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.
Cruz Azul’s first good chance came in the 17th minute, when Gerry Flores and Édgar Mendez combined on the right. The Spaniard sent a low ball back towards the top of the box for Francisco Silva, but he couldn’t get the power on his shot and Agustín Marchesín easily scooped up the ball.
In front of a vociferous crowd in the Estadio Azul, La Máquina came out attacking as they looked for that elusive Liguilla berth. Jesús Méndez and Ángel Mena combined well as Cruz Azul looked to take an early lead. But despite controlling possession, the final touch was lacking for the hosts.
Cruz Azul kept their playoff ambitions alive with a 1-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result snapped a two-game losing streak for La Máquina, while ending a five-game unbeaten run for the michoacanos.
The game couldn’t have started better for the visitors, who took the lead in just the third minute. From a corner kick, Gabriel Peñalba out-jumped his defender and headed the ball on to the fair post where Felipe Mora knocked it home to make it 0-1.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the fourth minute. Francisco Silva received the ball in midfield and sent his long-distance shot past Nahuel Guzmán to give Cruz Azul the 1-0 lead.
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX knockout rounds got underway this Tuesday with the first four Round of Sixteen games. Three of them were decided by penalty shootouts as Tijuana, Atlante, América, and Querétaro moved on to the quarterfinals.
Monarcas Morelia 2-2 Tijuana (2-4 shootout)
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead before Morelia fought back to 2-2, but the Xolos ultimately triumphed in the penalty shootout. Damián Pérez put the Xolos ahead in the 26th minute when he brought the ball down with his chest and then sent a volley into the left corner.
Lobos BUAP earned just their second home win of the season with a 3-0 victory against Cruz Azul. The result snaps a three-game losing streak for the licántropos, while La Máquina’s inconsistency continues – they have alternated wins and losses for their last six matches.
The hosts started the game off well and they opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Juan Carlos Medina got into the box and sent a cross towards the six-yard box; the defense was unable to clear it effectively, and Julian Quiñones finished off the loose ball to make it 1-0 for Lobos.
América picked up a 1-3 away win against Cruz Azul in the Apertura 2017 edition of the Clásico Joven. The result is a second straight victory for the Águilas, while La Máquina saw their season-long home unbeaten streak come to a halt.
The hosts put the ball in the back of the net in the 5th minute, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside. Cruz Azul had several early chances, but it would be the visitors who opened the scoring.
Pumas UNAM took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for an emphatic 1-4 away win. The result is a second straight loss for the universitarios – and leaves them winless in seven – while La Máquina ended a four-game road winless streak.
This was really an away game for both teams, as it was held in Querétaro’s Estadio La Corregidora due to the recent earthquakes that struck Mexico. The game started off at a good pace and Cruz Azul had a few early chances through Mauro Formica and Adrián Aldrete, who hit the crossbar.