Santos Laguna earned a comfortable 3-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara to see them start the Apertura 2019 season at the top of the table.
Santos came out looking to make their home field advantage count, and they looked dangerous from the beginning, with Brian Lozano hitting the woodwork in the 11th minute. Chivas struggled to make their mark on the game, displaying a lack of creativity in the final third.
Querétaro picked up a 0-2 away win against 10-man Toluca to start their Apertura 2019 season off on a positive note.
The hosts had the first chance of the game, with Felipe Pardo getting into a dangerous spot, but his shot was deflected by Jair Pereira and went out for a corner kick. Querétaro created chances of their own, with Ayron del Valle forcing a save out of Alfredo Talavera, who also stopped an attempt by Alonso Escoboza.
Both teams had penalty kicks, but even so neither could break the deadlock as Necaxa and Cruz Azul played out a 0-0 draw to start their Apertura 2019 seasons.
These two faced each other less than a week ago in the SuperCopa MX, where Cruz Azul walked away with a 4-0 victory; La Máquina was not able to carry that form over into this match, however. The opening was cagey, with few chances of note for either side, although on the balance the visitors looked more dangerous.
Tigres UANL started their title defense with a convincing 4-2 victory against Monarcas Morelia in their Apertura 2019 debut.
The universitarios took control of the game from the opening minute and it was just a matter of time before they found the opening goal. The breakthrough came in the 19th minute through Luiz Rodríguez, whose shot from just outside the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as América came back for an emphatic 4-2 victory.
The game started off well for the Rayados, who took the lead in just the 7th minute. The Águilas lost the ball trying to play out of the back, and Rogelio Funes Mori took advantage to slip in behind the defense and make it 0-1 for Monterrey.
Pachuca’s defense looked disjointed from the start as León picked up a 1-3 away win despite finishing the game with just 10 players.
León appeared to have taken the lead just minutes in, but the would-be goal was controversially disallowed. In the 5th minute, Ismael Sosa received the ball in the box but had it taken away before he could shoot; however, failed to clear it and Sosa won the ball back and put it into the net, only for a foul to be called.
Pumas UNAM spoiled Atlético San Luis’s Liga MX debut with a 0-2 away victory against the Potosinos.
The hosts had their chances; Unai Bilbao came within inches of giving San Luis the lead with his header that crashed against the crossbar, and Ian González had a pair of chances as well, only for Alfredo Saldívar to make the necessary saves.
A deluge delayed kickoff by close to an hour, but the game eventually went ahead and Atlas emerged the victors with a 1-0 win against FC Juárez.
The conditions left the field sloppy and, as is typical for the first game of the season, play was somewhat disjointed. The Bravos had the better of it in the opening minutes, but Atlas soon took control.
Puebla’s Apertura 2019 season got off to a disappointing start as they fell 1-3 at home to Tijuana after having taken the lead.
The Poblanos were looking to make their home field advantage count and they had a promising start. In the 14th minute, Lucas Cavallini took the ball down the center and played in Christian Tabó on the right; he rounded the onrushing goalkeeper and sent the ball into the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.