10-man América managed a stoppage time goal to give them a 2-3 away win against Puebla. The result is a third straight win for the Águilas, who are unbeaten in four, while the Poblanos saw their two-game winning streak snapped.
The visitors looked the better side from the start, and they quickly caused problems for Puebla’s defense. In the 6th minute, Anderson Santamaría was called for a handball in the box and Cecilio Domínguez scored the ensuing penalty to give América the 0-1 lead.
Querétaro suffered their first home loss of the season as they fell 0-1 to Puebla. The result is a second straight win for the Poblanos – and their first on the road in the Apertura – while the Gallos Blancos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
The game started off slowly, with the ball remaining largely in midfield. Dangerous chances took some time to appear, with the earliest opportunity an off-target shot by Camilo Sanvezzo following a pass from Marcel Ruíz.
Monarcas Morelia vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (4th) drew 2-2 with Monterrey last weekend to remain unbeaten in six. The draw also kept the michoacanos winless in two, though, and they failed to win in midweek as well, where they fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Copa MX. Nevertheless, Morelia remains unbeaten at home in league play this season and they will look to get back to winning ways and continue to climb up the table here.
As for Querétaro (7th), the Gallos Blancos beat Lobos BUAP 2-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten in three. Querétaro won in midweek as well, where they beat León 1-0 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to keep up the momentum in this one. The Gallos have had a bit of trouble scoring this season, though; they’re averaging less than a goal a game overall, and on the road they’ve scored just twice in four games.
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.
Puebla got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Atlas. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Poblanos, while the Rojinegros remain both winless and goalless in the Apertura 2018.
Puebla came out attacking and Alejandro Chumacero had an early chance, but Omar González made a timely defensive intervention to keep the hosts off the board. Atlas weathered the early pressure and then created a good chance of their own through Andrés Andrade, but he was denied by Nicolás Vikonis.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten at home this season but also winless in two overall, while the Poblanos remain winless on the road and winless in three overall.
Puebla started the game off well and they began to threaten Hugo González’s goal immediately. It took them just 7 minutes to find the breakthrough; Diego Cruz and Francisco Acuña combined well before Cruz sent the ball in for Lucas Cavallini, who made it 0-1.
Cruz Azul vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (2nd) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The draw did bring La Máquina’s perfect run to a halt, however, although they got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory against Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Cruz Azul is still perfect at home and they’ll look for another win in this one. They’ve also conceded just one goal this season, and that came while they were playing with just 10 men. They will be without the suspended Pablo Aguilar for this one, though.
As for León (11th), La Fiera beat Querétaro 4-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep that good run of form going here against a tough opponent. León has been on a goal-scoring streak as of late and they’ll look to test Cruz Azul’s defensive record in this one.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Veracruz came back for a 1-2 away win. The result gives the Tiburones Rojos their first victory of the Apertura, while the Poblanos have now lost two in a row.
Both teams went into this one looking for points – and looking to deny those points to a relegation rival. The game started off cagey, with neither team wanting to give the other an opportunity. Puebla found a dangerous chance early on via a free kick, however, with Christian Tabó hitting the crossbar.
Puebla vs Veracruz – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (13th) fell 2-0 to Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The Poblanos have yet to register a point – or a goal – as the visiting team; on the other hand, they’re perfect at home, albeit they’ve only had one game in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc so far in the Apertura. Puebla will look for another home win in this one as they look to climb up the table. A win here would be particularly valuable as they’re facing a relegation rival. They’re tied for the worst defensive record in the league, though, so they’ll need a better effort in the back if they want to get their second win of the season here.
As for Veracruz (15th), the Tiburones Rojos drew 2-2 with Monarcas Morelia last weekend to remain winless this season. The draw did give them their first point of the Apertura, though, and they also found the back of the net for the first time this season. Veracruz will look for their first win here as they look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense. On the other hand, Veracruz’s defense hasn’t been any better, and they’ll need to shore things up defensively if they want to make their goals stand up this week.