Pachuca took the initiative early on as they looked to finally get that elusive first win. Their first good chance came in the 10th minute with a header by Erick Gutiérrez, but Toño Rodríguez made the save.
In a waterlogged Estadio Olímpico Universitario, neither team could find the breakthrough as Pumas UNAM and Pachuca played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the universitarios unbeaten, but ends their perfect start to the season, while the Tuzos snapped a three-game losing streak but remain winless.
Pumas suffered a setback before the game even began as Alejandro Arribas was injured in warm-ups and had to scratch from the lineup. The rain didn’t help things after kickoff, either, with players slipping and splashing around the field.
Pumas UNAM vs Pachuca – 5:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (1st) beat Atlas 3-0 last weekend to remain perfect this season. The universitarios did stumble in midweek, however, where they suffered a 1-3 loss to Necaxa in the Copa MX. Pumas will look to set that aside and refocus on league play here as they aim to extend their unbeaten start to the season and remain in first place. They have the best goalscoring record in the league with an impressive 10 goals from just three games, and they’ll look for more goals against a struggling team in this one.
As for Pachuca (18th), the Tuzos fell 1-3 to América last weekend to keep them winless this season. Pachuca has yet to pick up even a single point in league play, and they’ve only scored one goal – a penalty. The Tuzos are getting increasingly desperate to get their season on track, but an away game against the league leaders is not the ideal place to pick up a victory. They’ll hope to be underestimated here in search of a surprise win, and they’ll have the slight advantage of being a bit fresher after not having played a midweek game.
Pachuca’s poor start to the Apertura continued with a 1-3 home loss to América. The result keeps the Tuzos winless this season, although they did manage to score their first league goal, while the Águilas have now won two in a row.
The visitors came out attacking and Alfonso Blanco had to be alert to keep out a pair of chances from Andrés Ibargüen. But the keeper couldn’t preserve the shutout for long, as Diego Lainez gave América the 0-1 lead with his shot to the far post in the 15th minute.
Necaxa vs Lobos BUAP – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (11th) fell 5-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to give them their first loss of the young season. The Rayos will look to get back on track when they return home for this one, and they did earn a 1-0 win against TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. Necaxa’s defense will need to be better, though; last week’s shellacking means the Rayos currently have the worst defensive record in the league.
As for Lobos BUAP (8th), the Licántropos beat Veracruz 2-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Lobos are still winless on the road, though, and they’ll look to change that here. They’ll have the advantage of being better-rested than Necaxa, as Lobos did not have a midweek game. They’ve also scored in both their games to date and they’ll look to give Necaxa’s defense another difficult outing in this one.
The hosts came out attacking and they created their first good chance in just the 4th minute. Miguel Ángel Samudio got free on the left and drove into the box, where he laid the ball off for Camilo Sanvezzo; however, Óscar Murillo was able to block the Brazilian’s shot.
Diego Alonso got his tenure as Monterrey coach off to a winning start when he returned to the Estadio Hidalgo to face his former team, with the Rayados earning a 0-1 victory against Pachuca in their Apertura 2018 debut.
The visitors started the game off attacking as they kept up a high press, with ex-Pachuca players Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Rodolfo Pizarro looking dangerous together. The Tuzos created some chances of their own, but they were unable to really trouble Marcelo Barovero in goal.
Pachuca took a step towards the playoff places with a comprehensive 2-6 away win against Puebla. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while the Poblanos have now lost four in a row.
Puebla had a few early chances, but Pachuca soon took control of the game. The visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute through Keisuke Honda, who received the ball in the box and fired past Moisés Muñoz to make it 0-1. Continue reading
Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa came back for a 1-1 draw in this game that finished 10 v 10. The result keeps the Rayos winless in four while the Tuzos snapped a two-game losing streak but remain winless in three.
Pachuca came out attacking as they looked to rebound from last weekend’s big loss. They had a good chance in just the 2nd minute through Keisuke Honda, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
Cruz Azul got their first home win of the season in style with a comprehensive 5-0 victory against Pachuca. The result snaps an eight-game winless streak for La Máquina, while the Tuzos have now lost two in a row.
The night started perfectly for the hosts, who went ahead in just the 3rd minute through Walter Montoya, who was played in by Édgar Méndez. Montoya got past Alexis Peña and then shot past Alfonso Blanco to make it 1-0 for Cruz Azul.