Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Necaxa and Jaguares de Chiapas had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in three but winless in four, while Jaguares remain winless in two and winless in four on the road.
With both teams involved in the relegation fight, there was plenty of motivation on both sides to earn a victory. Necaxa seized the initiative and began to test Moisés Muñoz, with Edson Puch having the first opportunity of the night.
Santos Laguna remained unbeaten in the Clausura 2017 season after a 2-2 draw with Necaxa. The Laguneros twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it; they have now drawn four straight games while the result leaves the Rayos winless in two.
The hosts started the game better and dominated the early going. In the 25th minute, they made the pressure pay off with the opening goal. Djaniny played in Osvaldo Martínez, who chipped Marcelo Barovero to make it 1-0.
Atlante 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 6)
Atlante took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 1-3 away win in this Group 6 match. The victory ensures Chivas will advance to the knockout rounds of the Copa MX. The opening goal came in the 24th minute through Fernando Espinosa, whose shot from the center of the box made it 1-0.
Chivas had to wait until the second half to find a goal of their own, with Carlos Fierro making it 1-1 in the 61st minute. A few minutes later, both teams were reduced to 10 men with the sending offs of Carlos Cauich and Hedgardo Marín. Ultimately it was Chivas who took advantage of the extra space on the field, with goals from Eduardo López in the 84th minute and Michelle Benítez in stoppage time to give them the 1-3 victory.
With the 1-3 win, Chivas reaches 10 points while Atlante still has four.
Necaxa’s two-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt with their 1-4 loss to Querétaro on Saturday night. The win is a second consecutive one for the Gallos Blancos, who scored more goals tonight than in their previous six games combined.
Querétaro got the ball rolling early, with Luis Noriega giving them the 0-1 lead in just the 6th minute after some combination play with Emanuel Villa. But Necaxa looked for a response after falling into that early hole, and in the 25th minute they managed to tie the game.
Cruz Azul vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (14th) drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless in five. La Máquina is unbeaten at home this season, and the Estadio Azul was also the site of their lone win to date; they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They failed to win in midweek as well, however, where a 0-0 draw with Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX extended their winless streak in all competitions to eight games.
As for Atlas (11th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Clásico Tapatío last weekend. That result ended their home unbeaten streak and leaves them winless in two overall. Atlas is unbeaten in two on the road, however, and they’ll look to add to Cruz Azul’s woes with another away win in this one. They will also be more rested than their opponent, as Atlas did not have a midweek game.
Necaxa 1-2 Jaguares de Chiapas (Group 5)
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 1-2 to Jaguares de Chiapas. The result ends the Rayos’ unbeaten run in the competition, while also giving Jaguares their first victory. Necaxa started the game off well, and they took the lead in just the 8th minute. Fabián Espíndola finished off a loose ball after it rebounded against the woodwork to give the hosts the 1-0 lead.
Jaguares didn’t properly settle into the game until the second half, and even then it took a mistake by Necaxa to allow them to get on the board. Luis Miño recovered the ball at the top of the box and sent it past Yosgart Gutiérrez to make it 1-1 in the 67th minute. With the score level, the intensity of the game ratcheted up as both teams looked for a winner. Just as the game was looking destined to end 1-1, Enrique Esqueda completed the comeback for Jaguares with his 86th minute goal.
With the 1-2 win, Jaguares reach four points while Necaxa still has four.
Necaxa handed Tijuana their first home loss of the season as they Rayos picked up a 1-2 victory in the Estadio Caliente. The defeat snaps a four-game winning streak for the Xolos, while Necaxa is now unbeaten in two.
The hosts started the game off better, as they controlled possession and kept the ball in Necaxa’s defensive third. In the 16th minute, Víctor Malcorra came as close as hitting the post, but Tijuana couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa fought back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season – but also winless in four – while the Rayos remain winless in two.
The visitors, who were looking to snap a run of draws, started the game off better and created a number of chances, particularly when they used the speed of Yimmi Chara and Dorlan Pabón to find space behind the defense.