 win, Jaguares reach four points while Necaxa still has four.
Monterrey 5-0 Dorados de Sinaloa (Group 7)
Monterrey remained perfect in the Copa MX with a 5-0 dismantling of Dorados de Sinaloa in this Group 7 game. The loss keeps Dorados winless in the competition. The Rayados opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, when Efraín Juárez headed home a free kick from Dorlan Pabón to make it 1-0. Soon after that, Pabón provided another assist, this time to Edwin Cardona, as Monterrey took the 2-0 lead in the 29th minute. Just before halftime, Rogelio Funes Mori made it 3-0 to put the game out of reach for Dorados with 45 minutes left to play.
The hosts continued to dominate in the second half, and their continued pressure paid off as Funes Mori finished off his brace in the 71st minute to make it 4-0. Debutant Ángel López put the icing on the cake with his goal in the 82nd minute to give the Rayados a commanding 5-0 lead.
With the 5-0 win, Monterrey reaches six points while Dorados remain on zero.
Santos Laguna 1-2 Coras Tepic (Group 3)
Coras Tepic surprised Santos Laguna with a late goal to earn a 1-2 away win in this Group 3 match. The Liga MX side has now lost two cup games in a row, while Coras earned a victory in their debut in the tournament. The visitors opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a well-taken shot by Daniel Ríos that left the goalkeeper with no chance.
Atlante 2-0 Venados – Group 6
In this all-Ascenso MX match up, Atlante earned a 2-0 home victory over Venados in the Group 6 opener. It took a while for the teams to find a rhythm in this one, and the opening goal came from the penalty spot. In the 21st minute, Domingo Zalazar converted the spot kick to put Atlante ahead 1-0.
Jaguares de Chiapas 2-2 Chivas de Guadalajara – Group 2
With advancement to the knockout rounds already assured for both clubs, Jaguares de Chiapas and Chivas de Guadalajara played out a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night.
Alonso Escoboza gave Jaguares the lead from the penalty spot in the 18th minute after Oswaldo Alanís was sanctioned for a foul. But Chivas tied it up through Carlos Salcido’s header in the 32nd minute before Alan Pulido converted a PK to put the visitors ahead just two minutes after that. Then, in the second half, Escoboza finished off his brace to level the match in the 72nd minute.
Puebla 1-1 Querétaro – Group 8
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Querétaro in Group 8 play. Nevertheless, the result is enough to guarantee both teams a spot in the knockout rounds. In the 21st minute, David Toledo hit the crossbar, but the rebound fell for Jerónimo Amione, who headed it home to make it 1-0 for Puebla. Querétaro nearly tied it through Camilo Sanvezzo in the 31st minute, but his shot went just wide.
Celaya vs Atlante – Group 1
Celaya and Atlante are both still looking for their first win in this competition after playing out a 1-1 draw in a game that finished 10 vs 10. Celaya started the game off better and they took the lead in just the sixth minute, when Ángel Reyna sent in a cross for Hugo López, who made no mistake with his finish. The hosts had a few chances to add to their lead but they were unable to capitalize on them.
Chivas de Guadalajara 1-4 Jaguares de Chiapas – Group 2
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Jaguares de Chiapas fought back for a 1-4 away victory. The hosts had the first good chance of the game before the 10-minute mark, when Miguel Ángel Ponce nearly beat Liborio Sánchez with a powerful shot. However, it wasn’t until the 37th minute that El Rebaño found the breakthrough, with Edson Torres finishing off a great individual play to make it 1-0.