Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Atlas and Pachuca played out a 0-0 draw. The result ends a two-game winning streak for the Tuzos, but keeps them unbeaten in four, while the Rojinegros are winless in three but unbeaten in four after a string of draws.
Pachuca, looking to strengthen their position in the playoff fight, came out attacking and had the first chance of the game in just the 3rd minute when Franco Jara tried his luck from outside the box. But José Hernández was alert to the danger and sent the ball out for a corner kick.
After falling behind 0-3, Veracruz came close to but ultimately couldn’t complete a comeback as they lost 2-3 to Pachuca. The result ends a two-game winless streak for the Tuzos and keeps them in the playoff conversation, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost two in a row and are winless in seven.
Veracruz came out attacking as they looked to halt their poor run of form at home, but they struggled to create goal-scoring chances outside of a few set pieces. Pachuca stayed composed and began to tilt the game in their favor with Pablo López and Víctor Guzmán providing outlets.
Toluca took, lost, and regained the lead as they beat Pachuca 2-1. The result gets the Diablos Rojos back to winning ways after last week’s surprise loss – they now have four wins in their last five – while the Tuzos have now lost two of their last three.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, with Toluca taking the lead in just the 3rd minute. Luis Quiñones played in Alexis Vega, who saw his shot saved by Óscar Pérez. But the rebound fell to Alexis Canelo, who sent it into the empty net to make it 1-0 for the Diablos.
Pachuca extended their home unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-1 victory against 9-man Cruz Azul. The result snaps a two-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while La Máquina has now lost two of their last three.
The game started off with an early chance for the visitors as Adrián Aldrete tested Óscar Pérez – making his first league start since November 2017 – in the 2nd minute, but it was the hosts who took the early lead.
Tijuana remained unbeaten at home this season as they earned a 1-0 win against 9-man Pachuca. The result is a third straight victory for the Xolos, while the Tuzos saw their six-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The game started at a fast pace, with the first chance coming within the first minute as Ángelo Sagal hit the post for Pachuca. Then, at the other end, Tijuana had a corner kick and Erick Torres beat Alfonso Blanco with his header, only for Emmanuel García to make the goal-line clearance.
Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Tigres UANL came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends the Tuzos’ two-game winning streak but keeps them unbeaten in six, while the universitarios remain winless on the road but unbeaten in four overall.
The two teams traded chances in the first half, with Franco Jara coming close from a header in the 14th minute before André-Pierre Gignac had a pair of opportunities go wide at the other end. Then, in the 30th minute, the hosts took the lead.
Chivas de Guadalajara’s home woes continued with a 1-3 loss to Pachuca. The result snaps a three-game winning streak for El Rebaño, while the Tuzos now have back-to-back wins and are unbeaten in five.
Chivas had the first good chance of the game in the 6th minute with a dangerous shot from outside the box by Ángel Zaldívar that crashed against the crossbar. But it was Pachuca who took the lead just minutes after that.
Cruz Azul vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (1st) drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to end a two-game winning streak but keep them unbeaten this season. They suffered their first loss in all competitions in midweek, though, where they fell 1-0 to Atlas in the Copa MX. La Máquina will look to remain unbeaten in league play – and remain in first place – with a victory against a struggling Veracruz side in this one. Cruz Azul has the best defensive record in the league, having conceded just two goals through seven games, and they have yet to allow a single goal at home.
As for Veracruz (15th), the Tiburones Rojos beat Tijuana 1-0 last weekend to end a two-game losing streak. They’ve struggled to score this season though, with just five goals total and just two on the road, which doesn’t bode well for them going up against the league’s best defense. Veracruz’s own defensive record is the worst in the league with 13 goals allowed, but they’ll try hope to surprise what may well be an over-confidant Cruz Azul side here.
Pachuca got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Puebla. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in four while the Poblanos saw a two-game unbeaten streak halted as they remain winless on the road this season.
The hosts had the better of the attacking chances in the first half, with Erick Aguirre and Franco Jara particularly active, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough.