The Clausura 2019 edition of the Copa MX got underway this week with the first round of group-stage games.
It was a week for the visitors, with seven away teams picking up victories in the eight games that were played. The ninth scheduled match, Dorados vs Zacatepec, was postponed due to field conditions.
Potros UAEM 1-2 Monarcas Morelia
Pumas UNAM 0-1 Atlas
Atlante 1-2 Pachuca
Lobos BUAP 0-1 Mineros de Zacatecas
Cimarrones 1-2 Chivas de Guadalajara
León 0-1 Alebrijes de Oaxaca TM Fútbol Club 3-2 Puebla
Atlético San Luis 0-2 Necaxa
Dorados de Sinaloa vs Zacatepec – postponed to 2/12
The Apertura 2018 edition of the Copa MX continued this week with the sixth (and final) round of group-stage games.
Mineros 1-2 Querétaro Pumas UNAM 3-1 TM Fútbol Club
Venados 0-1 Puebla Pachuca 2-0 Celaya
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-1 Monarcas Morelia
Atlético San Luis 0-3 Cafetaleros Toluca 1-0 Tijuana Dorados de Sinaloa 1-0 Veracruz
Zacatepec vs Atlas – postponed to 9/13
They had to come from behind to do so, but Mexico remained unbeaten in World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win against Trinidad and Tobago. El Tri, already qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, remained in first place in the Hexagonal with the victory, while the Soca Warriors were already mathematically eliminated from contention.
With first place facing off against sixth – and nothing to play for for either side – it seemed like Mexico would keep on rolling with another home victory. However, although El Tri had had the better of possession and the run of play for the majority of the game, they weren’t able to turn those stats into goals, despite the encouragement of the vociferous partisan crowd packed into the Estadio Alfonso Lastras.
It was a much more difficult game than Mexico was anticipating, but in the end El Tri walked away with a 2-0 victory against Curaçao, and with it, first place in Group C.
Mexico made 10 changes to the lineup that drew 0-0 with Jamaica on Thursday, with only Orbelin Pineda making a second consecutive start. Curaçao made five changes from their loss to El Salvador, and it was Curaçao who started the game off better.