Toluca controlled the game from the beginning as they looked to remain in the playoff fight. Marcelo Barovero was forced into action repeatedly to keep the Diablos Rojos off the board, and he very nearly got Monterrey to halftime with the game still goalless.
Tijuana got revenge after América knocked them out of the Copa MX in midweek by handing the Águilas a 3-2 defeat in league play. The result extends the Xolos’ home winning streak to five, while América saw their five-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off well for the Águilas, who took the lead in the 13th minute. Guido Rodríguez sent a long-range effort unerringly into the back of the net to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
10-man Chivas de Guadalajara was unable to make their home-field advantage count as they fell 0-1 to Lobos BUAP. The result ends a three-game winless streak for the Licántropos, while El Rebaño has now lost three in a row and is winless in six.
Chivas started the game off with some promising chances, such as when Alejandro Mayora sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal, but no one was there to finish it off. Then the hosts were handed an early blow when Jair Periera had to be subbed out injured in the 10th minute.
León tied the league record for consecutive victories with a 2-1 win against Necaxa. The result is a 10th straight win for La Fiera, while the Rayos saw their three-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The visitors were looking to solidify a playoff place, while the hosts were looking to remain top of the table. Necaxa started the game off with more possession, and they had the first chance in the 8th minute through Brian Fernández, although Rodolfo Cota easily made the save.
Tigres dominated proceedings from the beginning, although Pumas found a few good chances largely against the run of play. Kevin Escamilla had a long-distance attempt in the 6th minute, while Martín Rodríguez had a golden opportunity go begging in the 20th minute.
In a game that finished 10 vs 10, Cruz Azul picked up a comfortable 3-0 victory against Querétaro. The result keeps La Máquina unbeaten in six – with four wins in that span – while the Gallos Blancos remain winless on the road this season.
The hosts started the game off strongly and they found several early chances. In the 6th minute, Yoshimar Yotún had a good look, but his shot went over the bar; then, in the 13th minute, Orbelín Pineda saw his header hit the crossbar.
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps Puebla unbeaten in three, but ends their two-game winning streak, while the michoacanos remain winless on the road this season and winless in 10 overall.
The visitors nearly caught Puebla out when Carlos Ferreira took an ambitious shot from 35 yards out that beat Nicolás Vikonis, but ultimately hit the crossbar. That opportunity was one of the few of note in a first half that was played largely in midfield, with both teams struggling to make their mark on the game.
A late goal gave Atlas a 0-1 road victory against Veracruz on Friday night. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in the Clausura and rooted to the foot of the table, while the Rojinegros have picked up back-to-back victories.
Veracruz had the better of the run of play in the first half, but their anemic offense couldn’t find the breakthrough; the Tiburones have been shut out in 10 of their 13 league games this season. Cristian Menéndez came closest with his 12th minute effort, but Anderson Santamaría cleared it away.
The visitors started the game off with an attacking posture, but it didn’t take long for the hosts to take control. In the 7th minute, Dorlan Pabón received the ball in the box and sent his diagonal shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 for Monterrey.
Tigres got the scoring going early, with Eduardo Vargas making it 1-0 in just the 8th minute. Hugo Ayala played in Julián Quiñones with a long ball; the Colombian’s original shot was stopped by Jonathan Orozco, but the rebound fell to Vargas, who put it away.