Miguel Herrera, coach of Tijuana, will be sidelined for the Xolos’ next two games. Herrera was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for a lack of respect towards the match officials.
In this relegation six-pointer, a last-minute goal gave Monarcas Morelia the 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result is a second straight victory for Morelia and keeps them unbeaten in three, while Puebla has now lost two in a row.
Neither team wanted to lose this game far more than either one wanted to win it. Play was decidedly cautious for long stretches of the game, and goal-scoring chances didn’t begin to appear in earnest until the second half.
The visitors took the lead just four minutes into the match, when Jerónimo Amione sent a cross in for Federico González, who made it 0-1 with his half-volley.
However, Monterrey tied it up just a minute later. In the 5th minute, Yimmi Chara found Rogelio Funes Mori, who drove into the box and roofed his shot at the near post to make it 1-1.
Puebla confirmed the death of Aníbal Ruíz Leites, who collapsed on the field of the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente this evening.
Ruíz, 75, suffered a heart attack.
The game between Puebla and hosts Veracruz had just been postponed due to the referees’ strike when Ruíz collapsed. He was taken to the hospital via ambulance, where his death was later announced.
The winners from the round of sixteen have now been paired up for the quarterfinals, which will feature seven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX.
The quarterfinal match-ups are as follows:
The Poblanos took the lead shortly before halftime, after having looked the better side for most of the game. In the 37th minute, Álvaro Navarro’s shot from the center of the box made it 0-1 for the visitors.
Just three minutes later, Carlos Orrantía made it 0-2 for Puebla with the help of a deflection off a Jaguares defender.
The game started with chances at both ends. Puebla had a good opportunity in the 15th minute, when Alexis Canelo beat his marker, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
Édgar Zaldívar of Atlas and Enzo Roco of Cruz Azul were both given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
A set piece gave the visitors the lead in the 22nd minute. A free kick was sent in and then headed back towards the far post, where Alfredo Talavera failed to deal with. Pablo Míguez was there to head the ball into the empty net and give Puebla the 0-1 advantage.
Atlas 2-1 Puebla (Group 4)
Atlas kept their hopes of advancing alive with a 2-1 win over Puebla in this Group 4 game. The Poblanos are still top of the group but are now vulnerable to losing that spot. The Rojinegros went into this game winless in Copa MX play, but they took the lead in the 18th minute. Édgar Zaldívar won the ball and played in Jahir Barraza, whose diagonal shot made it 1-0.
The hosts added to their lead in the second half, when Rodolfo Salinas finished off a corner kick to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Atlas looked in complete control, but Puebla made the final few minutes interesting after they reduced the deficit in the 85th minute, with the unfortunate Federico González scoring an own-goal to put the visitors on the board. However, Atlas was able to hold on to the lead and secure their first win of the competition.
With the 2-1 win, Atlas reaches four points while Puebla still has seven.