The Clausura 2019 edition of the Copa MX continued this week with the fourth round of group-stage games.
Parity was the name of the game this week, with four of the nine matches ending in draws; of the five victories, only one was decided by a margin of more than one goal. Ascenso MX teams had the vast majority of victories, with four to Liga MX’s one.
TM Fútbol Club 0-1 FC Juárez
Pachuca 0-1 Atlante
Chivas de Guadalajara 1-1 Cimarrones
Potros UAEM 2-2 Correcaminos
Atlas 1-2 Pumas UNAM
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-1 León
Lobos BUAP 0-0 Veracruz Zacatepec 1-0 Dorados de Sinaloa Atlético San Luis 2-0 América
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players and a coach, upheld a red card appeal, and overturned two others in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 4 games.
The Committee received three petitions of nonconformity regarding the red cards given to América’s Jorge Sánchez and Monterrey’s Avilés Hurtado and Nicolás Sánchez during the eventful game between the two sides this past Saturday.
Santos Laguna wrapped up Jornada 4 with a 1-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara. The result keeps the Laguneros perfect at home this season, while El Rebaño saw their three-game winning streak brought to a halt.
Chivas came out looking to keep their perfect start to the season alive and move back into first place in the table. They had a good chance to take the lead in the 12th minute, when Alan Pulido got the ball on the left, got past three defenders, and took a shot from the edge of the box, but Jonathan Orozco was there to make the save.
León earned their first win of the Clausura 2019 in style with a 0-4 thrashing of Querétaro. The result keeps La Fiera unbeaten on the road this season, while the Gallos Blancos remain winless after suffering their fourth straight loss.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. A series of quick passes in the attacking third ended with Ángel Mena sending a cross to the far post, where Pedro Aquino jumped highest to head it home. 0-1 for León.
Tigres UANL remained unbeaten on the road this season with a 0-1 victory against Toluca. The result is a second straight away win for the universitarios while the Diablos Rojos have now lost two in a row.
The hosts had the better of the early chances and they repeatedly tested Nahuel Guzmán in goal. Santiago García came close with a header that went just wide of the left-hand post, while Luis Mendoza forced a good save out of Guzmán with a header of his own.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Monarcas Morelia played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten, although it ends their perfect start to the season, while the michoacanos are now unbeaten in two.
There were few chances of note in the first half, with the game played largely in midfield. Morelia had one opportunity through Miguel Ángel Sansores, who received the ball at the edge of the six-yard box but couldn’t put it on target, while Necaxa had a pair of chances through Brian Fernández and Fernando González.
Martín Palermo got his tenure as Pachuca head coach off to a positive start as the Tuzos earned a 1-0 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result keeps Pachuca unbeaten at home this season, while the universitarios remain winless in the Clausura 2019.
With both teams badly in need of a victory, the game was hard-fought and initially played largely in the midfield. The first clear chance didn’t come until the 18th minute, when Franco Jara played in Ismael Sosa, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
In a wild game that finished 9 vs 9, Monterrey pulled out a 3-2 win against América to remain unbeaten this season. The result lifts the Rayados to first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – while the Águilas suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The game appeared to start off miserably for the Rayados, with Avilés Hurtado earning a straight red card in just the 5th minute of the match following a collision with Agustín Marchesín. Referee Fernando Guerrero initially waved the play off, but after consulting VAR, Hurtado was ejected.