Tigres UANL earned a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Santos Laguna in the StubHub Center in Carson, California, to earn the title of Campéon de Campeones. The victory also qualifies Tigres for the new Campeones Cup, where they will face Major League Soccer’s reigning champion, Toronto FC, in September.
Santos Laguna, despite being somewhat diminished by injuries and absences, nevertheless started the game off well and the first half saw a dynamic game with opportunities at both ends. But shortly before halftime, the momentum swung firmly in Tigres’ favor.
Atlas took a 3-0 lead and then held on for a 3-2 victory as Santos Laguna’s comeback attempt fell just short. The result is a second straight home win for the Rojinegros, who earned a little breathing room in the relegation fight, while the Laguneros saw their four-game winning streak halted.
Atlas, languishing at the foot of the table, made a number of changes for this game, including the debut of goalkeeper José Hernández. The new faces made an impact, with Edyairth Ortega giving Atlas the lead in the 21st minute with his shot form outside the box.
Puebla missed a late penalty kick as Santos Laguna picked up a 0-1 away win. The result is a fourth straight victory for the Laguneros, who have guaranteed they will finish the week in first place in the table, while Puebla suffered their first home loss of the season and have now lost two in a row overall.
The visitors had the better of play in the first half, but Moisés Muñoz made a few saves to keep Santos off the board. Puebla’s defense stayed organized, but they could do little to generate good attacking opportunities of their own.
Santos Laguna remained top of the table with a 3-2 victory against Monterrey. The result is a third straight win for the Laguneros, who remain unbeaten at home this season, while the Rayados have now lost two in a row and three of their last four.
The game started off perfectly for Monterrey before going off the rails. The visitors took the lead in just the 2nd minute, when Rogelio Funes Mori’s shot from outside the box beat Jonathan Orozco with the help of a deflection off Jorge Villafaña to make it 0-1.
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 1-2 away win. The result, a second straight win for Santos, lifts the Laguneros into first place in the table while the Rayos saw their six-game unbeaten streak halted and are now winless in two.
The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute, when Víctor Dávila received the ball in the box, got around José Abella, and beat Jonathan Orozco to make it 1-0 for Necaxa.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended three players and two assistant coaches and upheld a red card appeal in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 8 games.
Dieter Villalpando of Necaxa and Cris Martínez of Santos Laguna were given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while David Cabrera of Pumas UNAM was suspended one game for using offensive or insulting language and/or gestures.
Toluca remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-0 win against 10-man Santos Laguna. The result snaps a five-game unbeaten streak for the Laguneros, who lost the opportunity to move into first place in the table.
The Diablos Rojos took the lead in the 14th minute, when Rubens Sambueza found some space and sent in a cross for Fernando Uribe, whose header made it 1-0 for Toluca.
Santos Laguna came from behind to earn a comprehensive 5-1 victory over León. The result is a second straight win for the Laguneros, who are unbeaten in five, while La Fiera suffered their third four-goal loss in their last four games.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, though, as León took the lead in the very first minute. Jonathan Orozco let a back-pass bounce away directly into the path of Mauro Boselli, who took advantage and sent the ball into the empty net to make it 0-1 for León.