Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for a 2-1 victory against the 10-man Rayados. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season with seven straight wins, while Monterrey saw their two-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a good pace, with both sides coming out attacking. The game was an end-to-end affair for the first 15 minutes, and then Monterrey took the lead from a set piece. The visitors won a free kick a long way out, but distance proved no obstacle as César Montes headed home the service to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.
Pachuca extended their home unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-1 victory against 9-man Cruz Azul. The result snaps a two-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while La Máquina has now lost two of their last three.
The game started off with an early chance for the visitors as Adrián Aldrete tested Óscar Pérez – making his first league start since November 2017 – in the 2nd minute, but it was the hosts who took the early lead.
Cruz Azul got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Atlas. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season, while the Rojinegros remain winless in the Apertura 2018.
Cruz Azul came out attacking as they looked to put their first loss of the season behind them. They took the lead in the 18th minute, when Adrián Aldrete scored a golazo from outside the box as he recovered a loose ball in midfield, took it downfield, and then sent his shot from distance into the upper corner to make it 1-0.
Necaxa ended Cruz Azul’s unbeaten Apertura with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for the Rayos – and keeps them unbeaten at home – while La Máquina suffered their first defeat of the season.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to break down Cruz Azul’s league-leading defense. Their pressure paid off in the 21st minute, when Necaxa won a free kick just outside the box. Matías Fernández sent the free kick low under the wall to give the Rayos the 1-0 lead.
Cruz Azul kept their unbeaten season going with a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Veracruz. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home in the Apertura 2018, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost three of their last four.
Cruz Azul had the better of the early chances, with Milton Caraglio in particular keeping Veracruz’s defense on their toes. Elías Hernández also had a dangerous opportunity with his volleyed attempt in the 17th minute, but his shot was ultimately off target.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season, but winless in two overall, while La Máquina remains unbeaten in the Apertura 2018.
The visitors had more possession in the first half, but they were stymied by a well-organized defense. Cruz Azul couldn’t break through while Santos sat back, absorbed the pressure, and then looked to strike on the counter.
Cruz Azul moved into first place – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 3-0 victory against León in a game that finished 10 vs 10. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home and unbeaten overall this season, while La Fiera remains winless on the road.
Cruz Azul came out attacking and they had several early chances, although they couldn’t convert any of them. Then, in the 18th minute, the game looked to have taken a turn for the worse for the hosts when Jerry Flores was sent off to leave Cruz Azul with just 10 men.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as 10-man Cruz Azul came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends La Máquina’s perfect start to the season but keeps them unbeaten, while the Xolos remain unbeaten at home but winless in three overall.
Tijuana had an early chance through Jesús Angulo, who went one-on-one with Jesús Corona, but the keeper was able to make the save. The game got chippy early as well, with referee Luis Enrique Santander handing out three yellow cards in the opening 20 minutes.
Cruz Azul continued their perfect start to the season with a 1-0 win against Tigres UANL. The result ends the universitarios’ own unbeaten start to the Apertura.
The first half started off evenly, with neither team able to dominante. Both sides came into this one with a 2-0-0 record and with zero goals conceded; both teams wanted to extend those streaks. The first good chance didn’t come until the 24th minute when Enner Valencia received a through ball, but the flag went up for offside.
Necaxa vs Lobos BUAP – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (11th) fell 5-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to give them their first loss of the young season. The Rayos will look to get back on track when they return home for this one, and they did earn a 1-0 win against TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. Necaxa’s defense will need to be better, though; last week’s shellacking means the Rayos currently have the worst defensive record in the league.
As for Lobos BUAP (8th), the Licántropos beat Veracruz 2-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Lobos are still winless on the road, though, and they’ll look to change that here. They’ll have the advantage of being better-rested than Necaxa, as Lobos did not have a midweek game. They’ve also scored in both their games to date and they’ll look to give Necaxa’s defense another difficult outing in this one.