Heavy rain made for difficult playing conditions, with puddles of standing water forming on the field of the Estadio Morelos. Nevertheless, the game started at a good pace and both teams had some good attacking forays in the early going.
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Necaxa assistant coach Carlos Antonio Gutiérrez was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions, while the Rayos will also be without Ventura Alvarado for the next match after he was suspended one game for serious foul play.
Querétaro players scored three times – and Santos Laguna walked away with a 2-1 victory, thanks to a pair of own goals. The result snaps a six-game winless streak for the Laguneros and keeps them mathematically in playoff contention, while the Gallos Blancos remain winless in three.
The game started off perfectly for Santos Laguna and new head coach Guillermo Almada, as they took the lead just four minutes into the game. Julio César Furch redirected the ball into the unfortunate Víctor Milke, who turned it into his own net to make it 1-0 early on.
Toluca took, lost, and then regained the lead as they earned a 3-2 home victory against América. The result keeps the Diablos Rojos unbeaten in three and keeps them in playoff contention, while the Águilas are now winless in three.
The afternoon started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 4th minute. Federico Mancuello received a cut-back from Emmanuel Gigliotti and chipped the ball past Agustín Marchesín to make it 1-0.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla stormed back for a 1-3 away win. The result snaps a two-game winless streak for Puebla, while giving El Rebaño their fifth straight loss – and eliminating them from playoff contention.
The hosts started the game off well, with an early chance by Eduardo López and a dangerous low cross from Alexis Vega that somehow no one got on the end of. Chivas got on the board in the 19th minute thanks to an own-goal, as the unfortunate Brayan Angulo turned a corner kick into his own net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Tigres put out a largely alternative lineup as they look ahead to the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final against rivals Monterrey this week, and Morelia looked to take full advantage. The visitors struck in the 19th minute, with Miguel Ángel Sansores running on to a through ball from Cándido Ramírez and beating Nahuel Guzmán to make it 0-1.
Cruz Azul dispatched 10-man Pumas UNAM 2-1 to solidify their place in the playoff standings. The result keeps La Máquina unbeaten in eight, while the universitarios have now lost two of their last three and are eliminated from playoff contention.
Cruz Azul had the better of the early opportunities, but they struggled to convert them. Orbelín Pineda in particular had two clear chances that he was unable to finish off as the score remained stubbornly 0-0. Then, the visitors thought they had taken the lead when Carlos González beat Jesús Corona, but VAR review disallowed the goal for offside.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end it was honors even as Necaxa and Pachuca played out a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in two while the Tuzos are now unbeaten in three – but they also remain winless on the road this season.
The game started off with chances at both ends. In the 3rd minute, Alfonso Blanco was called into action to stop a header from Ventura Alvarado; then, in the 9th, Hugo González made an impressive save on a shot from Franco Jara.
León came out attacking and they kept the pressure on Atlas; José Hernández made several saves to keep Atlas in the game, but he couldn’t stop Ángel Mena in the 15th minute. Rubens Sambueza sent a cross to the far post and Mena ran in to stab the ball home: 1-0.