The hosts opened the scoring in the 18th minute, when Alejandro Arribas met a cross from Pablo Barrera with his header, beating Nahuel Guzmán to give the universitarios the 1-0 lead.
Pumas UNAM vs Tigres UANL – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (1st) drew 1-1 with Lobos BUAP last weekend, a surprising result in a game that pitted first place against last. The universitarios remain unbeaten this season, although they are now winless in two; they’ll look to get back to winning ways – and solidify their grasp on first place – when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one. Pumas may also be concerned by the fact that, after scoring six goals in their opening two games, they’ve scored just one since.
As for Tigres UANL (6th), the universitarios beat Pachuca 3-2 last weekend to remain perfect at home this season. Tigres are also unbeaten in three overall, and they’ll look for their first road win of the Clausura in this one. Despite sitting five places behind Pumas, Tigres are only one point back; a win here could see them finish the weekend in first place.
Lobos BUAP took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pumas UNAM came back for a 1-1 draw. The result snaps a three-game losing streak for the Licántropos but leaves them winless in the Clausura 2018, while the universitarios remain unbeaten.
The game started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. Lobos took advantage of a set piece to open the scoring, with César Cercado appearing completely unmarked to head home a corner kick and make it 1-0.
Lobos BUAP vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (18th) fell 3-1 to Pachuca last weekend to remain winless this season. The licántropos have suffered three consecutive losses to start the Clausura, which has seen them drop down the relegation standings. Another loss here could see them fall as far as 17th in the Tabla de Cociente. Lobos’ defense has been their main problem; they’ve allowed nine goals to date, a league high. Although they’ve scored three goals of their own, they haven’t been able to make those goals stand up. They need to focus on keeping a clean sheet when they return home for this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (1st), the universitarios drew 0-0 with América last weekend in the Clásico Capitalino. The result keeps Pumas unbeaten this season, although they are no longer perfect. They got back to winning ways in midweek with a 3-0 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX and they’ll look for another league win here when they face the team on the opposite end of the table.
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.
It was honors even in the Clausura 2018 edition of the Clásico Capitalino as Pumas UNAM and América played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the universitarios at the top of the table, although it also ends their perfect start to the season, while the Águilas are likewise still unbeaten.
There were chances at both ends, and América had a dangerous one in the 13th minute. Mateus Uribe played the ball in for Cecilio Domínguez, but Alfredo Saldívar made the save. Then in the 21st minute, Jesús Gallardo tried his luck from distance for the hosts, but his shot was just off target.
Pumas UNAM vs América – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (1st) beat Atlas 3-1 last weekend to remain perfect this season. The universitarios stumbled in midweek, however, where they suffered a 2-0 loss to Lobos BUAP in the Copa MX. Pumas will look to keep up their winning ways in league play, however, and keep ahold of first place while they’re at it. They have the best attacking record so far in the young season with six goals in two games and they’ll look to continue their prolific scoring here.
As for América (5th), the Águilas drew 2-2 with Pachuca last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season. They’ll look to get back to winning ways when they go back on the road for this one; they won twice as many away games as home games last season, and they’ll look to continue their good road form here. They’ll also be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.
Querétaro 3-1 Monarcas Morelia
Querétaro moved into first place in Group 9 with a 3-1 victory against Monarcas Morelia in their Clausura 2018 Copa MX debut. The Gallos Blancos took the lead in the 21st minute through Édgar Benítez, whose header made it 1-0 for the hosts. Morelia looked to respond but Querétaro’s defense stood firm, and the hosts had a few chances of their own to add to the lead.
Then, early in the second half, Morelia took advantage of their first set piece of the game to make it 1-1 through Emanuel Loeschbor. But Matías Britos restored Querétaro’s lead in the 63rd minute with a header of his own. Then, in the 83rd minute, Yerson Candelo added an insurance goal as his shot to the upper corner made it 3-1.
With the 3-1 win, Querétaro reaches three points while Morelia still has three.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. Nicolás Castillo was unmarked in the box and got to a cross from Jesús Gallardo, sending his low shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 for Pumas.
Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) earned a come-from-behind 2-3 away win against Pachuca last weekend, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going with another win when they return home for this one. The universitarios will be inspired after last week’s win, where they came from two goals down to earn a victory, and they’ll be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (16th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to León last weekend and then followed that up with a 0-1 loss to Veracruz in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas will look to turn things around here when they go on the road, and they did have a marginally better road record than home record last season. Nevertheless, back-to-back losses with just one goal scored between them won’t have done much for Atlas’s confidence.