In this relegation six-pointer, a last-minute goal gave Monarcas Morelia the 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result is a second straight victory for Morelia and keeps them unbeaten in three, while Puebla has now lost two in a row.
Neither team wanted to lose this game far more than either one wanted to win it. Play was decidedly cautious for long stretches of the game, and goal-scoring chances didn’t begin to appear in earnest until the second half.
Monarcas Morelia earned a 0-2 away win against Tijuana in their Clausura 2017 Copa MX quarterfinal game.
Tijuana controlled the run of play in the first half, with the hosts enjoying more possession and a number of dangerous chances. Víctor Malcorra and Paul Arriola were very active going forward and the pair nearly connected to open the scoring, only for a deflection to send the ball over the bar.
However, in the second half Morelia got into the game. The visitors began to create their own chances, albeit primarily through set pieces.
A penalty kick gave Monarcas Morelia a 1-0 victory against Veracruz in this game with huge relegation implications. The result ends a two-game winless streak for Morelia while extending the Tiburones Rojos’ losing streak to four games. More importantly, it allowed Morelia to leapfrog Veracruz in the relegation standings.
Morelia looked to make their home field advantage count in order to move off the foot of the Tabla de Cociente, and the hosts had the best chance of the first half. In the 35th minute, Veracruz struggled to clear their lines and Sebastián Vegas pounced on a rebound, only for Pedro Gallese to make a great save to keep the game goalless.
Venados 1-1 Atlante (Group 6)
Venados earned their first point of the Copa MX in their final game of the tournament with a 1-1 draw with Atlante. The result leaves Atlante needing several other results to go their way in order to advance. The visitors looked the better side for long stretches of the game, but Venados defended valiantly and prevented the Potros from getting the win they needed.
Then, late in the second half, the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot. Fernando Herrera was called for a foul on Freddy Martín, and Leandro Navarro converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 in the 72nd minute. But Atlante quickly found a response, with Óscar Uscanga tying the game 1-1 in the 76th minute.
With the 1-1 draw, Venados reach one point while Atlante reaches five.
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in two while leaving Morelia winless in the same span.
The visitors, who would have moved out of last place in the relegation standings with a win, came out looking to earn exactly that. Morelia had the better of the early opportunities, and in the 29th minute their pressure paid off with a penalty.
Atlas 2-1 Puebla (Group 4)
Atlas kept their hopes of advancing alive with a 2-1 win over Puebla in this Group 4 game. The Poblanos are still top of the group but are now vulnerable to losing that spot. The Rojinegros went into this game winless in Copa MX play, but they took the lead in the 18th minute. Édgar Zaldívar won the ball and played in Jahir Barraza, whose diagonal shot made it 1-0.
The hosts added to their lead in the second half, when Rodolfo Salinas finished off a corner kick to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Atlas looked in complete control, but Puebla made the final few minutes interesting after they reduced the deficit in the 85th minute, with the unfortunate Federico González scoring an own-goal to put the visitors on the board. However, Atlas was able to hold on to the lead and secure their first win of the competition.
With the 2-1 win, Atlas reaches four points while Puebla still has seven.
Toluca extended their winning streak to three games and their unbeaten streak to four as they beat Monarcas Morelia 1-2 on Saturday night. The result leaves Morelia winless at home in three and also leaves them in last place in the relegation standings.
Veracruz’s loss earlier this weekend left Morelia with the opportunity to leapfrog their relegation rivals with a win tonight, but they were unable to take advantage. Toluca looked the more dangerous team and Carlos Felipe Rodríguez was called on repeatedly to keep the game goalless.