Tijuana scored a stoppage-time goal to snatch a 1-1 draw against Santos Laguna in the opening game of matchweek 11. The result leaves the Xolos winless in two while the Laguneros are now winless in six.
The game started off well for the visitors, with Santos controlling the run of play in the early going. Ulises Rivas forced Gibran Lajud into a good save in the 20th minute, and two minutes after that Osvaldo Martínez gave them the lead with a shot from distance.
Cruz Azul came from behind to beat Santos Laguna 1-3 in the Clausura 2017 Copa MX quarterfinals.
The hosts took the lead early on, with Djaniny making it 1-0 in the 11th minute. Gabriel Peñalba lost the ball as he tried to play out of the back, with Djaniny driving towards goal, getting past Enzo Roco, and beating Jesús Corona to put Santos in front.
However, Cruz Azul responded quickly. In the 21st minute, Chaco Giménez switched the field for Joao Rojas, who sent a cross to the far post. Martín Cauteruccio was there to head the ball home and tie the game 1-1.
Toluca 3-1 Celaya (Group 8)
Toluca remained atop Group 8 with a 3-1 victory over Celaya. The result sees the Diablos Rojos advance to the round of sixteen while Celaya is eliminated. Toluca was assured of first in the group regardless of tonight’s result, and although they started the game off better it was the visitors who took the lead. In the 13th minute, Celaya won a penalty kick and Rodrigo López converted it to give the Toros the 0-1 lead. Toluca thought they had tied it just before halftime, but Alfredo Moreno’s would-be goal was disallowed after it was ruled that the ball had gone out of play in the buildup.
Nevertheless, Toluca rallied in the second half. In the 62nd minute, Rubens Sambueza scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-1; then, in the 72nd minute, the referee pointed to the penalty spot again, this time in favor of the hosts. Enrique Triverio converted the PK to make it 2-1, and then Fernando Uribe sealed the victory with his goal in the 87th minute.
With the 3-1 win, Toluca reaches 10 points while Celaya still has two.
Santos Laguna remained unbeaten in the Clausura 2017 season after a 2-2 draw with Necaxa. The Laguneros twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it; they have now drawn four straight games while the result leaves the Rayos winless in two.
The hosts started the game better and dominated the early going. In the 25th minute, they made the pressure pay off with the opening goal. Djaniny played in Osvaldo Martínez, who chipped Marcelo Barovero to make it 1-0.
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.
León ended a two-game losing streak but remained in winless in five with tonight’s 2-2 draw against Santos Laguna. The result keeps Santos unbeaten this season, although the Laguneros are now winless in three after a run of draws.
In the 25th minute, Santos earned a penalty kick after Christian Valdez was called for a foul on Walter Sandoval. Julio César Furch stepped up to take the PK and he converted it to give the visitors the 0-1 lead.
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.