Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa scored in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw in this rescheduled Jornada 1 match. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten this season, while the reigning champion Rayados remain winless.
While Monterrey were looking for their first win of the season to move out of last place in the table, Necaxa had the chance to move into first with a victory of their own. The game started at a good pace and it didn’t take long for the breakthrough, with Monterrey scoring in the 14th minute. Rogelio Funes Mori cut past Rodrigo Noya, drew out the keeper, and cut the ball back for Miguel Layún, whose first-time finish made it 0-1.
In this rescheduled Jornada 1 match, América earned a 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result ends a two-game winless streak for the Águilas, while the Poblanos have now lost three in a row.
The hosts started the game off better, but they were unable to capitalize on their advantage while they had it, with Memo Ochoa making several good saves to keep América from falling behind. Then VAR review saw Puebla come off worse for wear twice; first, when Jesús Zavala’s would-be goal was determined to have been stopped by Ochoa on the line, and then when a penalty call was changed to a free kick just outside the box.
Jornada 1 of the Clausura 2020 season featured an abbreviated slate of matches, with the season openers for the Apertura 2019 finalists – Monterrey and América – postponed.
That decision was made to allow the finalists a bit of rest before the new season, since – due to Monterrey’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup – the second leg of the final was played just two weeks before the start of the Clausura.
That little bit of extra rest hasn’t seemed particularly helpful so far; with three games under their respective belts, Monterrey is winless and has earned just a single point, while América has a 1-1-1 record.
The Clausura 2020 season got underway this weekend, with León’s 3-1 victory against Querétaro putting them into first place after the abbreviated first round of games. (Due to the delayed Apertura 2019 final, the finalists had their Jornada 1 games rescheduled for February, so only seven games were played this weekend).
Due to Veracruz’s disaffiliation, there will be no relegation at the end of the Clausura 2020 season, and the Tabla de Cociente was adjusted to remove the games played against Veracruz in the Apertura 2019; San Luis is currently last in the Cociente standings.
Monarcas Morelia 0-1 Toluca Tijuana 2-1 Santos Laguna
Cruz Azul 1-2 Atlas Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 FC Juárez León 3-1 Querétaro
Tigres UANL 0-0 Atlético San Luis Pumas UNAM 2-1 Pachuca
(Puebla vs América – February 4)
(Necaxa vs Monterrey – February 5)
The revamped Copa MX gets underway this week with the first round of group stage games.
The Copa will now run for the entire 2019-2020 season, with the group stage in the Apertura and the knockout rounds in the Clausura; a total of 27 teams are participating, 15 from Liga MX and 12 from Ascenso MX, drawn into nine groups of three.
The winner of each group, as well as the seven best runners-up, will move on to the knockout rounds. Those will now consist of two-legged series, rather than a single game, and will begin in January.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended three players in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 1 matches.
Carlos Guerrero of León and Rodrigo Salinas of Toluca were both given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Julio César Domínguez of Cruz Azul was suspended one game for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity.