The Clausura 2019 edition of the Copa MX got underway this week with the first round of group-stage games.
It was a week for the visitors, with seven away teams picking up victories in the eight games that were played. The ninth scheduled match, Dorados vs Zacatepec, was postponed due to field conditions.
Potros UAEM 1-2 Monarcas Morelia
Pumas UNAM 0-1 Atlas
Atlante 1-2 Pachuca
Lobos BUAP 0-1 Mineros de Zacatecas
Cimarrones 1-2 Chivas de Guadalajara
León 0-1 Alebrijes de Oaxaca TM Fútbol Club 3-2 Puebla
Atlético San Luis 0-2 Necaxa
Dorados de Sinaloa vs Zacatepec – postponed to 2/12
The Clausura 2019 Copa MX tournament gets underway this week with the first round of group-stage games.
The group stage consists of six rounds of games, with each team playing four matches. The winner of each group, along with the seven best runners-up, will then advance to the knockout rounds, which start with the round of sixteen.
Lobos BUAP is the only realistic rival Veracruz has in the relegation fight, and the Licántropos earned an important three points in that battle with a 2-0 victory against Santos Laguna in their Clausura 2019 opener.
The game didn’t start off well for the hosts, though; Santos Laguna dominated the early stages and had several clear chances in the opening 15 minutes. The first came when Brian Lozano tried to chip the keeper and the second when Eduar Preciado had a shot from a tight angle that forced Toño Rodríguez to give up a rebound that Julio César Furch also failed to put away.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Pumas UNAM and Veracruz opened their Clausura 2019 seasons with a 0-0 draw.
The universitarios came out attacking and it looked like the hosts had taken the lead in just the 7th minute, when Felipe Mora finished off an attack. But after consulting VAR, referee Francisco Chacón disallowed the would-be goal for offside.
Chivas de Guadalajara got their Clausura 2019 season off to a good start with a 2-0 victory against Tijuana. It was El Rebaño’s first home win since August, and they’ll hope it will be the first of many this season.
Tijuana started the game off better, creating more chances throughout the first 15 minutes, but the Xolos couldn’t make their opportunities count while they had them. The closest they came was a long-range shot by Diego Rodríguez that Raúl Gudiño sent out for a corner kick.
León and Tigres UANL had a roller coaster start to their Clausura 2019 seasons with a game where both teams had the lead at one time or another only for it to end in a 2-2 deadlock after a stoppage-time penalty kick.
The night started off well for the visitors, with Javier Aquino giving Tigres the 0-1 lead in just the 5th minute when he sent a long-range rocket past Rodolfo Cota. The universitarios didn’t have long to enjoy their lead, however, before León tied it up in the 10th minute.
Querétaro took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlas came back for a 1-2 away win in their Clausura 2019 opener. The result ends a 17-game road winless streak for the Rojinegros that stretched back more than a calendar year.
The game started off without any great rhythm, with more fouls than goal-scoring chances. The Gallos Blancos did have one good early look in the 5th minute, with Camilo Sanvezzo sending a dangerous free kick into the mixer, but Atlas was able to clear their lines.
Monterrey started their Clausura 2019 season in style with a comprehensive 5-0 victory against Pachuca.
The hosts came out attacking and soon began to find dangerous chances. Rogelio Funes Mori had a golden opportunity in the 8th minute when he received the ball in the box, beat his defender, and shot towards the far post, but his attempt went just wide.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-1 draw, leaving it honors even as La Máquina and La Franja made their Clausura 2019 debuts.
Despite being the visitors, Cruz Azul started the game off better and took control of the ball early on while Puebla was largely limited to counterattacks – some of them dangerous. Aldhair Molina in particular was a creative outlet for the hosts.