Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten at home this season but also winless in two overall, while the Poblanos remain winless on the road and winless in three overall.
Puebla started the game off well and they began to threaten Hugo González’s goal immediately. It took them just 7 minutes to find the breakthrough; Diego Cruz and Francisco Acuña combined well before Cruz sent the ball in for Lucas Cavallini, who made it 0-1.
Cruz Azul vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (2nd) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The draw did bring La Máquina’s perfect run to a halt, however, although they got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory against Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Cruz Azul is still perfect at home and they’ll look for another win in this one. They’ve also conceded just one goal this season, and that came while they were playing with just 10 men. They will be without the suspended Pablo Aguilar for this one, though.
As for León (11th), La Fiera beat Querétaro 4-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep that good run of form going here against a tough opponent. León has been on a goal-scoring streak as of late and they’ll look to test Cruz Azul’s defensive record in this one.
Monarcas Morelia remained perfect at home this season with a 2-1 win against Necaxa. The result keeps Morelia unbeaten in three overall, while the Rayos remain winless on the road.
The game started off slowly, with few chances and neither team able to take control. Then, in the 18th minute, Diego Valdés received the ball outside the box and sent his right-footed shot into the corner to give Morelia the 1-0 lead with a golazo.
Puebla vs Veracruz – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (13th) fell 2-0 to Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The Poblanos have yet to register a point – or a goal – as the visiting team; on the other hand, they’re perfect at home, albeit they’ve only had one game in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc so far in the Apertura. Puebla will look for another home win in this one as they look to climb up the table. A win here would be particularly valuable as they’re facing a relegation rival. They’re tied for the worst defensive record in the league, though, so they’ll need a better effort in the back if they want to get their second win of the season here.
As for Veracruz (15th), the Tiburones Rojos drew 2-2 with Monarcas Morelia last weekend to remain winless this season. The draw did give them their first point of the Apertura, though, and they also found the back of the net for the first time this season. Veracruz will look for their first win here as they look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense. On the other hand, Veracruz’s defense hasn’t been any better, and they’ll need to shore things up defensively if they want to make their goals stand up this week.
Despite going down to 10 men in the first half, Necaxa was able to earn a 1-0 win against Lobos BUAP. The result keeps the Rayos perfect at home this season, while the Licántropos remain winless on the road.
Both teams came out attacking and the visitors had the first good chance when Aldo Cruz tried his luck from distance. Hugo González made the save to send the ball out for a corner kick, and Francisco Rodríguez nearly scored from that set piece, only for Brian Fernández to make the goal-line save.
Necaxa vs Lobos BUAP – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (11th) fell 5-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to give them their first loss of the young season. The Rayos will look to get back on track when they return home for this one, and they did earn a 1-0 win against TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. Necaxa’s defense will need to be better, though; last week’s shellacking means the Rayos currently have the worst defensive record in the league.
As for Lobos BUAP (8th), the Licántropos beat Veracruz 2-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Lobos are still winless on the road, though, and they’ll look to change that here. They’ll have the advantage of being better-rested than Necaxa, as Lobos did not have a midweek game. They’ve also scored in both their games to date and they’ll look to give Necaxa’s defense another difficult outing in this one.
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pumas UNAM stormed back for a 5-3 victory. The result is a second straight win for the universitarios, while the Rayos suffered their first loss of the young season.
Pumas had the first chance of the game through Alan Mendoza, but his shot from distance crashed against the crossbar. Then, in the 13th minute, Necaxa took the lead with some good team play. Felipe Callegos found Brian Fernández in the box, and he sent the ball on to Víctor Dávila who made it 0-1 for the visitors.
Pumas UNAM vs Necaxa – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) picked up a 0-2 away win against Veracruz last weekend, but the universitarios fell 1-2 to TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. They’ll now look to get back to winning ways in their first home game of the season here. Pumas had an indifferent home record last season though, with the fewest home points of any of the playoff teams; they’ll look for a stronger showing in the Estadio Olímpico Universitario this time out.
As for Necaxa (6th), the Rayos earned a 2-1 win against América last weekend and they’ll look to make it two in a row when they hit the road for this one. Necaxa was a good away team last season, losing just once in nine outings, and they’ll have the advantage of extra rest in this one as unlike Pumas they did not play in midweek.
Necaxa fought off a comeback attempt by América to earn a 2-1 victory in their season opener.
Goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between at the start, with both teams taking their time settling into the game. Then, in the 33rd minute, Necaxa capitalized on an error as América tried to play out of the back, with Víctor Dávila beating Bruno Valdéz and then shooting past a frozen Agustín Marchesín to make it 1-0.