The game started off at a good pace and Toluca had an early chance from a corner kick that surprised Raúl Gudiño and nearly ended up as an Olímpico from Pablo Barrientos. Gudiño was then called on to deny Luis Mendoza in the 16th minute as the visitors looked to take the lead.
Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (13th) fell 2-1 to Necaxa last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. That result also keeps the universitarios winless in league play. They did win the Copa MX, however, where they picked up a 0-2 win against Leones Negros on Wednesday night. They’ll look to build on that result when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one, but Pumas wasn’t particularly successful at home last season, earning just two wins in eight games.
As for Atlas (8th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to América last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. Atlas is unbeaten on the road so far this season, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. They’ve already earned more points on the road this season than they did in the entirety of the Apertura, and they’ll hope to take advantage of Pumas’ home inconsistencies. They’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game.
Toluca moved into first place in the table with a 2-0 win against 10-man Puebla. The result is a second straight win for the Diablos Rojos, while the Poblanos remain winless in the young Clausura 2019 season.
The hosts started the game off stronger and kept the ball in Puebla’s defensive third, but they were unable to open the scoring. Puebla slowly grew into the game and leveled it out, although they also struggled to find that final incisive play.
Toluca vs Puebla – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (2nd) came from behind to earn a 1-3 victory against Monarcas Morelia last weekend, and they’ll be looking to make it two wins in a row when they return home to the Estadio Nemesio Diez for this one. The Diablos Rojos will be encouraged by their response to falling behind last weekend and they’ll also have the advantage of some extra rest for this one as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Puebla (9th), the Poblanos drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend. They’ll now look for their first win when they go on the road in this one. Puebla was on the road in midweek as well, where they fell 3-2 to TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX. They’ll look to put that behind them here, but Toluca is a hard team to beat at home. Nevertheless, Puebla will want to get that first win under their belt sooner rather than later. Although they’re not realistically involved in the relegation fight this season, despite their penultimate position in the Tabla de Cociente, they’ll want to strengthen their position for next year by earning as many points as possible this season.
Monarcas Morelia took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 1-3 to Toluca in the opening match of the Clausura 2019 season. The Diablos Rojos earned the away win thanks to an Enrique Triverio hat-trick.
The game was full of meaning for the hosts, as Carlos Morales played his last minutes with Morelia. The 39-year-old captain, the last remaining player from the Invierno 2000 team that won Morelia’s lone league title, was honored by the club and the fans before being subbed out in the 9th minute to bring his career to a close.
It’s a new year and a new season is just days away, but not everyone in Liga MX is starting the year with a clean slate. The Disciplinary Committee has published the list of players and coaching staff who have pending sanctions to serve at the start of the Clausura 2019, with seven players and one physical trainer set to be sidelined.
The following list shows the club with which the suspensions were received; if the players have changed teams, they will serve the suspension with their new club.
Pumas UNAM turned a first-half goal into a 0-1 away win against Toluca. The result is a third straight road win for the universitarios, while the Diablos Rojos saw a four-game home winning streak ended and are now winless in two overall.
Both teams came into this game level on points and looking to secure a spot in the playoffs; the victory guarantees Pumas will be in the Liguilla, while Toluca is not yet mathematically safe. The visitors had the first good chance in this one, with Felipe Mora receiving the ball from Carlos González in good position, but he sent his shot over the crossbar.
Adrián Aldrete of Cruz Azul and Mauro Lainez of Lobos BUAP will miss their next match after receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Santiago García of Toluca was given a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
Jesús Paganoni of Veracruz was given a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Alan Mozo of Pumas UNAM was suspended one game for yellow-card accumulation after picking up his fifth caution of the season.
Club América coach Miguel Herrera and Monarcas Morelia assistant coach Esteve Padilla will both be absent from the benches for one game after earning a suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions.