Veracruz earned their first win of the season with a 0-1 away victory against relegation rivals Querétaro. The result keeps the Gallos Blancos winless at home in the Clausura 2018, while the Tiburones Rojos are now unbeaten in two.
The visitors had the first good chance of the game in the 11th minute, when Diego Chávez put his header on target, but Tiago Volpi was there to make the save. The Tiburones Rojos had the better of the run of play, and they took the lead in the 27th minute.
Toluca vs Cruz Azul – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (11th) beat Atlas 1-3 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. The Diablos Rojos are still looking for their first home win, though, and they’ll see if they can get it here when they return to the Estadio Nemesio Diez after two away games. They fell in midweek in yet another away game, though, where they lost 2-1 to Santos Laguna in the Copa MX.
As for Cruz Azul (5th), La Máquina drew 0-0 with León last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season but also winless at home. They’re perfect on the road to date, though, and they’ll look for another away win in this one. Cruz Azul’s been very good defensively, with just one goal allowed in their three games, but they’ve also been shut out twice themselves. They will be better rested than their opponent, though, as they did not have a midweek game.
Puebla remained perfect at home this season with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz. The result leaves the Tiburones Rojos winless and still looking for their first goal.
Puebla came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use and further separate themselves from Veracruz in the relegation standings. Alejandro Chumacero looked dangerous throughout the game for Puebla as the Bolivian caused repeated problems for Veracruz’s defense.
Puebla vs Veracruz – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (11th) fell 1-0 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to end their winning start to the Clausura 2018 season. The Poblanos will look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc for this one, where they are unbeaten this season. They picked up a win in midweek as well with a 1-3 away victory against Cruz Azul in the Copa MX. This is an important game in terms of relegation, with Puebla currently sitting three spots above Veracruz in the Tabla de Cociente.
As for Veracruz (16th), the Tiburones Rojos fell 0-2 to Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless this season. They also fell in the Copa MX in midweek, where they suffered a 0-2 loss to Tampico Madero. Veracruz needs to start picking up points quickly before the gap between them and safety widens even further, and picking up points against the other teams in the relegation conversation is especially valuable. The Tiburones have yet to score a goal this season, though, and of course they can’t win if they can’t score.
Veracruz lost ground in the relegation fight as they fell 0-2 to Monterrey. The result leaves the Tiburones Rojos winless while the Rayados earned their first victory and remain unbeaten this season.
The game started slowly, with neither team able to take control. Monterrey suffered a setback in the 19th minute when goalkeeper Hugo González had to be subbed out with an apparent muscle injury, but Veracruz was unable to do much to test the backup keeper.
Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) earned a come-from-behind 2-3 away win against Pachuca last weekend, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going with another win when they return home for this one. The universitarios will be inspired after last week’s win, where they came from two goals down to earn a victory, and they’ll be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (16th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to León last weekend and then followed that up with a 0-1 loss to Veracruz in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas will look to turn things around here when they go on the road, and they did have a marginally better road record than home record last season. Nevertheless, back-to-back losses with just one goal scored between them won’t have done much for Atlas’s confidence.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Veracruz played out a 0-0 draw in their Clausura 2018 season opener.
With Veracruz starting the season in last place in the relegation standings – and with a fairly significant gap between themselves and the penultimate Querétaro – the visitors were determined to leave the Estadio Víctoria with something to show for the trip.
Despite missing a penalty kick, Cruz Azul beat nine-man Veracruz 1-0 to put La Máquina back into the playoffs for the first time in three years.
In front of a vociferous crowd in the Estadio Azul, La Máquina came out attacking as they looked for that elusive Liguilla berth. Jesús Méndez and Ángel Mena combined well as Cruz Azul looked to take an early lead. But despite controlling possession, the final touch was lacking for the hosts.
León demolished Veracruz 6-2 in this game that finished 10 vs 10. The result is a fourth straight home victory for La Fiera, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost three in a row and are winless in five.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the third minute. Elías Hernández played in Andrés Andrade, who finished off the service to make it 1-0 for León.
Chivas de Guadalajara climbed out of last place with a 2-3 away win against Veracruz. The result snaps a five-game winless streak for El Rebaño, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost two in a row and are winless in four.
Veracruz nearly grabbed the lead just two minutes into the game when José Arturo Rivas won a header inside the box, but Rodolfo Cota reacted well and sent the ball out for a corner kick. The Tiburones continued to press and Cota and the defense were kept busy in the opening quarter of an hour.