Desperate to end their poor run of form, León took the initiative early on. However, their forays down the wings didn’t translate into goals, and as time passed Toluca settled into the game and began to press their lines higher up the field.
The two were originally given eight- and ten- game suspensions, respectively, for “attempted assault” of the referees. That punishment resulted in a referee strike that saw this weekend’s Jornada 10 games postponed, with the Mexican Referee Association (AMA) noting that the suspensions were not based on the existing regulations for sanctions.
Sambueza and Andrade were involved in plays in Jornada 9 that resulted in serious injury to their opponents (Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively). For causing harm to an opponent, Sambueza was given an eight-game suspension, which will end his season unless Toluca reaches the playoffs.
The hosts took the lead from the penalty spot in the 17th minute, with Enrique Triverio converting the spot kick after Morelia was called for a handball in the box.
Then, in the 30th, the Diablos Rojos made it 2-0 when Carlos Esquivel tapped the ball in following an assist from Sinha.
The two most notable suspensions go to Rubens Sambueza of Toluca and Andrés Andrade of León, who are indefinitely suspended until the Committee can make a definitive ruling. Sambueza and Andrade were both involved in red-card challenges that resulted in significant injury (to Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively).
The clubs of the injured players have requested the disqualification of Sambueza and Andrade for the duration of Brizuela and Ibarra’s injury layoffs.
Chivas de Guadalajara moved into first place in the table with a 2-0 victory over 9-man Toluca. The result extends el Rebaño’s home unbeaten streak to three games while the Diablos Rojos have now lost two in a row.
The hosts took the lead just past the half-hour mark, when Ángel Zaldívar slipped his marker and played in Alan Pulido, whose diagonal shot made it 1-0 for Chivas.
Toluca 3-1 Celaya (Group 8)
Toluca remained atop Group 8 with a 3-1 victory over Celaya. The result sees the Diablos Rojos advance to the round of sixteen while Celaya is eliminated. Toluca was assured of first in the group regardless of tonight’s result, and although they started the game off better it was the visitors who took the lead. In the 13th minute, Celaya won a penalty kick and Rodrigo López converted it to give the Toros the 0-1 lead. Toluca thought they had tied it just before halftime, but Alfredo Moreno’s would-be goal was disallowed after it was ruled that the ball had gone out of play in the buildup.
Nevertheless, Toluca rallied in the second half. In the 62nd minute, Rubens Sambueza scored direct from a free kick to make it 1-1; then, in the 72nd minute, the referee pointed to the penalty spot again, this time in favor of the hosts. Enrique Triverio converted the PK to make it 2-1, and then Fernando Uribe sealed the victory with his goal in the 87th minute.
With the 3-1 win, Toluca reaches 10 points while Celaya still has two.
A set piece gave the visitors the lead in the 22nd minute. A free kick was sent in and then headed back towards the far post, where Alfredo Talavera failed to deal with. Pablo Míguez was there to head the ball into the empty net and give Puebla the 0-1 advantage.
Toluca extended their winning streak to three games and their unbeaten streak to four as they beat Monarcas Morelia 1-2 on Saturday night. The result leaves Morelia winless at home in three and also leaves them in last place in the relegation standings.
Veracruz’s loss earlier this weekend left Morelia with the opportunity to leapfrog their relegation rivals with a win tonight, but they were unable to take advantage. Toluca looked the more dangerous team and Carlos Felipe Rodríguez was called on repeatedly to keep the game goalless.
Cruz Azul vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (14th) drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless in five. La Máquina is unbeaten at home this season, and the Estadio Azul was also the site of their lone win to date; they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They failed to win in midweek as well, however, where a 0-0 draw with Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX extended their winless streak in all competitions to eight games.
As for Atlas (11th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Clásico Tapatío last weekend. That result ended their home unbeaten streak and leaves them winless in two overall. Atlas is unbeaten in two on the road, however, and they’ll look to add to Cruz Azul’s woes with another away win in this one. They will also be more rested than their opponent, as Atlas did not have a midweek game.