Zacatepec 3-1 Murciélagos (Group 6)
Murciélagos took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Zacatepec came back for a 3-1 win in the opening match of the Clausura 2018 Copa MX. The visitors surprised Zacatepec by taking the lead in just the 8th minute when Rodolfo Galindo assisted Julián Cardozo to make it 0-1. Murciélagos had a golden opportunity to make it 0-2 just minutes later when they received a penalty after Francis Afriyie was fouled in the box. However, Luis Cárdenas saved the spot kick.
The PK save was a turning point as Zacatepec then gained the momentum. In the 15th minute, they tied it up through Juan Neira’s diving header. Despite having the majority of possession after that, it wasn’t until the second half that they took the lead. In the 66th minute, Armando González made it 2-1 for the hosts; then, in the 76th, Sefano Rodríguez added an insurance goal with his shot from distance to make it 3-1.
With the 3-1 win, Zacatepec reaches three points while Murciélagos still have zero.
América earned a 0-1 away win against Querétaro in their Clausura 2018 season opener.
With Querétaro sitting penultimate in the relegation standings, the Gallos Blancos were hoping to pick up the three points in front of their home crowd. The hosts did have the majority of possession, but they were unable to do much with it.
On the strength of a Djaniny hat-trick, Santos Laguna beat Lobos BUAP 4-2 in their Clausura 2018 season opener.
The game started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 8th minute. Osvaldo Martínez sent in a corner kick and Djaniny out-jumped his marker to head the ball past Lucero Álvarez and make it 1-0.
Toluca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Chivas de Guadalajara came back for a 1-1 draw in their Clausura 2018 season opener.
The game started off at a good pace with early chances at both ends. In the 12th minute, Toluca twice came within inches of opening the scoring. Leonel López hit the crossbar and the rebound fell to Fernando Uribe, whose bicycle kick attempt also crashed against the woodwork.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Veracruz played out a 0-0 draw in their Clausura 2018 season opener.
With Veracruz starting the season in last place in the relegation standings – and with a fairly significant gap between themselves and the penultimate Querétaro – the visitors were determined to leave the Estadio Víctoria with something to show for the trip.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia tied it up 1-1 with a last-gasp penalty in their Clausura 2018 season opener.
The visitors started the game off strongly, with Raúl Ruidíaz looking dangerous; however, it was the hosts who took the lead. In the 25th minute, José María Basanta found Rogelio Funes Mori, who beat Sebastián Sosa to give the Rayados the 1-0 lead.
Pachuca took a 2-0 lead but failed to hold it as Pumas UNAM stormed back for a 2-3 away win in their Clausura 2018 season opener.
The game started off well for the Tuzos, who looked dangerous in the attack with Keisuke Honda and Erick Aguirre creating several chances between them. Then, just past the half-hour mark, a set piece gave the hosts the lead.
Neither team could find the breakthrough as Cruz Azul and Tijuana played out a 0-0 draw in their Clausura 2018 opener.
La Máquina controlled much of the first half as they enjoyed both possession and chances. In the 18th minute, the hosts had a good opportunity when Carlos Fierro played in Felipe Mora, but the Chilean couldn’t put his shot on target.