Toluca nearly took the lead in unlikely fashion in the 10th minute as Marcelo Barovero whiffed on a backpass. The ball rolled past him towards the empty net, hit the inside of the post, and rebounded back into the box where the grateful goalkeeper scooped it up.
Toluca vs Necaxa – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (3rd) drew 0-0 with Cruz Azul last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but end their two-game winning streak. The Diablos Rojos did win in midweek, though, with a 1-2 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX. They are perfect at home to date, with two wins in two games, and they’ll look for another victory in the Estadio Nemesio Diez in this one.
As for Necaxa (5th), the Rayos fell 0-3 to León last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. They rebounded in midweek with a 4-0 victory against Mineros de Zacatecas in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to get back on track in league play here. Necaxa remains unbeaten on the road this season, but continuing that streak in the Nemesio Diez could be a tough ask.
Necaxa 4-0 Mineros de Zacatecas (Group 9)
Necaxa remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Mineros de Zacatecas. The result leaves Mineros winless in the competition. The Rayos took an early lead and never looked back, with Martín Barragán finishing off a low cross from Daniel Álvarez in the third minute to make it 1-0. Then, in the 7th minute, Necaxa earned a penalty kick after Víctor Dávila was fouled in the box. Barragán took and converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.
Mineros tried to overcome the early deficit, but the chances did not go their way. The visitors had a golden opportunity to get back into the game with a penalty of their own, but Roberto Nurse saw his PK saved by Aarón Fernández. Then in the second half, Necaxa put the game completely out of reach. Dávila scored a volley to make it 3-0 and then Dieter Villalpando scored direct from a free kick to make it 4-0 in the 74th.
With the 4-0 win, Necaxa reaches seven points while Mineros still have zero.
The game started off slowly, with Necaxa controlling possession but not generating many goal-scoring opportunities with it. The first clear chance didn’t come until the 37th minute, when Xavi Báez sent a long pass to Jesús Isijara, whose shot went just wide.
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.
Chivas de Guadalajara took a two-goal lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 2-2 with Necaxa. The result keeps El Rebaño both unbeaten and winless in league play after three straight draws, while the Rayos remain unbeaten but are no longer perfect.
The game started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 8th minute. Rodolfo Pizarro sent in a cross for Ángel Zaldívar, who sent his first-time attempt past Marcelo Barovero to make it 1-0 for Chivas.
Lobos BUAP vs Pachuca – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) earned a comprehensive 0-4 away win against Querétaro last weekend to keep the licántropos unbeaten this season. They’ll now look for their first home win when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos will be without injured goalkeeper Lucero Álvarez, but they’re tied for the most prolific attack in the league to date and they’ll look to keep their streak going here.
As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos fell 0-2 to América last weekend to remain winless, pointless, and goalless in league play. They did score – and win – in the Copa MX in midweek, a 0-1 win against Cimarrones. They’ll now look to get off the mark in league play against a surprisingly dangerous newly-promoted team.
The standout suspensions go to Alejandro Donatti of Tijuana and Miguel Ángel Ponce of Necaxa, who were both given two-game suspensions; Donatti for violent conduct and Ponce for serious foul play.
Celaya 1-1 Pumas UNAM (Group 2)
Celaya took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Pumas UNAM. The result keeps Celaya winless while the universitarios took a point in their Copa debut. There were chances at both ends in the first half, with Ángel Reyna and Joffre Guerrón looking dangerous for their respective teams, but it wasn’t until the second half that the hosts found the breakthrough.
In the 65th minute, Celaya mounted a quick counterattack, with Reyna finding Pablo Ruíz, whose shot was blocked. But the rebound fell to Diego de la Tejera, who made it 1-0 for the Toros. They dropped back to defend their lead, but Pumas found the equalizer in the 77th minute. From a corner kick, José García sent the ball back across for Luis Quintana, whose bicycle kick made it 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw, Celaya and Pumas both reach one point.