The Xolos came out attacking as they looked for that elusive first win in front of their home fans. The pressure paid off in the 22nd minute, when Gustavo Bou made it 1-0 on the half-volley following some good combination play with Luis Chávez and Víctor Malcorra.
Monarcas Morelia vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) fell 2-1 to Querétaro last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. The michoacanos remain winless in the Apertura, with last weekend’s loss ending a run of draws. They’ll look to finally get that elusive first victory when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one, but they have one of the lowest-scoring attacks in the league and have managed just one goal in their two home games to date.
As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos beat Tigres UANL 2-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Pachuca also won in midweek, where they beat Querétaro 0-1 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in this one. The Tuzos have also had some trouble in front of goal this season, but they’ll look to take advantage of another struggling team in this one.
Celaya 0-1 Monterrey (Group 2)
Monterrey remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 0-1 away win against Celaya. The result leaves Celaya winless in this competition. The game started out evenly, with possession shared and few clear chances at either end. In the 36th minute, Ángel Reyna came close to opening the scoring for the hosts, but he was denied by the post.
The pace picked up a bit in the second half, and Monterrey began to look the better side, particularly once Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Carlos Sánchez were subbed on. In the 71st minute, the Rayados took the lead after Funes Mori finished off a rebound from close range to make it 0-1.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches seven points while Celaya still has one.
Puebla took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Tijuana on Friday night. The result leaves both teams still winless in the Apertura 2017, although the draw gives the Xolos their first point of the season.
The hosts will feel hard done by to end up with just a point after they had two critical offside decisions go against them; one, to deny them a goal, and the other, to gift Tijuana one. Puebla thought they had opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Carlos Salom, but the would-be goal was disallowed for a very tight offside call.
Puebla vs Tijuana – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (16th) fell 2-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Poblanos earned their lone point to date at home in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc and they’ll look to build on that to get their first victory when they return home for this one. They’ll be without the suspended Pablo Cáceres, though. In addition, they’ve scored just once in three games while allowing seven goals – and both of those stats will need to be improved upon if they want to get that first win. Puebla will take heart, however, that they’re facing another struggling team in this one.
As for Tijuana (18th), the Xolos fell 0-3 to Monterrey last weekend to remain winless, goalless, and pointless in league play this season. They couldn’t win in midweek, either, as they drew 1-1 with Atlante in the Copa MX. They did at least score in that game, though, and they’ll look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense to find their first league goal in this one. The Xolos need to earn something here if they want to avoid spending another week in last place in the table.
Zacatepec 2-1 Tigres UANL (Group 5)
Zacatepec remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 2-1 victory against Tigres UANL. The result leaves the universitarios winless in Group 5. The visitors started the game off well with chances from Enner Valencia and Luis Cruz, but they couldn’t capitalize on them. Instead, the hosts took the lead in the 17th minute, when Armando González beat Enrique Palos from close range to make it 1-0.
Zacatepec added to their lead 10 minutes later after a penalty call in their favor. Luis Márquez converted the spot kick to make it 2-0. Tigres looked to respond in the second half, and they were able to reduce the deficit in the 78th minute. Damián Álvarez got free on the left, cut inside, and sent his shot past Víctor Hugo Hernández to make it 2-1. That goal set up a frenetic finale as Tigres pushed for an equalizer, but in the end Zacatepec held on to the lead.
With the 2-1 win, Zacatepec reaches four points while Tigres still have one.
Despite being the visiting team, the Rayados started the game off stronger. Ex-Xolo Avilés Hurtado, Dorlan Pabón, and Rogelio Funes Mori all looked dangerous and created opportunities, but the final touch was lacking for Monterrey as chance after chance went begging.
Monarcas Morelia vs Santos Laguna – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (13th) drew 1-1 with Puebla last weekend to remain both winless and unbeaten this season. After two straight draws, the Monarquía will look for their first victory of the season when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one. Morelia will also look to find their scoring touch after managing just one goal in two games to start the season.
As for Santos Laguna (11th), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL to likewise remain both winless and unbeaten after a pair of draws to start the Apertura. They’ve been more prolific in front of goal, but they’ve also conceded more frequently. Nevertheless, Santos will look to shut out Morelia’s struggling attack in this one. They will be without coach José Manuel de la Torre, however, as he is suspended.
Celaya 1-1 Pumas UNAM (Group 2)
Celaya took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Pumas UNAM. The result keeps Celaya winless while the universitarios took a point in their Copa debut. There were chances at both ends in the first half, with Ángel Reyna and Joffre Guerrón looking dangerous for their respective teams, but it wasn’t until the second half that the hosts found the breakthrough.
In the 65th minute, Celaya mounted a quick counterattack, with Reyna finding Pablo Ruíz, whose shot was blocked. But the rebound fell to Diego de la Tejera, who made it 1-0 for the Toros. They dropped back to defend their lead, but Pumas found the equalizer in the 77th minute. From a corner kick, José García sent the ball back across for Luis Quintana, whose bicycle kick made it 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw, Celaya and Pumas both reach one point.
Necaxa beat Tijuana by the minimum difference in this game that finished 10 vs 10. The win is a second straight one for the Rayos, while the Xolos are still looking for their first victory of the Apertura 2017.
Necaxa took control of the game early while Tijuana struggled to develop a rhythm. The hosts had a few early chances and then they took the lead in the 20th minute. Jesús Isijara pounced on a rebound following a corner kick to make it 1-0.