Liga MX’s five matches on Saturday brought only one winner, as we were inundated with rain and draws. Cruz Azul‘s poor form continued in the opening game as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to in-form Toluca. Miguel Ponce gave Toluca the lead and a howler from José Corona allowed Paulo da Silva to double the advantage. Although Pablo Barrera pulled one back with a wonderful long range strike, La Máquina limped to another loss.
Common sense eventually prevailed in Monterrey and their match against Chivas was abandoned amid torrential rain which had rendered the pitch unplayable. Quite why it took so long and an injury to Monterrey’s Hiram Mier for the officials to see sense is another matter.
América‘s troubles in front of goal, since the sale of Raúl Jiménez, continued in Guadalajara as for a third straight game, Turco Mohamed’s side drew a blank. Leones Negros are never the most free-scoring of sides and so the match ended goalless. A decent point for the hosts but a cause for concern for Las Águilas.
Daniel Guzman began life as Tijuana boss with a decent point on the road, away to Pachuca. Hirving Lozano headed Los Tuzos into an early lead but Los Xolos were level soon after through Alfredo Moreno. Pachuca missed a golden opportunity to snatch all three points but Dario Carreño struck an 88th minute penalty against the crossbar. Tijuana are never particularly good away from the Estadio Caliente so this should be considered a point gained.
Morelia‘s search for a first win of the season continues following their 1-1 draw against Chiapas. Los Jaguares led after just 2 minutes through Franco Arizala but new Morelia boss will be pleased by the resolve shown by his beleaguered side, as David Depetris snatched an equaliser just after half time.
Cruz Azul 1 – 2 Toluca
Monterrey 0 – 0 Chivas (abandoned due to rain)
Leones Negros 0 – 0 Club América
Pachuca 1 – 1 Tijuana
Chiapas 1 – 1 Morelia