The game started slowly, with neither team able to take control. Monterrey suffered a setback in the 19th minute when goalkeeper Hugo González had to be subbed out with an apparent muscle injury, but Veracruz was unable to do much to test the backup keeper.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. Nicolás Castillo was unmarked in the box and got to a cross from Jesús Gallardo, sending his low shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 for Pumas.
Chivas controlled the majority of possession in the first half, although Cruz Azul had a few dangerous chances through Martín Rodríguez and Felipe Mora. Nevertheless, it was the hosts who opened the scoring.
The reigning champions earned their first win of the Clausura 2018 with a 2-1 victory against Santos Laguna. The result is the Laguneros’ first loss of the young season and it knocks them from first place in the table.
Tigres were unbeaten in the Volcán last season and they looked to continue that good home form here. They had a pair of decent chances through Jesús Dueñas and then André-Pierre Gignac before opening the scoring in the 22nd minute.
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.
Querétaro earned an important victory with a 0-2 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result, the Gallos Blancos’ first win of the season, gives them a crucial three points in their relegation fight, while Lobos have now lost two in a row and are slipping down the relegation standings.
Querétaro started the game with high pressure and they created some early chances through Luis Noriega and Camilo Sanvezzo, but they couldn’t capitalize on them. Lobos soon grew into the game and the licántropos began to test Tiago Volpi with shots from outside the box.
América twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it as Pachuca earned a 2-2 draw with an 89th-minute equalizer. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten this season, while the Tuzos are still winless but earned their first point.
The game started with a golden opportunity for the hosts to take the lead when referee Fernando Guerrero called Robert Herrera for a foul in the box in the first minute. Oribe Peralta stepped up to take the penalty, but Alfonso Blanco saved it to keep the game 0-0.
Morelia had more of the possession in the opening stanza, but Puebla looked more dangerous when they had the ball. The visitors came within inches of opening the scoring only for Jorge Valadez to clear the ball off the line for Morelia with Sebastián Sosa beaten; the keeper was also called into action to deny first Alonso Escoboza and then Francisco Acuña.
Necaxa controversially had a late goal disallowed as Tijuana earned a win by the minimum difference in the Estadio Caliente. The 1-0 result is the first win of the season for the Xolos, who remain unbeaten, while the Rayos suffered their first loss of the Clausura 2018.
Tijuana came out attacking as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. The Xolos had their first chance in just the third minute when Gustavo Bou tried his luck from distance, but goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero was alert to the danger.
With Querétaro sitting penultimate in the relegation standings, the Gallos Blancos were hoping to pick up the three points in front of their home crowd. The hosts did have the majority of possession, but they were unable to do much with it.