Cruz Azul came out attacking as they looked for that elusive home victory. They had an early chance through Felipe Mora, who sent his bicycle kick attempt into the crossbar in just the 5th minute.
Atlas came from behind to beat 9-man Cruz Azul 2-1, giving the Rojinegros their first win of the Clausura 2018 season. The result ends La Máquina’s unbeaten start to the season and leaves them winless in three.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, though, as they took the lead in the second minute. Brayan Garnica lost the ball trying to play out of the back; Martín Rodríguez sent a cross in from the left and Carlos Fierro headed it home to put Cruz Azul up 0-1 very early on.
Toluca vs Cruz Azul – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (11th) beat Atlas 1-3 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. The Diablos Rojos are still looking for their first home win, though, and they’ll see if they can get it here when they return to the Estadio Nemesio Diez after two away games. They fell in midweek in yet another away game, though, where they lost 2-1 to Santos Laguna in the Copa MX.
As for Cruz Azul (5th), La Máquina drew 0-0 with León last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season but also winless at home. They’re perfect on the road to date, though, and they’ll look for another away win in this one. Cruz Azul’s been very good defensively, with just one goal allowed in their three games, but they’ve also been shut out twice themselves. They will be better rested than their opponent, though, as they did not have a midweek game.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Cruz Azul and León played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps both teams unbeaten this season although it also ends León’s perfect start to the Clausura 2018.
The visitors controlled the first half and La Fiera created a number of dangerous chances. The clearest came in the 21st minute, when Elías Hernández sent his left-footed shot to the far post; Jesús Corona was stranded, but Enzo Roco was there on the line to head the ball clear and save Cruz Azul.
Chivas controlled the majority of possession in the first half, although Cruz Azul had a few dangerous chances through Martín Rodríguez and Felipe Mora. Nevertheless, it was the hosts who opened the scoring.
Lobos BUAP vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (18th) fell 4-2 to Santos Laguna last weekend and will now be looking to earn their first points of the season when they return home in this one. With both Lobos and Querétaro very much involved in the relegation fight, earning points in this game takes on added importance for both teams.
As for Querétaro (17th), the Gallos Blancos fell 0-1 to América last weekend and now will be on the road as they look for their first points – and their first goals. They’ll look to take advantage of Lobos’ defensive woes here as they try to open up some breathing room for themselves in the relegation fight; they are currently penultimate in the Tabla de Cociente.
La Máquina controlled much of the first half as they enjoyed both possession and chances. In the 18th minute, the hosts had a good opportunity when Carlos Fierro played in Felipe Mora, but the Chilean couldn’t put his shot on target.
Caixinha had a pending suspension from his time as coach of Santos Laguna after he was ejected from the sidelines in a game against América in 2015.
Cruz Azul has confirmed that, “by mutual agreement”, Francisco “Paco” Jémez has left the head coaching position with the club. La Máquina and Jémez decided not to renew the coach’s contract for the Clausura 2018 season.
In the second leg of their Clásico Joven quarterfinal series, América and Cruz Azul once again played out a high-intensity but goalless draw. With the aggregate stubbornly remaining 0-0, América advanced due to the higher seed tiebreaker.
Cruz Azul traveled to the Estadio Azteca obligated to score; a draw would be enough for them so long as they managed an away goal. La Máquina had chances, with Francisco Silva sending a free kick towards the upper left corner, only for Guido Rodríguez to head the ball clear. Later, Felipe Mora forced a good save out of Agustín Marchesín with his point-blank header.