For using offensive and/or insulting language and/or gestures, Edson Puch of Querétaro – the only player to receive a red card this past weekend – was given a one-game suspension.
In the relegation standings, Veracruz remained in last place with that loss, while relegation rivals Querétaro also lost, Lobos BUAP drew, and Puebla won.
Santos Laguna 1-0 Monterrey
Veracruz 2-3 Pachuca
Necaxa 2-2 Atlas
Tigres UANL 2-2 Lobos BUAP
Chivas de Guadalajara 1-2 Monarcas Morelia
Cruz Azul 0-0 América
Tijuana 0-1 Pumas UNAM
Toluca 4-0 Querétaro
León 0-4 Puebla
It was honors even in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Joven as Cruz Azul and América played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in eight games and at the top of the table, while La Máquina remains unbeaten at home but winless in two overall.
The game started off at a fast pace, with América creating the first chance in just the 2nd minute as Diego Lainez saw his shot blocked by Pablo Aguilar. Moments later at the other end, Elías Hernández put his volley just wide.
A late goal gave Pumas UNAM a 0-1 away win against Tijuana. The result is a second straight away win for the universitarios, who are unbeaten in eight overall, while the Xolos have now lost two in a row and are winless in four.
Neither team could make their mark on the game in the first half, which was played out largely in midfield. Tijuana was looking to use their home-field advantage to end their winless streak, but they couldn’t create many notable chances.
Both Lobos BUAP and Tigres UANL had the lead at one time or another in this one, but in the end they had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps both teams winless in three, although the draw also keeps Lobos unbeaten in five.
The Licántropos unexpectedly took the lead just before halftime thanks to a handball by Luis Rodríguez. Referee Diego Montaño consulted VAR before awarding the penalty kick, which Leonardo Ramos took and scored to give Lobos the 0-1 lead in the 43rd minute.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia came back for a 1-2 win. The result is a third straight victory for the michoacanos, while El Rebaño remains winless in five and also winless at home in four.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, as Chivas took the lead in just the 4th minute. Isaác Brizuela sent the ball into the box, Alan Pulido headed it back across goal, and Ángel Zaldívar finished it off from the edge of the six-yard box to give Guadalajara the early 1-0 lead.
Both teams led at one time or another, but in the end Necaxa and Atlas had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos winless in five, while the Rojinegros are unbeaten in two but remain winless on the road this season.
Both teams came into this one in serious need of points, but it was the hosts who looked better in the early going. But Necaxa’s early pressure came to naught and it was the visitors who took the lead in the 24th minute.
After falling behind 0-3, Veracruz came close to but ultimately couldn’t complete a comeback as they lost 2-3 to Pachuca. The result ends a two-game winless streak for the Tuzos and keeps them in the playoff conversation, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost two in a row and are winless in seven.
Veracruz came out attacking as they looked to halt their poor run of form at home, but they struggled to create goal-scoring chances outside of a few set pieces. Pachuca stayed composed and began to tilt the game in their favor with Pablo López and Víctor Guzmán providing outlets.
Santos Laguna moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 1-0 win against Monterrey. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season, while the Rayados saw their road winless streak grow to four games.
The game started off at a high intensity, with both teams going on the attack. Monterrey looked for space using the speed of Avilés Hurtado and Dorlán Pabón, while Jonathan Rodríguez was an outlet for Santos.