With the playoffs out of reach for both teams, León and Cruz Azul looked to close out their seasons on a high note. It was La Máquina who managed it, with a 1-2 come-from-behind away win against La Fiera.
The game started just about perfectly for the hosts, who earned a penalty kick in the 4th minute after a foul by Guillermo Allison. Mauro Boselli took the spot kick and converted it to make it 1-0 for León.
Chivas de Guadalajara took a late lead but León scored an even later equalizer as this one finished 1-1. The result keeps Chivas winless in four – but nevertheless is enough to ensure that El Rebaño will be present in the Liguilla – while León remains unbeaten in six.
Both teams had chances in the first half. Mauro Boselli looked particularly dangerous for the visitors, while Chivas came as close as hitting the woodwork when Eduardo López was stopped by the crossbar in the 25th minute. Nevertheless, the game was still goalless at halftime.
León extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 victory over Puebla. The result keeps the Poblanos winless on the road in four and rooted to the bottom of the league table.
Puebla could have mathematically guaranteed their safety in the relegation fight with a win tonight; instead, they will now have to wait and see what happens in Veracruz’s game on Sunday. León, meanwhile, was looking to continue their climb up the table as they make a last push for a playoff spot.
Despite finishing the game with 10 men, León did enough to earn a 1-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result ends Morelia’s six-game unbeaten streak and instead leaves them winless in four, while León remains unbeaten on the road in three.
The loss keeps Morelia right in the thick of the relegation fight; with rivals Veracruz and Jaguares also losing this weekend, this would have been a good opportunity for Morelia to earn some separation from the pack. But despite Morelia’s need for a victory, it was the visitors who struck first – and early.
Jaguares de Chiapas saw their winless streak extended to five games with tonight’s 0-0 draw against León. The result halts La Fiera’s two-game winning streak but keeps them unbeaten in three.
The game started off slowly, with both teams settling into a more cautious posture. It wasn’t until the half-hour mark that dangerous chances started to appear; the first good opportunity fell to the hosts, who mounted a dangerous counterattack. Luis Silva got around William Yarbrough, but couldn’t find the target from an acute angle.
A flurry of late goals gave León a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Veracruz, and moved La Fiera off the foot of the table for the first time since they dropped into 18th in week seven. The loss continued Veracruz’s road woes, as the Tiburones Rojos have lost all seven of their away games this season, scoring just one goal in the process.
León controlled the game throughout, although it took them quite a while to find the breakthrough. In the first half, Mauro Boselli hit the post and Pedro Gallese was in fine form in goal to keep the hosts off the board.
León earned their first win since January with a 0-1 away victory against Tigres UANL. The result still isn’t enough to lift La Fiera out of last place, however, while the universitarios are languishing mid-table and are now winless at home in three.
Tigres dominated possession in the first half, but they were unable to turn that into goals. Their best chance of the half came in the 31st minute following a throw-in, with Jesús Dueñas playing in Ismael Sosa. However, he sent his shot over the bar.
Diego Novaretti will miss the rest of the Clausura 2017 season after a moment of indiscretion in a friendly.
In a friendly game between León and Santos Laguna, held in Chicago during the Liga MX international break, Novaretti was red-carded for pushing referee Rosendo Bermúdez.
The Disciplinary Committee opened an investigation into the incident and concluded that the incident fell under the purview of Article 17 of the Regulation for Sanctions. Novaretti was given a seven-game suspension and fined 35,000 pesos (about $1,870 U.S.).