With both teams looking for the first win of the season, the intensity was high. Chivas thought they had taken the lead in the 16th minute when Carlos Salcido put the ball in the back of the net following a set piece, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
Lobos BUAP vs América – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) fell 2-0 to Pumas UNAM to end their unbeaten start to the Apertura 2017. The licántropos are still unbeaten at home, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have the best attacking record in the league and they’ll look to show that last weekend’s shutout loss was just an anomaly.
As for América (2nd), the Águilas beat Atlas 0-1 last weekend to give them three wins in a row. They won in midweek as well, with a come-from-behind 2-3 away victory against Potros UAEM in the Copa MX. América is perfect on the road this season and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in their visit to the newly-promoted side. They have one of the best defensive records in the league and they’ll look to shutout Lobos’ high-flying attack here. They will, however, be without the suspended Bruno Valdez.
Celaya 0-1 Monterrey (Group 2)
Monterrey remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 0-1 away win against Celaya. The result leaves Celaya winless in this competition. The game started out evenly, with possession shared and few clear chances at either end. In the 36th minute, Ángel Reyna came close to opening the scoring for the hosts, but he was denied by the post.
The pace picked up a bit in the second half, and Monterrey began to look the better side, particularly once Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Carlos Sánchez were subbed on. In the 71st minute, the Rayados took the lead after Funes Mori finished off a rebound from close range to make it 0-1.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches seven points while Celaya still has one.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Tijuana on Friday night. The result leaves both teams still winless in the Apertura 2017, although the draw gives the Xolos their first point of the season.
The hosts will feel hard done by to end up with just a point after they had two critical offside decisions go against them; one, to deny them a goal, and the other, to gift Tijuana one. Puebla thought they had opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Carlos Salom, but the would-be goal was disallowed for a very tight offside call.
Puebla vs Tijuana – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (16th) fell 2-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Poblanos earned their lone point to date at home in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc and they’ll look to build on that to get their first victory when they return home for this one. They’ll be without the suspended Pablo Cáceres, though. In addition, they’ve scored just once in three games while allowing seven goals – and both of those stats will need to be improved upon if they want to get that first win. Puebla will take heart, however, that they’re facing another struggling team in this one.
As for Tijuana (18th), the Xolos fell 0-3 to Monterrey last weekend to remain winless, goalless, and pointless in league play this season. They couldn’t win in midweek, either, as they drew 1-1 with Atlante in the Copa MX. They did at least score in that game, though, and they’ll look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense to find their first league goal in this one. The Xolos need to earn something here if they want to avoid spending another week in last place in the table.
The only player ejected in Week 3, Pablo Cáceres of Puebla, was given a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
The game started at a good pace as both teams pressed forward in search of that elusive first victory. It was the visitors who started off better, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring. In the 9th minute, Adrián Luna scored direct from a free kick to give Veracruz the 1-0 lead – and their first goal of the Apertura.
Toluca vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (6th) beat León 3-1 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They won in midweek as well, with a 3-0 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0. The Diablos Rojos will look to keep that winning streak alive against one of the league’s two perfect teams in this one.
As for Atlas (1st), the Rojinegros beat Pumas UNAM 2-1 last weekend to remain perfect in league play. They are pefect in all competitions, actually, after earning a 0-1 away win against América in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas will look to keep that winning streak alive – and remain top of the table – when they take on Toluca here.
Celaya 1-1 Pumas UNAM (Group 2)
Celaya took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Pumas UNAM. The result keeps Celaya winless while the universitarios took a point in their Copa debut. There were chances at both ends in the first half, with Ángel Reyna and Joffre Guerrón looking dangerous for their respective teams, but it wasn’t until the second half that the hosts found the breakthrough.
In the 65th minute, Celaya mounted a quick counterattack, with Reyna finding Pablo Ruíz, whose shot was blocked. But the rebound fell to Diego de la Tejera, who made it 1-0 for the Toros. They dropped back to defend their lead, but Pumas found the equalizer in the 77th minute. From a corner kick, José García sent the ball back across for Luis Quintana, whose bicycle kick made it 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw, Celaya and Pumas both reach one point.
Brayan Angulo scored twice, once for either side, as Puebla and Monarcas Morelia played out a 1-1 draw. The result keeps Morelia unbeaten in the Apertura 2017, but leaves both teams still looking for their first win.
The Poblanos were looking to recover from a painful week one loss in their first home game, but Morelia looked better in the opening minutes. Puebla was careless with the ball in their own defensive third and the michoacanos nearly took advantage in the 4th minute, but they couldn’t quite get the ball on target.