Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Pumas UNAM played out a 0-0 draw. The result is a second straight goalless draw for the Rayos, who remain unbeaten in four, while the universitarios saw their two-game losing streak halted but remain winless in eight.
Pumas was looking for new coach David Patiño to help move them away from the foot of the table, and the visitors looked dangerous early on. However, the final touch was lacking and the universitarios were unable to open the scoring.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Pachuca and Necaxa played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in two while the Rayos remain unbeaten in three.
Pachuca was looking to build on their big midweek win to continue climbing up towards the playoff spots, but it was Necaxa who had the better of the early chances. Alfonso Blanco came up big in the 10th minute to deny Roberto Alvarado the opening goal.
Necaxa extended their home unbeaten streak to four games with a 0-1 victory against Querétaro. The result extends the Gallos Blancos’ losing streak to three games and leaves them winless in six.
The first half was an intense affair, with both Querétaro and Necaxa pushing forward with intent. Tiago Volpi and Marcelo Barovero were both called into action to preserve the scoreline, and despite a number of attempts by both teams, the game remained 0-0 at halftime.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Necaxa. The result leaves the Poblanos unbeaten in two but winless in four while the Rayos are winless in two.
Puebla took advantage of a defensive miscue to open the scoring in the 22nd minute. Christian Marrugo sent a cross into the box that defender Mario de Luna failed to deal with. The ball fell nicely for Lucas Cavallini, who brought it down on his chest and fired past Marcelo Barovero to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (7th) drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in three. La Máquina has three times as many draws as wins in the Apertura – six and two, respectively – and they need to start picking up all three points if they want to stay in the top eight. They do have the second-best defensive record in the league, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Azul for this one.
As for Santos Laguna (14th), the Laguneros drew 0-0 with Toluca last weekend to remain unbeaten in three but also winless at home this season. Their lone win of the Apertura came on the road, and they’ll look for another one here. They picked up an away win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat FC Juárez 0-3.
Monterrey missed a penalty but still did enough to earn their sixth win of the season as they beat Necaxa 1-0. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season and perfect at home, while the Rayos saw their three-game unbeaten streak halted.
Necaxa started the game off strongly, and the visitors came close to opening the scoring in the 4th minute when Carlos González saw his shot from distance crash against the crossbar. The Rayos had several more good chances but they were unable to find the breakthrough.
Lobos BUAP vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Lobos BUAP TV
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 3-2 to Tigres UANL last time out to extend their winless streak to four games. The licántropos have slipped down the Tabla de Cociente as a result and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They will be without the suspended Eduardo Tercero, however. Nevertheless, Lobos have one of the best attacking records in the league (averaging two goals a game) and if they can improve defensively they’ll be well-positioned to get a good result.
As for Monarcas Morelia (9th), the michoacanos beat América 2-0 last time out to give them back-to-back victories. Morelia will look to build on that and extend their winning streak to three when they face the vulnerable Lobos in this one. Morelia has had mixed results on the road, though, where they are 1-1-1 this season.
Necaxa snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory against Atlas. The result leaves the Rojinegros winless in five and extends their road losing streak to three games. Of even more concern for Atlas: the loss drops them into last place in the Tabla de Cociente, pending Veracruz’s game on Sunday.
Necaxa came out looking to make their home-field advantage count and they created chances from the opening whistle. The breakthrough came in the 17th minute, when the unfortunate Facundo Erpen turned the ball into his own net after Miguel Fraga gave up a rebound on a Pablo Velázquez shot. The own-goal made it 1-0 for the Rayos.
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for a 1-1 draw. The result leaves the Rayos winless in four while La Máquina remains unbeaten this season.
After a fairly even first half, Necaxa took the lead in the 58th minute from a play that started with Marcelo Barovero. The keeper sent a long ball upfield that Carlos González brought down and sent on to Pablo Velázquez, who made it 1-0 from inside the box.