Mexico made it two wins out of two as they downed Panama 3-1 on Tuesday night. The victory moves Mexico into sole possession of first place in Group B, while Panama and Bermuda remain tied on three points.
Panama was hoping to provide a steeper test than Bermuda did this past Friday, but Mexico looked comfortable from the start. After enjoying the majority of possession, El Tri took the lead in the 28th minute through Roberto Alvarado, whose shot from the top of the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.
As expected, Mexico easily beat Bermuda in their 2019 CONCACAF Nations League opener, with El Tri running out 5-1 victors.
Mexico controlled possession from the opening whistle, but it took them 25 minutes to find the breakthrough. That was when Hirving Lozano played in Uriel Antuna, who took the ball past the onrushing keeper and knocked it into the empty net to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Toluca scored late to earn a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Diablos Rojos winless in two but unbeaten in three, while La Franja saw a two-game winning streak halted but also remain unbeaten in three.
The visitors looked the more dangerous side from the beginning, and in the 9th minute they came within inches of taking the lead when Alan Acosta hit the crossbar. Toluca had one notable chance through Felipe Pardo, which was saved well by Nikolás Vikonis, but the majority of play went Puebla’s way in the first half.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end – after Tijuana picked up three red cards to finish the game with just 8 players – Atlas scored a stoppage-time equalizer to tie the game 2-2. The result keeps the Xolos and the Rojinegros both unbeaten in three.
Tijuana had looked the better team to start the game, but it was Atlas who took the lead towards the end of the first half. Gibrán Lajud came off his line but didn’t get to a cross, allowing Facundo Barceló to head it into the empty net. 0-1.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it, as they went down to 9 players and Pumas UNAM came back for a 1-1 draw. The result extends El Rebaño’s winless streak to four games, but does at least bring their three-game losing streak to a halt, while the universitarios remain unbeaten in five.
Chivas was looking to recover after a painful loss in last weekend’s SuperClásico, while Pumas was looking for points to solidify their spot in the top eight. The game started off slowly, though, with few chances at either end as the two teams took each other’s measure.
Tigres UANL made short work of Santos Laguna with an impressive 4-0 victory. The result is a second straight win for the universitarios, while the Laguneros have now lost two in a row.
Tigres were looking to build on last weekend’s rivalry win and get back to winning ways at home, while Santos wanted to reclaim first place in the table after Necaxa’s victory last night. It was the hosts who started off stronger, and it didn’t take long for Tigres to take the lead.
In the Apertura 2019 edition of the Clásico Joven, Cruz Azul earned a historic 5-2 victory against América. The result snaps a seven-game winless streak for La Máquina, while the Águilas saw their four-game unbeaten streak halted.
Cruz Azul started the game off well with a goal in the 15th minute. Julio César Domínguez headed home a corner kick to make it 1-0 for La Máquina – suffering a painful clash of heads with defender Bruno Valdez in the process.
For the second week in a row, Veracruz took a late lead but couldn’t hold it. Their 1-1 draw with León extends the Tiburones Rojos’ record-setting winless streak to 39 games, while La Fiera is now winless in three.
León came out attacking and they had a good chance early on through José Juan Macías, but his diagonal shot went just wide of the post. Veracruz had a good chance of their own moments later, with Lampros Kontogiannis missing just high in the 4th minute.
Monarcas Morelia took a two-goal lead but failed to hold it as Necaxa stormed back for a 2-3 away win. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in three and extends their road winning streak to four games, while the michoacanos have now lost two in a row.
The night started off well for the hosts, who came out attacking and took the lead in the 23rd minute. Eduardo del Ángel headed home a cross from the left to put Morelia ahead 1-0.
Mexico beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 on Wednesday night in a pre-CONCACAF Nations League friendly.
El Tri put out a younger, less experienced team for this game – with eight of the starters earning their first cap for the senior national team and no one on the roster having more than five caps – but that proved no obstacle to beating T&T.
In the 23rd minute, Mexico took the lead. José Macías stole the ball in midfield, drove towards goal, cut past his defender, and fired El Tri ahead, 1-0.