Cruz Azul got their first home win of the season in style with a comprehensive 5-0 victory against Pachuca. The result snaps an eight-game winless streak for La Máquina, while the Tuzos have now lost two in a row.
The night started perfectly for the hosts, who went ahead in just the 3rd minute through Walter Montoya, who was played in by Édgar Méndez. Montoya got past Alexis Peña and then shot past Alfonso Blanco to make it 1-0 for Cruz Azul.
Toluca remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-1 victory against Pachuca. The result is a third straight win for the Diablos Rojos, while the Tuzos saw their four-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The hosts suffered an early setback as Maximiliano Perg had to be subbed out due to injury just five minutes into the game, but the enforced change in the back didn’t affect Toluca’s play. Pachuca was well-organized defensively, however, and the Diablos were largely limited to shots from outside the box.
Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Pachuca. The result keeps El Rebaño winless at home this season – and winless in five overall – while the Tuzos remain unbeaten in three.
Chivas came out attacking as they looked for that elusive home victory, and they dominated the game in large part. Their first chance came in the 3rd minute through Rodolfo Pizarro, who sent his shot against the crossbar; two minutes later, he saw his header saved by Alfonso Blanco.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended six players and upheld a red card appeal in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 5 games.
The standout suspension goes to Francisco Rodríguez of Lobos BUAP, who was given a two-game suspension for serious foul play. Jorge Hernández of Pachuca and Osmar Mares of Veracruz were suspended for the same reason, but for only one game each.
Querétaro vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (14th) fell 1-0 to Monarcas Morelia to keep them winless in two. The Gallos Blancos are also winless at home this season, with a loss and a draw in La Corregidora, but they’ll look to change that here when they take on a relegation rival. Of concern for Querétaro is their goal-scoring – or lack thereof. The Gallos have been shut out in three of their four games to date. On the other hand, they’ve only allowed two goals all season.
As for Veracruz (16th), the Tiburones Rojos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless in the Clausura. Veracruz is sitting at the foot of the relegation standings and needs to pick up points ASAP if they want to remain in Liga MX next season. The Tiburones Rojos did manage to score their first goal of the season last weekend, and they’ll look to build on that here.
10-man Tigres UANL scored late to earn a 3-2 victory against Pachuca. The result keeps the universitarios perfect at home this season as well as unbeaten in three overall, while the Tuzos remain winless on the road.
The hosts had chances early on, but Alfonso Blanco made several good saves to keep Tigres off the board. Pachuca had few chances of their own, although Emmanuel García did test Nahuel Guzmán in the 31st minute.
Lobos BUAP vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (18th) fell 3-1 to Pachuca last weekend to remain winless this season. The licántropos have suffered three consecutive losses to start the Clausura, which has seen them drop down the relegation standings. Another loss here could see them fall as far as 17th in the Tabla de Cociente. Lobos’ defense has been their main problem; they’ve allowed nine goals to date, a league high. Although they’ve scored three goals of their own, they haven’t been able to make those goals stand up. They need to focus on keeping a clean sheet when they return home for this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (1st), the universitarios drew 0-0 with América last weekend in the Clásico Capitalino. The result keeps Pumas unbeaten this season, although they are no longer perfect. They got back to winning ways in midweek with a 3-0 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX and they’ll look for another league win here when they face the team on the opposite end of the table.
Venados 1-2 Cafetaleros
Cafetaleros remained top of Group 1 with their 1-2 away win against Venados. The result leaves the hosts winless and pointless in this competition. Cafetaleros looked dangerous throughout, but Venados’ debutant goalkeeper, Andrés Gudiño, made several good saves to keep the game goalless going into halftime.
But just one minute after the restart, Cafetaleros took the lead. Yoel Bárcenas finished off a cross to make it 0-1. In the 58th minute, they made it 0-1 as Bárcenas assisted Leonardo Ramos to put the visitors comfortably ahead. Venados pulled a goal back late after Luciano Nequecaur converted an 80th-minute penalty kick, but they were unable to go on to tie the game.
With the 1-2 win, Cafetaleros reach six points while Venados still have zero.
Pachuca earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory against Lobos BUAP. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in two while the Licántropos are still looking for their first win – and their first point – of the season.
Pachuca came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use. Franco Jara tested Lucero Álvarez early on before the opening goal came in just the 9th minute. From a corner kick, Ángelo Sagal got the final touch to make it 1-0 for the hosts.