Pumas had the better of the play in the opening minutes, and they found an early chance through Bryan Rabello, but he couldn’t take advantage and the opportunity went begging in the 5th minute.
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.
The universitarios took the initiative as they looked to get back to winning ways in front of their home fans. Nicolás Castillo had an early chance from outside the box, but his shot went just wide of José Canales’s goal.
Pumas UNAM vs Lobos BUAP – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (13th) fell 2-1 to América last weekend to give the universitarios back-to-back losses. Pumas is winless in three in all competitions after a 1-1 draw with Monterrey in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one. Pumas is unbeaten at home to date in league play.
As for Lobos BUAP (1st), the licántropos beat Pachuca 3-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The newly-promoted team will look to continue their great start to the season – and remain in first place – with another win here. Lobos are the league’s leading goalscorers, with nine goals from their first three games, and they’ll look for another strong attacking performance in this one.
Veracruz 1-2 León (Group 6)
León remained perfect in the Copa MX with a 1-2 away win against Veracruz. The result leaves the Tiburones Rojos still looking for their first points in the competition. A light rain and a wet field kept the game moving at a rapid pace, but it wasn’t until the half-hour mark that León took the lead. In the 31st minute, Andrés Andrade sent a cross in for Álvaro Ramos, whose header gave the visitors the 0-1 lead.
Veracruz responded on the stroke of halftime through Leandro Díaz, whose shot from the top of the box beat Édgar Hernández to make it 1-1. But La Fiera reclaimed the lead in the second half, with Andrade getting on the scoreboard himself in the 62nd minute, assissted by Maximiliano Cerato, to make it 1-2. Veracruz pushed for a second equalizer, and they came as close as hitting the post, but ultimately León held on to the lead.
With the 1-2 win, León reaches six points while Veracruz still has zero.
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.
Pumas had the first chance of the game in the 4th minute, when Nicolás Castillo won the ball, got around his defenders, and took a shot that was just wide. Castillo came close again from a free kick, but Agustín Marchesín was there to deny him.
Lobos BUAP vs Pachuca – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) earned a comprehensive 0-4 away win against Querétaro last weekend to keep the licántropos unbeaten this season. They’ll now look for their first home win when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos will be without injured goalkeeper Lucero Álvarez, but they’re tied for the most prolific attack in the league to date and they’ll look to keep their streak going here.
As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos fell 0-2 to América last weekend to remain winless, pointless, and goalless in league play. They did score – and win – in the Copa MX in midweek, a 0-1 win against Cimarrones. They’ll now look to get off the mark in league play against a surprisingly dangerous newly-promoted team.
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.
The game looked to have started perfectly for the visitors, with Pumas opening the scoring less than two minutes in. Abraham González slipped in behind the defense to stab home a low cross and make it 0-1 for UNAM.