Toluca’s head coach, Hernán Cristante, was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions.
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.
América’s petition of non-conformity regarding the red card given to Mateus Uribe was overturned, and Uribe was given a one-game suspension for serious foul play.
Despite finishing the game with 10 men, Toluca did enough to earn a 1-3 away win against Atlas. The result is the first win of the season for the Diablos Rojos, while the Rojinegros remain winless in the Clausura 2018.
The visitors took control of the game early and tested Cristopher Toselli with some early chances, primarily through Luis Quiñones and Alexis Canelo. The opening goal came in the 21st minute, when Pablo Barrientos nutmegged debutant defender José Monroy and sent a low cross into the box for Canelo, who made it 0-1 for Toluca.
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.
The first suspensions of the Clausura season – after no one was red-carded in round one – go to Edson Puch of Querétaro for receiving two yellow cards in the same game and to Fernando Uribe of Toluca for violent conduct.
Both players were given one-game suspensions and will sit out Jornada 3.
León looked to make their home field advantage count in this one and they had the first good chance of the game through Andrés Andrade, who hit the post early on. Toluca then had an opportunity of their own through Fernando Uribe, but William Yarbrough made the save.