Toluca moved into first place in the table with a 1-2 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result leaves the Licántropos winless in four and drops them to last in the table, while the Diablos Rojos extended their winning streak to six games.
Lobos came out looking for the three points that would give them some breathing room in the relegation fight. However, it was Toluca who struck first, with the visitors taking the lead in just the 10th minute.
A late own-goal gave Toluca a 0-1 away win against Pumas UNAM. The result is a fourth straight victory for the Diablos Rojos while the universitarios suffered their second consecutive loss and are now winless in five.
Pumas could get little going in attack as Nicolás Castillo and Matías Alustiza looked disconnected from the rest of the team while a well-organized Toluca back line easily cut out the few opportunities the hosts created.
Toluca remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-1 victory against Pachuca. The result is a third straight win for the Diablos Rojos, while the Tuzos saw their four-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The hosts suffered an early setback as Maximiliano Perg had to be subbed out due to injury just five minutes into the game, but the enforced change in the back didn’t affect Toluca’s play. Pachuca was well-organized defensively, however, and the Diablos were largely limited to shots from outside the box.
Toluca remained unbeaten at home this season with a 2-0 win against 10-man Santos Laguna. The result snaps a five-game unbeaten streak for the Laguneros, who lost the opportunity to move into first place in the table.
The Diablos Rojos took the lead in the 14th minute, when Rubens Sambueza found some space and sent in a cross for Fernando Uribe, whose header made it 1-0 for Toluca.
With a saved penalty at the death, neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Toluca played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in two but winless at home this season while the Diablos Rojos are unbeaten in three but winless in two.
The hosts had the better of the chances in the first half. In the 22nd minute, Matías Fernández hit the post with a free kick; then, following a corner kick, Carlos González saw his header cleared off the line by Rodrigo Salinas.
Querétaro vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (14th) fell 1-0 to Monarcas Morelia to keep them winless in two. The Gallos Blancos are also winless at home this season, with a loss and a draw in La Corregidora, but they’ll look to change that here when they take on a relegation rival. Of concern for Querétaro is their goal-scoring – or lack thereof. The Gallos have been shut out in three of their four games to date. On the other hand, they’ve only allowed two goals all season.
As for Veracruz (16th), the Tiburones Rojos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless in the Clausura. Veracruz is sitting at the foot of the relegation standings and needs to pick up points ASAP if they want to remain in Liga MX next season. The Tiburones Rojos did manage to score their first goal of the season last weekend, and they’ll look to build on that here.
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.
Santos Laguna 2-1 Toluca
Santos Laguna remained perfect in the Clausura 2018 Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Toluca in this Group 4 game. The result leaves the Diablos Rojos winless in this competition. Santos opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when Brian Lozano scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-0.
In the second half, Toluca found the equalizer. In the 66th minute, Fernando Uribe’s initial shot was saved but the rebound fell to Rodrigo Salinas, who made it 1-1. However, Santos soon retook the lead. In the 70th minute, Lozano hit the post, with the rebound then falling to Julio César Furch, who made it 2-1. Although Santos then went down to 10 men after Jorge Sánchez was red-cared, Toluca couldn’t take advantage as just minutes later they saw Pablo Barrientos sent off.
With the 2-1 win, Santos reaches six points while Toluca still has one.