In the Apertura 2019 edition of the Clásico Joven, Cruz Azul earned a historic 5-2 victory against América. The result snaps a seven-game winless streak for La Máquina, while the Águilas saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
Cruz Azul started the game off well with a goal in the 15th minute. Julio César Domínguez headed home a corner kick to make it 1-0 for La Máquina – suffering a painful clash of heads with defender Bruno Valdez in the process.
Pachuca wrapped up a perfect week with a 2-0 win against Cruz Azul. The result is a third straight victory for the Tuzos, who are unbeaten in four, while La Máquina are now winless in seven.
An open first half saw chances at both ends, but when the breakthrough came it was for the hosts. In the 29th minute, Víctor Guzmán received the ball on the left, drove into the box, cut past his defender, and fired past Jesús Corona to make it 1-0 for Pachuca.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pumas UNAM scored late to tie the game 1-1. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in three while La Máquina are also unbeaten in three but remain winless in five after a run of draws.
Cruz Azul, coming off winning the new Leagues Cup competition in midweek, was looking to get back to winning ways in league play as well, while Pumas looked to put their home-field advantage to good use in their quest to climb into the playoff places. The hosts had some good early opportunities created by the partnership of Jeison Angulo and Victor Malcorra, but they weren’t able to open the scoring.
The inaugural Leagues Cup competition is set to conclude this Wednesday, with two Liga MX teams vying for the title.
Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL will face off at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Los Vegas as each looks to become the first champion of the inter-league competition. Tigres reached the final after beating América on penalties, while Cruz Azul defeated the LA Galaxy, the only MLS team to get past the first round.
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.
The Portuguese coach has been with the club since the Clausura 2018 season and oversaw a total of 86 games in all competitions. He had a record of 40 wins, 21 losses, and 25 draws. Under Caixinha, Cruz Azul won the Apertura 2018 Copa MX and the 2019 SuperCopa MX; they also reached the Apertura 2018 league final.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends a two-game winning streak for La Máquina, but keeps them unbeaten in three, while the Poblanos are still looking for their first win of the season.
Cruz Azul came out attacking and repeatedly tested Nicolás Vikonis in goal. Guillermo Fernández had a pair of dangerous chances from distance, while Jonathan Rodríguez had a great opportunity following some good team interchange, but Vikonis was able to make the save.
The 2019 Leagues Cup final will be an all-Liga-MX affair after Cruz Azul beat the LA Galaxy 2-1 in the second semifinal. Cruz Azul will face Tigres UANL in the final.
The game started off well for the visitors, and it didn’t take long for La Máquina to take the lead. In the 4th minute, José Madueña sent a shot from just outside the box in off the post to make it 0-1 for Cruz Azul early on.
Cruz Azul earned their first road win of the season as they beat Atlas 1-3. The result gives La Máquina back-to-back victories while the Rojinegros have now lost two of their last three.
The visitors looked the better side from the start, while Atlas struggled to keep possession or string passes together. Their best chance of the half came in the 10th minute with a shot by Lorenzo Reyes; other than that, it was all Cruz Azul.