Toluca earned their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory against 10-man Tijuana. The result snaps a three-game losing streak for the Diablos Rojos while the Xolos have now lost two of their last three.
Toluca came out attacking as they looked to get their season on track, and they were rewarded early. In the 7th minute, the unfortunate Diego Braghieri sent the ball into his own net while trying to cut out a cross from Édgar Pardo to give Toluca the 1-0 lead.
Tijuana earned their first home win of the Apertura with a 1-0 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result keeps the Xolos unbeaten at home this season, while the universitarios have now lost two in a row.
The hosts took the lead early and never relinquished it. In the 9th minute, Miler Bolaños was played into the box and sent a low cross towards the far post for Camilo Sanvezzo, who slotted it home to make it 1-0 for the Xolos.
América earned a 3-1 victory against Tijuana in their first game after the departure of Agustín Marchesín, but it wasn’t all good news for the Águilas: Nicolás Castillo suffered a fractured fibula late in the first half.
The visitors had a dangerous chance early on, with Ariel Nahuelpán’s shot from outside the box forcing a save out of Óscar Jiménez, and then Washington Camacho sending the rebound barely wide in the 3rd minute.
Puebla’s Apertura 2019 season got off to a disappointing start as they fell 1-3 at home to Tijuana after having taken the lead.
The Poblanos were looking to make their home field advantage count and they had a promising start. In the 14th minute, Lucas Cavallini took the ball down the center and played in Christian Tabó on the right; he rounded the onrushing goalkeeper and sent the ball into the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
León picked up a 2-1 victory against Tijuana in the second leg of their quarterfinal series to advance with a comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory.
La Fiera were in a comfortable position going into this game after picking up a 3-1 away win in the first leg; the Xolos needed to win by three to move on, and León had the best defensive record in the league this season. The hosts could have sat back and let the first leg result be decisive, but instead they came out looking to win and they soon had the opening goal.
Tigres UANL vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision First leg: Pachuca 1-1 Tigres
Saturday’s clash between these two will be a winner-takes-all affair after a draw on Wednesday night. Tigres, with both an away goal and the advantage of being the higher seed, are in a more comfortable position; in addition to a win, they would go through with either a goalless draw or another 1-1 result. The universitarios lost just once in El Volcán in the regular season, and drew just once as well; their other six games all ended in victories.
On the other hand, to say Pachuca did not travel well would be an understatement; the Tuzos did not win a single one of their nine away games, picking up four draws and five losses on their travels. They also managed just six goals on the road, while allowing 21. Pachuca will need a much better result here if they want to move on to the semifinals.
León took a comfortable lead in the first leg of this quarterfinal series with a 1-3 away win against Tijuana.
The game started off fairly evenly, with León looking somewhat stronger but neither team taking firm control. Then, in the 31st minute, the visitors took the lead. William Tesillo took the ball upfield and played José Juan Macías into the box, where he turned and beat Manuel Gibrán Lajud to make it 0-1.
Pachuca vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pachuca (7th) finished off the regular season with a 2-1 loss to León, a result that ended their five-game unbeaten streak. They’ll look to bounce back in their quarterfinal opener, and they were unbeaten at home in the regular season, amassing an 8-0-0 record in the Estadio Hidalgo. They’ll look to put that home field advantage to good use here, especially knowing that they failed to win a single game on the road in the Clausura 2019. The Tuzos will need to get this series off to a good start if they want to advance. Pachuca was also plagued by defensive difficulties this season, and they allowed the most goals of any of the Liguilla teams – on the other hand, they allowed just five goals in their eight home matches, while scoring 26 of their own. Continue reading →
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 17 games.
Víctor Velázquez of Lobos BUAP, Vladimir Loroña of Puebla, and Ángel Zaldívar of Monterrey were all given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Omar Mendoza of Tijuana was suspended one game for yellow card accumulation after picking up his fifth caution of the season.
The season is over for Lobos and Puebla, so Velázquez and Loroña will serve their suspensions at the start of the Apertura 2019 season, while Zaldívar and Mendoza will miss the first leg of their respective quarterfinal series.