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.
Querétaro jumped out to an early lead just three minutes into the game. Yerson Candelo beat John Stefan Medina to a cross and finished it off to give the Gallos Blancos the 1-0 lead.
The two most notable suspensions go to Rubens Sambueza of Toluca and Andrés Andrade of León, who are indefinitely suspended until the Committee can make a definitive ruling. Sambueza and Andrade were both involved in red-card challenges that resulted in significant injury (to Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively).
The clubs of the injured players have requested the disqualification of Sambueza and Andrade for the duration of Brizuela and Ibarra’s injury layoffs.
The hosts took the lead in the 34th minute, when Camilo Sanvezzo headed home a corner kick from Kevin Gutiérrez to make it 1-0.
Juárez pressed forward after falling behind, but Querétaro stood firm defensively, and it looked like the Gallos Blancos would hold on for victory by the minimum difference.
Monterrey remained unbeaten at home this season with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over 10-man Querétaro. The loss brings the Gallos Blancos’ three-game winning streak to an abrupt halt and ends Jimmy Lozano’s unbeaten run as coach of Querétaro.
The Rayados took the lead in just the 4th minute as they took advantage of a set piece. Edwin Cardona volleyed home a corner kick to make it 1-0 for Monterrey.
Venados 1-1 Atlante (Group 6)
Venados earned their first point of the Copa MX in their final game of the tournament with a 1-1 draw with Atlante. The result leaves Atlante needing several other results to go their way in order to advance. The visitors looked the better side for long stretches of the game, but Venados defended valiantly and prevented the Potros from getting the win they needed.
Then, late in the second half, the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot. Fernando Herrera was called for a foul on Freddy Martín, and Leandro Navarro converted the spot kick to make it 1-0 in the 72nd minute. But Atlante quickly found a response, with Óscar Uscanga tying the game 1-1 in the 76th minute.
With the 1-1 draw, Venados reach one point while Atlante reaches five.
The hosts had the first chance of the game through Ángel Sepúlveda, but Darío Verón was there to clear the ball off the line. Then, in the 10th minute, the visitors took the lead as Matías Britos out-jumped his defender on a corner kick to head Pumas in front.
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.
Necaxa’s two-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt with their 1-4 loss to Querétaro on Saturday night. The win is a second consecutive one for the Gallos Blancos, who scored more goals tonight than in their previous six games combined.
Querétaro got the ball rolling early, with Luis Noriega giving them the 0-1 lead in just the 6th minute after some combination play with Emanuel Villa. But Necaxa looked for a response after falling into that early hole, and in the 25th minute they managed to tie the game.
Cruz Azul vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (14th) drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless in five. La Máquina is unbeaten at home this season, and the Estadio Azul was also the site of their lone win to date; they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They failed to win in midweek as well, however, where a 0-0 draw with Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX extended their winless streak in all competitions to eight games.
As for Atlas (11th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Clásico Tapatío last weekend. That result ended their home unbeaten streak and leaves them winless in two overall. Atlas is unbeaten in two on the road, however, and they’ll look to add to Cruz Azul’s woes with another away win in this one. They will also be more rested than their opponent, as Atlas did not have a midweek game.