Necaxa controlled the game from start to finish as Atlas continued to struggle to put on consistent performances at home. The Rayos had several early chances, with both the woodwork and the goalkeeper working hard to keep them off the board. But their persistence paid off in the 26th minute, when Fernando González made it 0-1 for the visitors.
Rafael Baca of Cruz Azul was given a one-game suspension for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, while Jesús Angulo of Santos Laguna was suspended for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Alexis Pérez of Querétaro, Alexis Vega of Chivas de Guadalajara, and Luis Felipe Gallegos of Necaxa were all given one-game suspensions for serious foul play.
León tied the league record for consecutive victories with a 2-1 win against Necaxa. The result is a 10th straight win for La Fiera, while the Rayos saw their three-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The visitors were looking to solidify a playoff place, while the hosts were looking to remain top of the table. Necaxa started the game off with more possession, and they had the first chance in the 8th minute through Brian Fernández, although Rodolfo Cota easily made the save.
Necaxa picked up just their second home win of the season with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz. The result gives the Rayos back-to-back victories and keeps them unbeaten in three, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless this season.
Veracruz’s relegation seems ever more of a sure thing, with the Tiburones showing a complete inability to find goals, points, and victories with two-thirds of the Clausura 2019 season gone. They nearly shot themselves in the foot in the 22nd minute of this game when two defenders collided trying to clear a cross and came within inches of sending the ball into their own net.
Toluca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends a three-game losing streak for the Rayos, but keeps them winless in five, while the Diablos Rojos are now unbeaten in two.
The game appeared to have started perfectly for the hosts, with Rodrigo Contreras putting the ball in the back of the net in the very first minute, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 1-2 to Tijuana. The result is a second straight win for the Xolos, who are unbeaten in four, while the Rayos have now lost two in a row and are winless in three.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to keep their home unbeaten streak alive, and both Martín Barragán and Ángel Sepúlveda were active in attack, but Manuel Gibrán Lajud stopped everything that got to him.
Tigres UANL saw off a late comeback attempt by Necaxa to pick up a 3-2 victory. The result extends the universitarios’ winning streak to four games, while the Rayos suffered their first loss of the season.
The game started off at a fast pace, with both teams pushing for an early lead. Tigres had the better of the run of play initially, but Necaxa created good chances of their own, and in the 25th minute they came within inches of opening the scoring as Ángel Sepúlveda hit the post.
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (10th) drew 1-1 with Toluca last weekend to remain winless in two. They’ll look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Azteca, the scene of their last league victory, for this one. La Máquina has had some trouble scoring this season, though, with just four goals through six games and just one goal at home. On the other hand, they’re tied for the second-best defensive record in the league with only five goals allowed and three clean sheets. They’ll look to eke out another close win here.
As for Santos Laguna (9th), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to also remain winless in two. Santos is winless on the road as well, with two losses and a draw on their travels, and they’ll look to change that stat here. Like Cruz Azul, Santos hasn’t been all that prolific in front of goal, and they have yet to score more than one goal in a game. Changing that against Cruz Azul’s stingy defense might prove difficult.
In a wild game where both teams had the lead at one time or another, a stoppage-time goal saw Necaxa draw 3-3 with Chivas de Guadalajara. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten this season – but winless at home in two – while el Rebaño remains unbeaten in two but winless in three.
Chivas came out attacking as they looked to get back to winning ways, and they found several early chances. Alexis Vega and Alan Pulido both had opportunities, but couldn’t truly threaten Hugo González’s goal.
Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (18th) fell 2-0 to América last weekend to keep them winless and pointless this season. The Gallos Blancos have suffered through five straight losses and have the worst defensive record in the league with 11 goals allowed. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they suffered a 2-3 loss to Zacatepec in the Copa MX, which will not help their confidence at all going into this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (16th), the universitarios drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless this season as well – although they also remained unbeaten at home. Pumas did look improved under the direction of new coach Bruno Marioni, though, and they’ll now look for their first win of the season against the league’s basement dwellers. Pumas will also have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not play a midweek game.