The Disciplinary Committee has suspended seven players and one coach and fined a player in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 9 games.
The standout suspension goes to Miguel Layún of Monterrey, who was given a two-game suspension for violent conduct.
The other six players were all suspended for one game: Francisco Córdova of América, José Esquivel of FC Juárez, Francisco Acuña of Puebla, and Aldo Cruz of Tijuana all for serious foul play, and Luis Quiñones of Tigres UANL and Jorge Segura of Atlas for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Pachuca took a two-goal lead but failed to hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season and unbeaten in three overall while the Tuzos remain winless in three.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 3rd minute. Gustavo Cabral headed the ball into an empty net after Jonathan Orozco came off his line but failed to get the ball; 0-1 Pachuca.
Toluca’s struggles continued with a 0-2 home loss to Monarcas Morelia. The result is a second straight loss for the Diablos Rojos and keeps them winless in three, while the michoacanos have now won two in a row and are unbeaten in four.
The game started off evenly, with neither team able to dominate. Chances were few and far between in the first half, although what there was tended to go Morelia’s way. Toluca’s first opportunity of note didn’t come until the 40th minute, and their best opportunity – when Aníbal Chalá went one-on-one with Sebastián Sosa – was wasted.
It was honors even in the Apertura 2019 Clásico Capitalino as América and Pumas UNAM played out a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten at home this season, but also keeps them winless in four overall, while the universitarios remain unbeaten in two.
The game took an early turn for the worse for the hosts as Francisco Córdova was sent off in just the 17th minute after a studs-up tackle on Juan Pablo Vigón, leaving América to play the majority of the game with just 10 on the field.
FC Juárez took the lead but couldn’t hold it as León came back for a 3-1 victory. The result keeps La Fiera unbeaten in five while the Bravos have now lost four of their last five.
León are typically hard to beat at home, and FC Juárez made things harder on themselves with an early red card. In the 27th minute, José Esquivel was sent off for a foul on Jean Meneses, leaving the visitors to play down a man for more than an hour.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the bragging rights in the Apertura 2019 edition of the Clásico Tapatío with a 1-0 victory against 10-man Atlas. The result keeps El Rebaño unbeaten in two while the Rojinegros saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
The hosts started the game off strongly and kept the ball largely in Atlas’s defensive third. Their first chance came in the 7th minute through Dieter Villalpando, but his shot was easily saved by Camilo Vargas. In the 11th minute, Villalpando created a dangerous opportunity that Isaác Brizuela was unable to convert.
Necaxa moved into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 0-2 away win against 10-man Monterrey. The result gives the Rayos back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in five while the Rayados have now lost two in a row.
Monterrey went into this one unbeaten at home in the Apertura, but they were unable to keep that streak alive. The hosts were uncharacteristically ineffectual in the first half, while Necaxa created dangerous chances such as when Mauro Quiroga hit the crossbar.
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tijuana scored a stoppage-time penalty to tie it up 1-1 in this game that finished 10 vs 10. The result keeps the Xolos unbeaten at home this season, but winless in two overall, while the universitarios are unbeaten in seven but have now drawn five straight games.
The visitors started the game off strongly and kept the ball in their attacking third. In the 9th minute, Lucas Zelarayán forced a good save out of Manuel Gibrán Lajud; then, in the 17th, Julián Velázquez cleared the ball off the line to prevent Zelarayán from opening the scoring.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Veracruz and Cruz Azul settled for a 0-0 draw. The result extends the Tiburones Rojos’ historic unbeaten streak to 34 games, but at least brings their six-game losing streak to a halt, while La Máquina remains unbeaten in two but winless in four.
Both teams were debuting coaches in this one, with Enrique López Zarza taking the helm at Veracruz and Robert Siboldi replacing Pedro Caixinha for Cruz Azul. The visitors looked the better team from the beginning and they attacked insistently in search of the breakthrough.