Juan Pablo Vigón of Atlas, Efraín Velarde of Monarcas Morelia, and Alan Acosta of Puebla were all given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
América dominated the game, but they struggled to make anything of their possession. Mateus Uribe, Nicolás Castillo, Renato Ibarra, and Jorge Sánchez all had opportunities in the first half, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the Águilas off the board.
Bruno Valdez of América and Colin Kazim-Richards of Veracruz were given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Daniel Arreola of Puebla was suspended for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Monterrey and Puebla played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season but ends their three-game home winning streak, while the Poblanos remain unbeaten in three.
Monterrey needed a win here to jump back over their regional rivals and reclaim first place, while Puebla was looking for their first victory under Chelis. The game was fairly even initially, with Monterrey having more possession but Puebla having the better of the chances.
Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it, with a stoppage time goal by Puebla allowing the hosts to grab a 1-1 draw that will feel like a victory. The result keeps the Poblanos winless at home this season but unbeaten in two overall, while the Tuzos remain winless on the road but unbeaten in four overall.
Puebla started the game off strongly, with José Luis Sánchez Solá – “Chelis” – looking for a home win in his first game in charge of La Franja. Alejandro Chumacero looked dangerous in the attack, most notably forcing a good save out of Alfonso Blanco in the 18th minute.
Monarcas Morelia vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (16th) fell 2-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row and keep them winless in three, as well as winless on the road this season. The michoacanos will now look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Morelos, but they’ll be facing the league leaders in this one. Morelia has struggled to score this season, averaging less than a goal per game, but on the other hand all four of their goals have come at home.
As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat Lobos BUAP 4-0 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They have the best goal-scoring record in the league as well, averaging close to three goals per game, and they’ll look for another big win in this one. Monterrey’s schedule has been very home-heavy so far, with just two away games out of six, but facing one of the teams propping up the table is unlikely to test their ability to win on the road as well. They do need to win this one to guarantee they’ll hold on to first place, though.
Atlas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-2 victory. The result snaps the Rojinegros’ two-game winning streak and three-game unbeaten streak, while the Poblanos have now won two in a row on the road.
Atlas started the game off stronger and had several early chances. Then, in the 15th minute, they took the lead. Jesús Isijara received a corner kick unmarked at the top of the six-yard box, took a touch, and sent his shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Veracruz vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) drew 0-0 with Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to end a three-game losing streak. The Tiburones Rojos are still winless in league play, though, and they also have yet to score a single goal. With relegation looking ever more inevitable, Veracruz needs to start winning ASAP if they want to make it a fight rather than a foregone conclusion. They’ll look to get on track when they return to the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente for this one, but they have yet to earn a point at home this season.
As for Tigres UANL (3rd), the universitarios beat Santos Laguna last weekend to give them a two-game winning streak. Tigres are also unbeaten on the road this season, where they have two wins and a draw, and they’ll look to add to Veracruz’s home woes in this one. Tigres also has one of the best defensive records this season, with less than a goal per game allowed on average, which doesn’t bode well for Veracruz’s toothless attack. A win here would life Tigres into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – which will give them plenty of motivation.
Lucas Cavallini of Puebla and Omar Tobio of Toluca were both given one-game suspensions for violent conduct, while Matheus Doria of Santos Laguna was suspended one game for serious foul play.
Cruz Azul and Pumas UNAM had filed petitions of non-conformity regarding the red cards given to Yoshimar Yotún and Luis Quintana, respectively, but neither petition proceeded and both players were given one-game suspensions for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity.