Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for a 2-1 victory against the 10-man Rayados. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season with seven straight wins, while Monterrey saw their two-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a good pace, with both sides coming out attacking. The game was an end-to-end affair for the first 15 minutes, and then Monterrey took the lead from a set piece. The visitors won a free kick a long way out, but distance proved no obstacle as César Montes headed home the service to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.
After 84 minutes and 34 seconds, the game between Monterrey and Tijuana was halted due to the weather and field conditions, with Monterrey’s 3-0 lead being declared the final score. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Rayados, while the Xolos saw their three-game winning streak halted.
Tijuana started the game off well as they controlled the ball, but it was Monterrey who took an early lead in the rain as Rogelio Funes Mori sent his low shot in off the post to make it 1-0 in the 10th minute.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Regio as Tigres UANL and Monterrey played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, but winless in two, while the Rayados ended a two-game losing streak but remain winless in four.
A violent confrontation between groups of fans before the game left several people injured, one seriously, and led to a statement by Liga MX that the incident is being investigated.
There were injuries on the field as well; José María Basanta had to leave the game in the 10th minute after suffering an apparent pulled muscle, and Rodolfo Pizarro left the game at halftime with an injury of his own.
Chivas de Guadalajara took, lost, and regained the lead as they earned an impressive 2-4 away win against Monterrey. The result give El Rebaño four wins in their last five, while the Rayados have now lost two in a row and are winless in three.
Rodolfo Pizarro, facing his former team, looked dangerous for Monterrey early on as he combined well with Dorlan Pabón to threaten Guadalajara’s goal, but Jair Pereira made a good tackle to cut the opportunity short.
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.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three while the michoacanos are now unbeaten in six.
Monterrey looked the better side from the kickoff and they took the lead just six minutes in. Dorlan Pabón put a free kick on goal; Sebastián Sosa punched it away, but the rebound fell to John Stefan Medina, who made it 1-0 for the hosts.
América remained perfect at home this season with a 3-0 victory against 10-man Monterrey. The result give the Águilas a three-game winning streak, while the Rayados saw their perfect start to the season come to an end.
The game started off at a measured pace, with both sides studying their opponent. Neither team took control, and it was ultimately a defensive error that allowed América to open the scoring. Monterrey lost the ball while trying to play out of the back and Roger Martínez pounced to make it 1-0 in the 23rd minute.
Lobos BUAP vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 1-0 to Necaxa last weekend to remain winless on the road this season. The Licantropos’ lone win of the Apertura came at home, and they’ll look for a repeat performance as they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have one of the better defensive records to date, but they’ve also struggled for goals. They’ll look for their attack to come to life here. Lobos will also have the advantage of being better rested as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (17th), the Rojinegros fell 0-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them winless this season. Atlas also has yet to score a goal in league play, although they did manage a 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas has had problems at both ends of the field; in addition to the worst attacking record, they’re died for the worst defensive record as well, having conceded six goals to date. Atlas will look to turn things around with an away win – or at least a goal – in this one.