Zacatepec 3-1 Murciélagos (Group 6)
Murciélagos took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Zacatepec came back for a 3-1 win in the opening match of the Clausura 2018 Copa MX. The visitors surprised Zacatepec by taking the lead in just the 8th minute when Rodolfo Galindo assisted Julián Cardozo to make it 0-1. Murciélagos had a golden opportunity to make it 0-2 just minutes later when they received a penalty after Francis Afriyie was fouled in the box. However, Luis Cárdenas saved the spot kick.
The PK save was a turning point as Zacatepec then gained the momentum. In the 15th minute, they tied it up through Juan Neira’s diving header. Despite having the majority of possession after that, it wasn’t until the second half that they took the lead. In the 66th minute, Armando González made it 2-1 for the hosts; then, in the 76th, Sefano Rodríguez added an insurance goal with his shot from distance to make it 3-1.
With the 3-1 win, Zacatepec reaches three points while Murciélagos still have zero.
The Apertura 2017 Copa MX Round of Sixteen wrapped up this Wednesday with the remaining four games. Three of them were decided in regulation, while one went to penalties, as Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Monterrey, and Chivas de Guadalajara advanced to the quarterfinals.
Santos Laguna 2-0 Necaxa
Two late goals gave Santos Laguna a 2-0 victory against Necaxa. The first half was dominated by Santos, but they couldn’t make their chances count (although Carlos Izquierdoz came as close as hitting the crossbar).
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.
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.
Monterrey 3-0 Celaya (Group 2)
Monterrey earned a comfortable 3-0 win against Celaya in this Group 2 opener. The Rayados looked the better side from the beginning and they dominated possession. The visitors sat back and defended, and it took Monterrey more than half an hour to begin to seriously threaten Celaya’s goal. Rogelio Funes Mori had a would-be goal disallowed for offside and was later denied by the keeper as the first half finished goalless.
In the 51st minute, the Rayados opened the scoring, with Alfonso González’s left-footed shot making it 1-0. The chances began to come more regularly after that, but it wasn’t until the 77th minute that Funes Mori was able to make it 2-0. Carlos Sánchez wrapped up the scoring with his golazo after an assist from Neri Cardozo.
With the 3-0 win, Monterrey reaches three points while Celaya still has zero.
Atlas 2-1 Puebla (Group 4)
Atlas kept their hopes of advancing alive with a 2-1 win over Puebla in this Group 4 game. The Poblanos are still top of the group but are now vulnerable to losing that spot. The Rojinegros went into this game winless in Copa MX play, but they took the lead in the 18th minute. Édgar Zaldívar won the ball and played in Jahir Barraza, whose diagonal shot made it 1-0.
The hosts added to their lead in the second half, when Rodolfo Salinas finished off a corner kick to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Atlas looked in complete control, but Puebla made the final few minutes interesting after they reduced the deficit in the 85th minute, with the unfortunate Federico González scoring an own-goal to put the visitors on the board. However, Atlas was able to hold on to the lead and secure their first win of the competition.
With the 2-1 win, Atlas reaches four points while Puebla still has seven.
Toluca 1-1 Veracruz (Group 8)
Veracruz took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Toluca scored late on to make it 1-1. The result keeps the Diablos Rojos unbeaten in the Copa MX and leaves the Tiburones Rojos winless. The hosts looked better in the early going, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring. In the 26th minute, Daniel Villalva got free and found Felipe Flores; the Chilean beat the goalkeeper to give Veracruz the 0-1 lead. Then, just before halftime, they had the opportunity to make it two after a 44th-minute foul gave them a penalty kick. However, Adrián Luna’s PK was stopped by Luis García to keep it 0-1.
In the second half, Toluca controlled the ball as they looked for a tying goal, but their final touch was lacking. Finally, in the 88th minute, Óscar Rojas sent in a low cross and debutant Andy García knocked it in to make it 1-1. Carlos Reinoso was then ejected from the sidelines in stoppage time to cap off a frustrating night for Veracruz.
With the 1-1 draw, Toluca reaches seven points while Veracruz still has two.
Atlas 1-1 Mineros de Zacatecas (Group 4)
Atlas is still winless in the Copa MX after tonight’s 1-1 draw with Mineros de Zacatecas in Group 4 play. However, the result did give them their first point of the competition and considering how the game started, they will be happy to take it. In the fifth minute, Mauro Laínes saw his shot hit the post, but it then rebounded against defender Cristian Calderón and in, giving Mineros the lead with an own-goal.
Atlas reacted well to that bit of misfortune, and they pressed forward in search of an equalizer. They found it in the 33rd minute, when Christian Tabó finished off a through ball to make it 1-1. In the second half, both teams looked for a winning goal, but Miguel Fraga and Carlos Velázquez were in good form in goal to prevent either side from scoring a second.
With the 1-1 draw, Atlas reaches one point while Mineros reach two.
Zacatepec 1-3 León (Group 9)
León easily dispatched Zacatepec 1-3 in this Group 9 match to remain perfect in the Copa MX to date. The visitors opened the scoring in the 12th minute, when Darío Burbano finished off the rebound after Carlos Peña’s header hit the crossbar. León continued to press forward after the opening goal, while Zacatepec looked for an equalizer. They came close through a free kick and then a corner kick, which was cleared off the line by Harold Isaza.
Moments into the second half, the hosts leveled the match through Emiliano Bonfigli, who made it 1-1 in the 46th minute. However, León soon retook the lead, with Carlos Guzmán finishing off a good team play to make it 1-2 in the 65th minute. Diego Novaretti then put the game out of reach in the 86th minute when his volley made it 1-3.
With the 1-3 win, León reaches six points while Zacatepec remains on zero.