Lobos BUAP vs América – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) fell 2-0 to Pumas UNAM to end their unbeaten start to the Apertura 2017. The licántropos are still unbeaten at home, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have the best attacking record in the league and they’ll look to show that last weekend’s shutout loss was just an anomaly.
As for América (2nd), the Águilas beat Atlas 0-1 last weekend to give them three wins in a row. They won in midweek as well, with a come-from-behind 2-3 away victory against Potros UAEM in the Copa MX. América is perfect on the road this season and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in their visit to the newly-promoted side. They have one of the best defensive records in the league and they’ll look to shutout Lobos’ high-flying attack here. They will, however, be without the suspended Bruno Valdez.
Celaya 0-1 Monterrey (Group 2)
Monterrey remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 0-1 away win against Celaya. The result leaves Celaya winless in this competition. The game started out evenly, with possession shared and few clear chances at either end. In the 36th minute, Ángel Reyna came close to opening the scoring for the hosts, but he was denied by the post.
The pace picked up a bit in the second half, and Monterrey began to look the better side, particularly once Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Carlos Sánchez were subbed on. In the 71st minute, the Rayados took the lead after Funes Mori finished off a rebound from close range to make it 0-1.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches seven points while Celaya still has one.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players and a coach and opened an investigation into another coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 4 games.
The standout suspension goes to Chivas de Guadalajara coach Matías Almeyda, who will miss the next two games. He was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for not leaving the field and/or tunnel area after being ejected.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Cruz Azul and Toluca played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps both La Máquina and the Diablos Rojos unbeaten this season, although it also leaves Cruz Azul winless in three after a run of draws.
Cruz Azul started the game off better as they looked for an elusive home win, but they were ultimately unable to take advantage of their opportunities. Their best chance came through Felipe Mora, whose header was saved well by Luis García.
Querétaro vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Querétaro (9th) drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL last weekend to remain winless in two. The Gallos Blancos went winless in midweek as well, where they drew 0-0 with Pachuca in the Copa MX. Querétaro will now look to get back to winning ways when they return to La Corregidora; however, their home stadium has not been too kind to them to date. They are still looking for their first home win, point, and goal of the Apertura season.
As for Morelia (12th), the michoacanos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain both winless and unbeaten this season. Morelia has drawn all three of their league games to date, and they drew in the Copa MX in midweek as well, 1-1 against Necaxa. Morelia has one of the best defensive records so far, but their attack has been sluggish. They’ll look to rectify that and finally get into the “W” column here.
Cruz Azul twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it as León came back for a 2-2 draw. The result leaves León winless this season but gives them their first point while La Máquina remain unbeaten.
The visitors took the lead early on. In the 7th minute, Francisco Silva sent in a corner kick and Enzo Roco headed it past Carlos Felipe Rodríguez – who took the starting spot from William Yarbrough – to make it 0-1 for Cruz Azul.
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-0 Veracruz (Group 6)
Alebrijes de Oaxaca earned their first victory of the Copa MX with a 1-0 win against Veracruz. The Tiburones Rojos had the first chance of the game, with a dangerous cross into the box that David Álvarez very nearly deflected into his own net. After that, though, the hosts took control and Rodrigo Noya opened the scoring for Oaxaca in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, Alebrijes sat back to defend their lead, ceding more of the ball to the visitors. Veracruz was unable to do much with their possession, however, while Oaxaca looked dangerous on the counter. In the end, the lone goal was enough for the hosts.
With the 1-0 win, Alebrijes reach three points while Veracruz still has zero.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Chivas de Guadalajara in this game, which finished 10 vs 10. The tie keeps both teams unbeaten in the Apertura, but it leaves El Rebaño still looking for their first win.
Cruz Azul took the initiative early on, as befitting the home team, and they kept the pressure on Chivas, although it took a while before they began to generate dangerous chances. The first one came in the 25th minute, when Ángel Mena brought the ball to the end line before swinging it in for Édgar Méndez, only for his volley to go wide.
Monterrey 3-0 Celaya (Group 2)
Monterrey earned a comfortable 3-0 win against Celaya in this Group 2 opener. The Rayados looked the better side from the beginning and they dominated possession. The visitors sat back and defended, and it took Monterrey more than half an hour to begin to seriously threaten Celaya’s goal. Rogelio Funes Mori had a would-be goal disallowed for offside and was later denied by the keeper as the first half finished goalless.
In the 51st minute, the Rayados opened the scoring, with Alfonso González’s left-footed shot making it 1-0. The chances began to come more regularly after that, but it wasn’t until the 77th minute that Funes Mori was able to make it 2-0. Carlos Sánchez wrapped up the scoring with his golazo after an assist from Neri Cardozo.
With the 3-0 win, Monterrey reaches three points while Celaya still has zero.
Cruz Azul missed a penalty but still did enough to beat Tijuana, as they earned the first victory of the Apertura 2017 with a 0-2 away win against the Xolos.
La Máquina looked the better side from the start and they began to find chances early on. Julián Velázquez put his header on frame from a corner kick, but defender Damián Pérez made the clearance. Soon after that, Martín Cauteruccio had a shot from inside the box that was again cleared by the defense.