The hosts started the game off strongly, with their first good chance coming in just the second minute. However, Dorlan Pabón was unable to put his shot on target after receiving a through ball in the box.
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.
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.
Tijuana moved back into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 2-0 victory over Monterrey. The result ends the Rayados’ unbeaten start to the Clausura 2017 season.
The Xolos were looking to get back to winning ways after a loss and a draw in their last two outings, and they began attacking from the opening whistle. In the 17th minute, Víctor Malcorra sent a low cross to the near post, where Juan Lucero appeared to finish off the chance and make it 1-0.
Atlante 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara (Group 6)
Atlante took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came from behind to earn a 1-3 away win in this Group 6 match. The victory ensures Chivas will advance to the knockout rounds of the Copa MX. The opening goal came in the 24th minute through Fernando Espinosa, whose shot from the center of the box made it 1-0.
Chivas had to wait until the second half to find a goal of their own, with Carlos Fierro making it 1-1 in the 61st minute. A few minutes later, both teams were reduced to 10 men with the sending offs of Carlos Cauich and Hedgardo Marín. Ultimately it was Chivas who took advantage of the extra space on the field, with goals from Eduardo López in the 84th minute and Michelle Benítez in stoppage time to give them the 1-3 victory.
With the 1-3 win, Chivas reaches 10 points while Atlante still has four.
Monterrey looked much the better side in the first half, as they controlled possession and generated dangerous chances through Dorlan Pabón, Edwin Cardona, and Rogelio Funes Mori. Óscar Pérez was forced into several good saves, including an impressive double-save in the 26th minute.
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.
Monterrey went into this game in the midst of a four-game winless streak after a run of draws, and the Rayados were determined to get back to winning ways in front of their home fans. The hosts had more possession and grew into the game, with their first clear chance coming just before the half-hour mark.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa fought back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season – but also winless in four – while the Rayos remain winless in two.
The visitors, who were looking to snap a run of draws, started the game off better and created a number of chances, particularly when they used the speed of Yimmi Chara and Dorlan Pabón to find space behind the defense.