Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti and Puebla coach José Luis Sánchez Solá were both given one-game suspensions for insulting and/or showing a lack of respect towards players or members of the coaching staff after the pair were involved in an altercation.
Veracruz remains the only winless team in the Clausura 2019.
The playoff race is all-but-set, with Cruz Azul, Pachuca, Necaxa, and América joining León, Tigres UANL, and Monterrey as qualified teams. Tijuana and Puebla, who face each other next week, are vying for the lone unclaimed Liguilla spot.
Puebla 1-1 Tigres UNAL
Monarcas Morelia 1-4 Tijuana
Pachuca 1-0 Atlas
América 1-0 Santos Laguna
Monterrey 2-2 Necaxa
Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 León
Pumas UNAM 2-2 Toluca
Lobos BUAP 1-4 Cruz Azul
Querétaro 2-1 Veracruz
Pumas UNAM took a two-goal lead but failed to hold it as Toluca came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the universitarios winless in two while the Diablos Rojos are unbeaten in four, but the draw wasn’t enough to keep them in playoff contention; they are now unable to qualify for the Liguilla.
Pumas was already eliminated from playoff contention going into this one, while Toluca needed a win to stay in the fight. Despite that, it was the hosts who started the game off stronger. Just seconds after the opening whistle, Brian Figueroa had the ball in the back of the net; however, the would-be goal was disallowed for a questionable offside call.
Chivas de Guadalajara earned the surprise result of the weekend with a 2-1 victory against León. The result snaps La Fiera’s historic 12-game winning streak, and also snaps El Rebaño’s five-game losing streak and eight-game winless streak.
The first half started off slowly, with neither team able to take control. Chivas seemed more focused on keeping León off the board than on trying to score themselves, while La Fiera seemed in no hurry to attack either.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Monterrey and Necaxa had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three, but ends their two-game winning streak, while the Rayos are also unbeaten in three but are winless in two.
The hosts once again rested a majority of their starters with an eye on the midweek CONCACAF Champions League final, and the visitors appeared to have taken advantage as they took the lead in just the 3rd minute. Ángel Sepúlveda played Brian Fernández in behind the defense with a long pass, and Fernández took the ball into the box and beat Luis Cárdenas to make it 0-1.
América earned a 1-0 victory against Santos Laguna in a game that finished 10 vs 10. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Águilas and puts them firmly back into the playoff fight, while the Laguneros have now lost two of their last three and are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
América came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use, and they found the first chance in the 6th minute. Emanuel Aguilera got his head to a corner kick, but his attempt was deflected off Julio César Furch.
Pachuca had a goal disallowed but still did enough to beat 9-man Atlas 1-0. The result gives the Tuzos eight consecutive home wins, keeping them perfect in the Estadio Hidalgo and guaranteeing them a playoff spot, while the Rojinegros have now lost three in a row.
The star of the game was VAR, which intervened on several notable occasions. The first VAR incident came in the 6th minute; following review, the yellow card given to Andrés Andrade for a hard tackle on Jorge Hernández was changed to a straight red, leaving the visitors with 10 just minutes into the game.
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it, with a red card allowing Tijuana to storm back for a 1-4 away victory. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the Xolos and keeps them firmly in the playoff race, while the michoacanos – long since eliminated from playoff contention – are now winless in two.
The game started off somewhat slowly, with neither team dominating, but in the 14th minute Morelia struck to take the lead. Miguel Ángel Sansores headed home a cross from Rodrigo Millar to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Poblanos unbeaten in two – and keeps them, for the moment, in the playoff places – while the universitarios remain unbeaten in four but winless in two.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 3rd minute. Jürgen Damm sent a cross into the box from the right, and the unfortunate Vladimir Loroña mis-hit his clearance attempt and sent the ball into his own net to make it 0-1 for Tigres early on.
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