Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca came back for a 1-2 away win. The result is a second straight victory for the Tuzos and a second straight loss for Morelia, who remains winless in the Apertura 2017 season.
The visitors had the better of the chances in the early going, with Ángelo Sagal and Erick Gutiérrez getting involved in the attack. However, it was the hosts who opened the scoring. In the 33rd minute, Gastón Lezcano sent a cross into the box for Raúl Ruidíaz, who beat Alfonso Blanco to make it 1-0.
Monarcas Morelia vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) fell 2-1 to Querétaro last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. The michoacanos remain winless in the Apertura, with last weekend’s loss ending a run of draws. They’ll look to finally get that elusive first victory when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one, but they have one of the lowest-scoring attacks in the league and have managed just one goal in their two home games to date.
As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos beat Tigres UANL 2-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Pachuca also won in midweek, where they beat Querétaro 0-1 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in this one. The Tuzos have also had some trouble in front of goal this season, but they’ll look to take advantage of another struggling team in this one.
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Querétaro came back for a 2-1 win. The result ends Morelia’s unbeaten start to the season while snapping a two-game winless streak for the Gallos Blancos.
Querétaro started the game off well as they went in search of their first home win. Everaldo Stum in particular looked dangerous in attack, and he had a good chance in the 18th minute; however, Mario Osuna was able to intervene as Stum lined up for a left-footed shot.
Querétaro vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Querétaro (9th) drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL last weekend to remain winless in two. The Gallos Blancos went winless in midweek as well, where they drew 0-0 with Pachuca in the Copa MX. Querétaro will now look to get back to winning ways when they return to La Corregidora; however, their home stadium has not been too kind to them to date. They are still looking for their first home win, point, and goal of the Apertura season.
As for Morelia (12th), the michoacanos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain both winless and unbeaten this season. Morelia has drawn all three of their league games to date, and they drew in the Copa MX in midweek as well, 1-1 against Necaxa. Morelia has one of the best defensive records so far, but their attack has been sluggish. They’ll look to rectify that and finally get into the “W” column here.
Zacatepec 2-1 Tigres UANL (Group 5)
Zacatepec remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Tigres UANL. The result leaves the universitarios winless in Group 5. The visitors started the game off well with chances from Enner Valencia and Luis Cruz, but they couldn’t capitalize on them. Instead, the hosts took the lead in the 17th minute, when Armando González beat Enrique Palos from close range to make it 1-0.
Zacatepec added to their lead 10 minutes later after a penalty call in their favor. Luis Márquez converted the spot kick to make it 2-0. Tigres looked to respond in the second half, and they were able to reduce the deficit in the 78th minute. Damián Álvarez got free on the left, cut inside, and sent his shot past Víctor Hugo Hernández to make it 2-1. That goal set up a frenetic finale as Tigres pushed for an equalizer, but in the end Zacatepec held on to the lead.
With the 2-1 win, Zacatepec reaches four points while Tigres still have one.
Santos Laguna took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Monarcas Morelia. The result leaves both teams both winless and unbeaten in the Apertura 2017 after three straight draws to start the season.
Morelia came out looking to earn their first win in front of their home crowd, and Raúl Ruidíaz had the ball in the net very early on, only for the would-be goal to be disallowed for offside.
Monarcas Morelia vs Santos Laguna – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (13th) drew 1-1 with Puebla last weekend to remain both winless and unbeaten this season. After two straight draws, the Monarquía will look for their first victory of the season when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one. Morelia will also look to find their scoring touch after managing just one goal in two games to start the season.
As for Santos Laguna (11th), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL to likewise remain both winless and unbeaten after a pair of draws to start the Apertura. They’ve been more prolific in front of goal, but they’ve also conceded more frequently. Nevertheless, Santos will look to shut out Morelia’s struggling attack in this one. They will be without coach José Manuel de la Torre, however, as he is suspended.
Brayan Angulo scored twice, once for either side, as Puebla and Monarcas Morelia played out a 1-1 draw. The result keeps Morelia unbeaten in the Apertura 2017, but leaves both teams still looking for their first win.
The Poblanos were looking to recover from a painful week one loss in their first home game, but Morelia looked better in the opening minutes. Puebla was careless with the ball in their own defensive third and the michoacanos nearly took advantage in the 4th minute, but they couldn’t quite get the ball on target.
Puebla vs Monarcas Morelia – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (18th) had a dreadful start to the Apertura season as they suffered a 5-0 loss to León. The Poblanos will look to rebound from that in their first home game, but they will have to do so without the suspended Pablo Míguez. Puebla did pick up a win in midweek, though, where they beat Atlante 1-0 in the Copa MX.
As for Monarcas Morelia (12th), the michoacanos drew 0-0 with Monterrey in their season opener and will also be looking for their first league win of the season in this one. Like Puebla, Morelia picked up a win in their midweek Copa MX game, a 2-1 victory against Mineros. That game, like Morelia’s league opener, was at home, and they will look to keep their unbeaten streak alive in their first road game here.
Puebla 1-0 Atlante (Group 4)
Puebla beat Atlante 1-0 in the opening game of Group 4 thanks to a penalty kick late in the first half. The hosts started the game off well and could have opened the scoring in the very first minute when Gabriel Esparza found himself unmarked in the box with the ball, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
Then, in the 41st minute, Gabriel España was called for a handball in the box. Carlos Salom stepped up to take the penalty kick and he converted it to give Puebla the 1-0 lead. The Poblanos had chances to add to their lead in the second half, but the final touch was lacking. Atlante did little to threaten a tying goal and in the end the PK was enough for Puebla.
With the 1-0 win, Puebla reaches three points while Atlante still has zero.