The visitors started the game off well and in the 7th minute they won a penalty. André-Pierre Gignac stepped up to take it, but he couldn’t find the target as the spot kick went wide and the game remained 0-0.
Toluca vs Tijuana – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (6th) beat Tigres UANL 1-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten in two. The Diablos Rojos are also unbeaten at home and they’ll look for another win as they return to the Estadio Nemesio Diez for this one. Toluca has been a consistent attacking threat in the Apertura, scoring at least once in every game, although they’ve been somewhat up-and-down defensively.
As for Tijuana (10th), the Xolos drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend to keep them winless in three. They did win in midweek, though, where they earned a 3-1 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX. The Xolos have only had one road game this season, which they lost back in Jornada 2. They’ll look for a better road result in this one, but Toluca is a tough team to play at home.
Tigres UANL and Cruz Azul both filed petitions of non-conformity regarding the red cards given to Guido Pizarro and Pablo Aguilar, respectively, but both were denied. The two were given one-game suspensions, Pizarro for violent conduct and Aguilar for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
Tigres UANL took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they went down to nine men and Toluca came back for a 1-2 away win. The result ends Tigres’ home unbeaten streak at 29 games; they’ve now lost two league games in a row, while the the Diablos Rojos are unbeaten in two.
The night started off well for the hosts, with André-Pierre Gignac giving them the lead in the 14th minute. After a pair of chances went begging, Gignac got his head to a cross from Jürgen Damm to make it 1-0 for Tigres.
Lobos BUAP vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 1-0 to Necaxa last weekend to remain winless on the road this season. The Licantropos’ lone win of the Apertura came at home, and they’ll look for a repeat performance as they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have one of the better defensive records to date, but they’ve also struggled for goals. They’ll look for their attack to come to life here. Lobos will also have the advantage of being better rested as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (17th), the Rojinegros fell 0-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them winless this season. Atlas also has yet to score a goal in league play, although they did manage a 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas has had problems at both ends of the field; in addition to the worst attacking record, they’re died for the worst defensive record as well, having conceded six goals to date. Atlas will look to turn things around with an away win – or at least a goal – in this one.
The first half started off evenly, with neither team able to dominante. Both sides came into this one with a 2-0-0 record and with zero goals conceded; both teams wanted to extend those streaks. The first good chance didn’t come until the 24th minute when Enner Valencia received a through ball, but the flag went up for offside.
Necaxa vs Lobos BUAP – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (11th) fell 5-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to give them their first loss of the young season. The Rayos will look to get back on track when they return home for this one, and they did earn a 1-0 win against TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. Necaxa’s defense will need to be better, though; last week’s shellacking means the Rayos currently have the worst defensive record in the league.
As for Lobos BUAP (8th), the Licántropos beat Veracruz 2-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Lobos are still winless on the road, though, and they’ll look to change that here. They’ll have the advantage of being better-rested than Necaxa, as Lobos did not have a midweek game. They’ve also scored in both their games to date and they’ll look to give Necaxa’s defense another difficult outing in this one.
Tigres UANL remained perfect with a 1-0 win against Tijuana. The result extends the universitarios‘ home unbeaten streak to a record-tying 29 games while ending the Xolos’ own unbeaten start to the Apertura season.
Tigres were on the front foot from the beginning as they attacked with intent. They came close in the 13th minute, when Luis Rodríguez tried his luck from distance, but Gibrán Lajud was alert to the danger and made the necessary save.
Pumas UNAM vs Necaxa – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) picked up a 0-2 away win against Veracruz last weekend, but the universitarios fell 1-2 to TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. They’ll now look to get back to winning ways in their first home game of the season here. Pumas had an indifferent home record last season though, with the fewest home points of any of the playoff teams; they’ll look for a stronger showing in the Estadio Olímpico Universitario this time out.
As for Necaxa (6th), the Rayos earned a 2-1 win against América last weekend and they’ll look to make it two in a row when they hit the road for this one. Necaxa was a good away team last season, losing just once in nine outings, and they’ll have the advantage of extra rest in this one as unlike Pumas they did not play in midweek.
Fresh off their 4-0 victory in the Campeón de Campeones game, Tigres UANL earned a 2-0 win against León in their Apertura 2018 debut. The result extends the universitarios’ home unbeaten streak to an impressive 28 games.
The visitors started the game off attacking and it wasn’t long before Luis Montes tried his luck from distance, hitting the post and giving the the home fans a nervous moment. Then Mauro Boselli’s attempt on the half-volley forced a good save out of Nahuel Guzmán to keep León off the board.