In a game where both teams had the lead at one time or another, Puebla and Lobos BUAP had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps La Franja unbeaten in two but winless in three, while the Licántropos saw their two-game winning streak halted but remain unbeaten in three.
The Clásico Poblano started off without many clear chances for either side, with the ball staying largely in midfield. But shortly before halftime, Lobos took the lead. Mauro Laínez took the ball into the box and sent a low cross across the face of goal for Leonardo Ramos, who sent it home at the far post to make it 0-1 in the 39th minute.
After a 40-minute delay in the second half due to heavy rain and poor field conditions, Lobos BUAP earned a 0-1 away win against León. The result snaps a five-game losing streak and seven-game winless streak for the Licántropos, while La Fiera saw their own losing streak grow to three games.
The hosts started the game off better, but Lobos’ defense limited their chances. The first one of note came in the 22nd minute through Luis Montes, but his shot from outside the box ended up just off target.
Pumas UNAM moved into second place with a comprehensive 4-2 victory against Lobos BUAP. The result is a second straight win for the universitarios, who are unbeaten in three, while the Licántropos have now lost five in a row and are winless in seven.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. José Esquivel tried to cut out a cross, but the defender only managed to redirect the ball into the path of Alan Mendoza, who made it 1-0.
América earned a 0-2 away win against Lobos BUAP in the final game of Jornada 8. The result is a fourth straight loss for the Licántropos, who are winless in six, while the Águilas snapped a three-game winless streak and are now unbeaten in two.
Lobos were looking to get back on track on home ground, but it was América who had the first good chance of the game with an early corner kick. Guido Rodríguez connected with the set piece, but Jordan Sierra made the defensive play to preserve the draw in the 3rd minute.
Toluca vs Santos Laguna – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (8th) fell 1-2 to León last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. The Diablos Rojos failed to win in midweek as well, where they drew 2-2 with FC Juárez in the Copa MX. They’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one, and they’re traditionally hard to beat at home (last week’s result notwithstanding). Toluca has one of the better attacking records in the league and they’re average two gaols a game at home this season; they’ll look to keep that pace up in this one.
As for Santos Laguna (3rd), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend to keep them winless in two but unbeaten in five. They avoided defeat in midweek as well, where they drew 0-0 with Pachuca in the Copa MX in midweek. Santos has a bit of a mixed record on the road so far, though, where they’re 1-1-1. But they’re just three points out of first place and they’ll be looking for a win in this one against a Toluca side that’s been on a bit of a slide as of late.
Querétaro remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-0 victory against Lobos BUAP. The result is a second straight win for the Gallos Blancos, who are now unbeaten in three, while the Licántropos have now lost three in a row and remain winless in five.
The hosts looked the stronger side in the first half, although clear goal-scoring chances were few and far between for both teams. The first opportunity of note didn’t come until the 20th minute, when Abraham González tried his luck from outside the box, but his shot went harmlessly high.
Pachuca earned their first win of the season with a 3-0 victory against Lobos BUAP. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in two while the Licántropos are winless in three and winless on the road.
Pachuca took the initiative early on as they looked to finally get that elusive first win. Their first good chance came in the 10th minute with a header by Erick Gutiérrez, but Toño Rodríguez made the save.
Cruz Azul vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (2nd) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The draw did bring La Máquina’s perfect run to a halt, however, although they got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory against Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Cruz Azul is still perfect at home and they’ll look for another win in this one. They’ve also conceded just one goal this season, and that came while they were playing with just 10 men. They will be without the suspended Pablo Aguilar for this one, though.
As for León (11th), La Fiera beat Querétaro 4-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep that good run of form going here against a tough opponent. León has been on a goal-scoring streak as of late and they’ll look to test Cruz Azul’s defensive record in this one.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Lobos BUAP and Atlas played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Licántropos unbeaten at home this season but winless in two overall, while the Rojinegros are still looking for their first win – and their first goal.
Atlas was looking to end their season-long scoring drought, and they found an early chance in this one, with Ulises Cardona trying his luck from the top of the box. However, Toño Rodríguez made the save in the 6th minute.
Lobos BUAP vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 1-0 to Necaxa last weekend to remain winless on the road this season. The Licantropos’ lone win of the Apertura came at home, and they’ll look for a repeat performance as they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have one of the better defensive records to date, but they’ve also struggled for goals. They’ll look for their attack to come to life here. Lobos will also have the advantage of being better rested as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (17th), the Rojinegros fell 0-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them winless this season. Atlas also has yet to score a goal in league play, although they did manage a 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas has had problems at both ends of the field; in addition to the worst attacking record, they’re died for the worst defensive record as well, having conceded six goals to date. Atlas will look to turn things around with an away win – or at least a goal – in this one.