Veracruz came from behind to earn a crucial 3-1 victory against Atlas in this relegation six-pointer. The Tiburones Rojos narrowed the gap in the relegation standings to eight points as they earned their first home win of the season, while the result is a sixth straight away loss for the Rojinegros, who have failed to earn a single point on the road in the Clausura 2018.
With both teams very aware of the relegation implications of this game, it was no surprise that it started at a very high intensity. Atlas came out attacking and grabbed the lead in just the 6th minute, when Milton Caraglio headed the visitors in front.
Monarcas Morelia dealt another blow to Veracruz’s hopes of avoiding relegation as they handed the Tiburones Rojos a 2-0 loss. The result is a second straight victory for the michoacanos – and a third in a row at home – while Veracruz has now lost three in a row and is winless in four.
Despite Veracruz’s desperate need for points, it was Morelia who took control of the game. The pressure showed for the visitors, who struggled to find a rhythm. Then, in the 9th minute, an error gave Morelia the lead.
Tigres UANL extended their winning streak to three games with a 0-2 away win against Veracruz. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten in five, while the Tiburones Rojos have now lost two in a row, are winless in three, and remain rooted to the foot of the relegation standings.
The visitors took the lead in just the 7th minute. A throw-in led to the goal by Lucas Zelarayán, who had only to tap the ball into the empty net to give Tigres the early 0-1 lead.
Veracruz took the lead but couldn’t hold it as América scored a stoppage-time goal to tie the game 1-1. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless at home this season but unbeaten in two overall, while América remain unbeaten this season and at the top of the table.
The hosts suffered a setback towards the end of the first half, when goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was injured in a collision with a teammate and forced out of the game, to be replaced by Édgar Melitón Hernández.
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.