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.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa stormed back for a 1-4 away win. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten this season, while the Poblanos remain winless at home in the Clausura.
The game started off well for the hosts, with Puebla taking the lead in just the 7th minute. Necaxa failed to clear a corner kick, and Vladimir Loroña sent the ball into the back of the net at his second attempt to make it 1-0 for La Franja.
Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) drew 0-0 with Necaxa last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. Morelia is unbeaten in two overall, though, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one. The michoacanos will also look for some more consistent scoring; they’ve managed just three goals in their four league games – although all of those goals have come at home.
As for Atlas (4th), the Rojinegros beat Lobos BUAP 3-1 last weekend to keep them unbeaten in two – and give them their first home win of the season. They did fall at home in midweek, where they lost 1-2 to Pumas UNAM in the Copa MX, but they’ll look to put that result behind them when they return to league play here. Atlas is unbeaten on the road in the Clausura, with a win and a draw, and they’ve also scored multiple goals in three of their four league games; they’ll look to outshoot Morelia’s misfiring attack in this one.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Monarcas Morelia played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten, although it ends their perfect start to the season, while the michoacanos are now unbeaten in two.
There were few chances of note in the first half, with the game played largely in midfield. Morelia had one opportunity through Miguel Ángel Sansores, who received the ball at the edge of the six-yard box but couldn’t put it on target, while Necaxa had a pair of chances through Brian Fernández and Fernando González.
Cruz Azul vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Cruz Azul (9th) beat Tigres UANL 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. La Máquina are still winless at home, though, which they’ll look to change in this one. Their games have all been close this season, with Cruz Azul neither scoring nor allowing more than a single goal per game – although they did score twice in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-2.
As for Tijuana (12th), the Xolos beat León 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season as well. That game also gave the Xolos their first points, their first clean sheet, and their first goal, and they’ll look to replicate those stats in this one. They fell in the Copa MX in midweek, however, losing 2-1 to Pachuca, but they’ll look to set that aside and return their focus to league play in this one.
Lobos BUAP took a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa stormed back for a 2-3 away win. The result ends the Licántropos’ perfect start to the season, while the Rayos maintained theirs.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead within the opening minute. Thirty-five seconds after kickoff, Leonardo Ramos bundled the ball home at the far post to make it 1-0 for Lobos.
Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (13th) fell 2-1 to Necaxa last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. That result also keeps the universitarios winless in league play. They did win the Copa MX, however, where they picked up a 0-2 win against Leones Negros on Wednesday night. They’ll look to build on that result when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one, but Pumas wasn’t particularly successful at home last season, earning just two wins in eight games.
As for Atlas (8th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to América last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. Atlas is unbeaten on the road so far this season, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. They’ve already earned more points on the road this season than they did in the entirety of the Apertura, and they’ll hope to take advantage of Pumas’ home inconsistencies. They’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game.