Santos Laguna came from behind to earn a comprehensive 5-1 victory over León. The result is a second straight win for the Laguneros, who are unbeaten in five, while La Fiera suffered their third four-goal loss in their last four games.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, though, as León took the lead in the very first minute. Jonathan Orozco let a back-pass bounce away directly into the path of Mauro Boselli, who took advantage and sent the ball into the empty net to make it 0-1 for León.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended six players and upheld a red card appeal in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 5 games.
The standout suspension goes to Francisco Rodríguez of Lobos BUAP, who was given a two-game suspension for serious foul play. Jorge Hernández of Pachuca and Osmar Mares of Veracruz were suspended for the same reason, but for only one game each.
Monterrey remained unbeaten this season – and moved into first place in the table, pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with an emphatic 5-1 victory against León. The result is a second straight heavy loss for La Fiera, who remain winless in three.
The Rayados, looking for their first home win of the season, poured the pressure on early. By the time Avilés Hurtado opened the scoring in the 16th minute, Monterrey had already seen a shot cleared off the line and a would-be goal disallowed. After Hurtado made it 1-0 with some good individual play, the hosts completely dominated the game.
Querétaro vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (14th) fell 1-0 to Monarcas Morelia to keep them winless in two. The Gallos Blancos are also winless at home this season, with a loss and a draw in La Corregidora, but they’ll look to change that here when they take on a relegation rival. Of concern for Querétaro is their goal-scoring – or lack thereof. The Gallos have been shut out in three of their four games to date. On the other hand, they’ve only allowed two goals all season.
As for Veracruz (16th), the Tiburones Rojos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless in the Clausura. Veracruz is sitting at the foot of the relegation standings and needs to pick up points ASAP if they want to remain in Liga MX next season. The Tiburones Rojos did manage to score their first goal of the season last weekend, and they’ll look to build on that here.
Necaxa earned their first win of the season in style with a 0-4 away win against León. The result brings León’s unbeaten start to the Clausura 2018 to an abrupt halt.
The visitors had the first chance of the game with a shot from Víctor Dávila in just the 7th minute, but William Yarbrough made the save. It took León until the 17th minute to find a notable chance of their own, with Elías Hernández forcing a save out of Marcelo Barovero.
Lobos BUAP vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (18th) fell 3-1 to Pachuca last weekend to remain winless this season. The licántropos have suffered three consecutive losses to start the Clausura, which has seen them drop down the relegation standings. Another loss here could see them fall as far as 17th in the Tabla de Cociente. Lobos’ defense has been their main problem; they’ve allowed nine goals to date, a league high. Although they’ve scored three goals of their own, they haven’t been able to make those goals stand up. They need to focus on keeping a clean sheet when they return home for this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (1st), the universitarios drew 0-0 with América last weekend in the Clásico Capitalino. The result keeps Pumas unbeaten this season, although they are no longer perfect. They got back to winning ways in midweek with a 3-0 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX and they’ll look for another league win here when they face the team on the opposite end of the table.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Cruz Azul and León played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps both teams unbeaten this season although it also ends León’s perfect start to the Clausura 2018.
The visitors controlled the first half and La Fiera created a number of dangerous chances. The clearest came in the 21st minute, when Elías Hernández sent his left-footed shot to the far post; Jesús Corona was stranded, but Enzo Roco was there on the line to head the ball clear and save Cruz Azul.
Querétaro vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Galavisión
Querétaro (9th) beat Lobos BUAP 0-2 last weekend to give the Gallos Blancos their first win of the season – and a little breathing room in the relegation standings. They earned another win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Monarcas Morelia 3-1. Querétaro will look to keep the good results coming here, although they will be without the suspended Edson Puch for this one.
As for Tigres UANL (10th), the universitarios beat Santos Laguna 2-1 last weekend to similarly earn their first win of the season. The reigning champions will now look for their first away win when they visit Querétaro here. Tigres will be better-rested than their opponent as they had no midweek game.
Cafetaleros 2-1 León
Cafetaleros moved into first place in Group 1 with a 2-1 win against León. The visitors looked dangerous when Maxi Cerato and Álvaro Ramos combined, while Cafetaleros created chances of their own on the counter. But despite a number of opportunities at either end, neither team could break the deadlock in the first half.
The breakthrough didn’t come until the 74th minute, when Diego de la Torre sent in a cross for Leonardo Ramos, whose header made it 1-0 for the hosts. In the 82nd minute, Eduardo Pérez made it 2-0 as he won the ball in the box, got around the keeper, and scored. León pulled a goal back in stoppage time through Iván Piris, but La Fiera wasn’t able to go on to find an equalizer.
With the 2-1 win, Cafetaleros reach three points while León still has three.
León earned a comfortable 3-1 win against 10-man Toluca in their Clausura 2018 home debut. The result is a second straight win for La Fiera, while the Diablos Rojos remain winless.
León looked to make their home field advantage count in this one and they had the first good chance of the game through Andrés Andrade, who hit the post early on. Toluca then had an opportunity of their own through Fernando Uribe, but William Yarbrough made the save.