With both teams in need of points, the game was an open affair from the beginning. Pachuca looked dangerous with Jonathan Urretaviscaya feeding Ángelo Sagal and Keisuke Honda, while Víctor Guzmán tested Moisés Muñoz with several shots from outside the box.
Monterrey remained perfect at home this season with a 2-0 victory against Pachuca. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in the Apertura 2017 while the Tuzos saw their road losing streak grow to three games.
The hosts took the lead in the 24th minute. John Stefan Medina played in Dorlan Pabón, who cut the ball back for Rogelio Funes Mori. The Argentinian beat Óscar Pérez to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
Pachuca was looking to build on their big midweek win to continue climbing up towards the playoff spots, but it was Necaxa who had the better of the early chances. Alfonso Blanco came up big in the 10th minute to deny Roberto Alvarado the opening goal.
Pachuca snapped their three-game losing streak with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Cruz Azul. The result brings La Máquina’s season-long unbeaten streak to an abrupt halt and leaves them winless on the road in four.
The visitors started the game off well, with Ángel Mena and Édgar Méndez attacking down the wings, but Pachuca weathered the early storm and then struck to open the scoring in the 16th minute.
It didn’t take the hosts long to take the lead. In the 5th minute, Andrés Mosquera sent a cross into the box for Mauro Boselli, whose header made it 1-0. That goal was Boselli’s hundredth career goal for León.
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (7th) drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in three. La Máquina has three times as many draws as wins in the Apertura – six and two, respectively – and they need to start picking up all three points if they want to stay in the top eight. They do have the second-best defensive record in the league, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Azul for this one.
As for Santos Laguna (14th), the Laguneros drew 0-0 with Toluca last weekend to remain unbeaten in three but also winless at home this season. Their lone win of the Apertura came on the road, and they’ll look for another one here. They picked up an away win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat FC Juárez 0-3.
Chivas came out attacking from the opening whistle and Rodolfo Pizarro sent a shot just wide early on. Pachuca had early chances of their own, with Erick Gutiérrez’s header forcing a good save out of Rodolfo Cota.
Lobos BUAP vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Lobos BUAP TV
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 3-2 to Tigres UANL last time out to extend their winless streak to four games. The licántropos have slipped down the Tabla de Cociente as a result and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They will be without the suspended Eduardo Tercero, however. Nevertheless, Lobos have one of the best attacking records in the league (averaging two goals a game) and if they can improve defensively they’ll be well-positioned to get a good result.
As for Monarcas Morelia (9th), the michoacanos beat América 2-0 last time out to give them back-to-back victories. Morelia will look to build on that and extend their winning streak to three when they face the vulnerable Lobos in this one. Morelia has had mixed results on the road, though, where they are 1-1-1 this season.
The visitors went down to 10 men very early on, with Víctor Guzmán given a straight red card in the 12th minute for a hard foul on Damián Pérez. That early expulsion changed the tone of the game, although Pachuca was still able to stifle the Xolos for nearly the entire first half.
The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute. Erick Aguirre got free on the left and sent in a low cross; Ángelo Sagal’s initial shot was blocked by Pedro Gallese, but the Chilean pounced on the rebound to make it 1-0.