Cruz Azul will be without both José Madueña and Milton Caraglio, who were given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Rubens Sambueza of Toluca was suspended one game for using offensive or insulting language and/or gestures.
Cruz Azul remained in first despite their 3-1 loss to Pachuca, while Atlas remained last despite their 2-0 victory against Toluca. That was Atlas’s first win of the season, meaning there are no winless teams remaining in the Apertura 2018 season.
In the relegation standings, Lobos BUAP remained last despite their 3-1 win against Morelia, although they gained some ground as relegation rivals Veracruz and Querétaro lost and Puebla drew.
Veracruz 0-4 León
Atlas 2-0 Toluca
Querétaro 0-2 Tigres UANL
Pachuca 3-1 Cruz Azul
Necaxa 0-1 Santos Laguna
Monterrey 3-0 Tijuana
Pumas UNAM 2-2 Puebla
Lobos BUAP 3-1 Monarcas Morelia
América 1-1 Chivas de Guadalajara
Necaxa came out looking to defend their good home record, while Santos knew they had the opportunity to move into second place with a win. After trading chances, the visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute.
After 84 minutes and 34 seconds, the game between Monterrey and Tijuana was halted due to the weather and field conditions, with Monterrey’s 3-0 lead being declared the final score. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Rayados, while the Xolos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
Tijuana started the game off well as they controlled the ball, but it was Monterrey who took an early lead in the rain as Rogelio Funes Mori sent his low shot in off the post to make it 1-0 in the 10th minute.
Pachuca extended their home unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-1 victory against 9-man Cruz Azul. The result snaps a two-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while La Máquina has now lost two of their last three.
The game started off with an early chance for the visitors as Adrián Aldrete tested Óscar Pérez – making his first league start since November 2017 – in the 2nd minute, but it was the hosts who took the early lead.
Tigres UANL earned their first away win of the season with a 0-2 victory against Querétaro. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in six overall, while the Gallos Blancos are now winless in three.
The first half was a largely even affair between two teams who came in to tonight’s game with the same number of points. Marcel Ruiz had the best chance of the half with his shot from the edge of the box, but the midfielder was stopped by the woodwork as the game remained goalless.
Atlas finally earned their first victory of the Apertura 2018 with a 2-0 win against 10-man Toluca. The result snaps a six-game losing streak for the Rojinegros, while the Diablos Rojos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
With Atlas’s supporters’ groups absenting themselves from the stadium in protest, the pressure on the hosts to find their first victory of the season was higher than ever. Toluca looked the stronger team and created a few notable goal-scoring chances, but José Hernández made the necessary saves to keep the game goalless.
The night started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the third minute. Jean Meneses scooped the ball up towards the far post and Mauro Boselli was there to had it home and make it 0-1 for León very early on.
Necaxa 0-2 Monterrey
Atlas 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara
Pumas UNAM 2-1 Veracruz
Cruz Azul 0-4 América
Tigres UANL 7-0 Querétaro
Monarcas Morelia 1-3 Toluca
Santos Laguna 4-2 León
Tijuana 2-4 Pachuca