Although Necaxa’s need for points was greater, it was Morelia who came out attacking. Raúl Ruidíaz had the first good chance but Marcelo Barovero was able to make a stunning save to deny him.
Necaxa earned their second consecutive win with a comprehensive 5-0 thrashing of Lobos BUAP. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten at home in six, while the licántropos have lost four of their last five.
Necaxa took the lead in the 12th minute after Carlos González and Martín Barragán combined, with the Paraguayan finishing off the play to make it 1-0.
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX Round of Sixteen wrapped up this Wednesday with the remaining four games. Three of them were decided in regulation, while one went to penalties, as Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Monterrey, and Chivas de Guadalajara advanced to the quarterfinals.
Santos Laguna 2-0 Necaxa
Two late goals gave Santos Laguna a 2-0 victory against Necaxa. The first half was dominated by Santos, but they couldn’t make their chances count (although Carlos Izquierdoz came as close as hitting the crossbar).
The first half started off cagey and bogged down in midfield; as time wore on, the game opened up and play became more end-to-end. However, there were few real goal-scoring opportunities.
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.
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.
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 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.
The nine group winners and seven best second-place teams advanced to the Round of Sixteen, where they were seeded and paired up based on the number of points earned in the group stage.
The Round of Sixteen games will be held between September 19th and 21st.