The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players and two coaches in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 17 games.
On the playing side, Pedro Álvarez of Atlético San Luis was given a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Jown Anderson of León was suspended one game for serious foul play.
On the coaching side, Miguel Herrera of América was given a one-game suspension for deliberately leaving the technical area for the purpose of provoking or escalating a situation, while Jorge Almanda of Santos Laguna was suspended one game for deliberately leaving the technical area to disagree with or protest the decision of one of the referees.
Santos Laguna remained in first place with their 1-2 win against América, while Veracruz remained in last despite their 1-1 draw with Monterrey.
Santos Laguna has locked up a playoff spot, while FC Juárez, Toluca, Puebla, and Veracruz are all mathematically eliminated from contention.
In the relegation fight, Veracruz remained in last place in the Tabla de Cociente with their draw, while relegation rivals Querétaro also drew and San Luis, FC Juárez, and Chivas de Guadalajara all won.
Puebla 1-1 Pumas UNAM
Atlas 1-2 Atlético San Luis
Querétaro 0-0 Tigres UANL
América 1-2 Santos Laguna
Monterrey 1-1 Veracruz
Necaxa 1-2 Pachuca
Toluca 1-3 Chivas de Guadalajara FC Juárez 3-0 Tijuana
León 1-1 Monarcas Morelia
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 17 games.
Víctor Velázquez of Lobos BUAP, Vladimir Loroña of Puebla, and Ángel Zaldívar of Monterrey were all given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Omar Mendoza of Tijuana was suspended one game for yellow card accumulation after picking up his fifth caution of the season.
The season is over for Lobos and Puebla, so Velázquez and Loroña will serve their suspensions at the start of the Apertura 2019 season, while Zaldívar and Mendoza will miss the first leg of their respective quarterfinal series.
Monterrey wrapped up their regular season with a 3-1 victory against Atlas. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in three – and gives them a fourth straight home win – while the Rojinegros finish winless in four and winless on the road.
Monterrey had the better of the early chances, with Jesús Gallardo and Clifford Aboagye creating opportunities; then, in the 24th minute, the hosts were awarded a penalty kick following a handball in the box.
Tigres UANL scored in stoppage time to earn a 0-1 away win against Chivas de Guadalajara as they angle for better playoff positioning. The result is a third straight win for the universitarios, who are unbeaten in five, while El Rebaño ended the Apertura 2018 with a third straight home loss – and only one victory all season in the Estadio Akron.
Tigres were already assured of a spot in the Liguilla, while Chivas was already eliminated. The hosts were nevertheless looking to close their season on a high note, especially given the difficulties they’ve had at home in recent years. Tigres had the better of the run of play, but Chivas stood strong defensively, with Raúl Gudiño making a number of important saves.
América earned a comfortable 4-1 victory against 10-man Veracruz – despite missing a penalty – to confirm the Águilas’ second-place finish and keep the Tiburones Rojos in last place. The result ends a three-game winless streak for América, who are unbeaten in 11, while Veracruz wraps up the season with a 10-game winless streak.
This game was played at Toluca’s Estadio Nemesio Diez due to poor field conditions in the Estadio Azteca, but the change of venue didn’t appear to bother América at all as they took the lead in the very first minute of play. Cecilio Domínguez sent a cross in from the left for Roger Martínez, who finished it off at the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-0.
Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with León. The result will keep the Tuzos out of the playoffs, as they needed a win to move into the top eight; La Fiera were already eliminated from contention. Pachuca finishes the season with a six-game unbeaten streak, while León ends with a four-game winless streak.
The game was end-to-end from the beginning, with Pachuca desperate to score and León looking to play spoiler. Franco Jara had a few early opportunities, but Rodolfo Cota was alert to the danger. At the other end, Jean Meneses and Mauro Boselli were heavily involved for León.