Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Pumas 2, Leon 0

In the battle of the lions-sort of-tonight, Pumas hosted Leon in their Week 10 make-up game, and in a surprising result, Pumas gave new head coach David Patino his first win in his second game, by a 2-0 margin that snaps Leon’s 5-game winning streak. Abraham Gonzalez scored the first Pumas goal in the 32nd minute and Alan Acosta added the insurance goal in the 84th minute. While it may be too late to save Pumas’ season in terms of making the playoffs, it at least gets them out of last place for now and also ends their 8-game winless skid on tops of those 3 very important standings points. Good timing because another skid might be on the way this weekend as their next visitor is Monterrey.

Game Stats:
Goals-Abraham Gonzalez (Pumas, 32′, 2nd of tournament), Alan Acosta (Pumas, 84′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Pumas 4, Leon 2
Amarillas-Pumas 2 (Gonzalez, 62′, Josecarlos Van Rankin, 85′), Leon 1 (Alexander Mejia, 21′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 10,100 (20.9% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-Monterrey (10/22)
Leon-at Morelia (10/20)

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Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Tigres 1, Veracruz 0

Tigres hosted Veracruz in their Week 10 make-up game tonight as the champs looked to improve their playoff position in their quest for the Apertura & league champion three-peat. Although the score says otherwise, Tigres cruised to an easy 1-0 victory. The only goal came from Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 2nd minute, only his 3rd goal so far this year.

Game Stats:
Goals-Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 2′, 3rd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 4
Corner Kicks-Tigres 2, Veracruz 1
Amarillas-Tigres 2 (Rafael de Souza, 50′, Ismael Sosa, 86′), Veracruz 2 (Leandro Velazquez, 47′, Jesus Paganoni, 76′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Tigres-Toluca (10/21)
Veracruz-Guadalajara (10/22)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Cruz Azul 2, Queretaro 1

Looking to get back in track after a recent skid and a tough loss to America last weekend, Cruz Azul headed to Queretaro looking to also shore up their playoff positioning. The end result was a very exciting game that saw Cruz Azul pull out a 2-1 win. The visitors got in an early hole, needing only a couple minutes to allow the Gallos Blancos a PENAL! Camilo Da Silva converted for a quick 1-0 Queretaro lead, but almost right after that Queretaro gave it back as a PENAL! But Christian Gimenez was unable to score for Cruz Azul, but it didn’t matter because just 6 minutes later…PENAL! PENAL! PENAL! Cruz Azul got a second chance, and Martin Cauteruccio converted this time to make it 1-1. It looked like the game was headed to a tie but in the 85th minute Queretaro gave Cruz Azul yet another PENAL! Again Cauteruccio took the shot and again he converted to help the visitors win the battle of the PENAL!  I don’t know how often, if ever, all the goals in a game that wasn’t 1-0 were scored by penalty kick.

Game Stats:
Goals-Camilo Da Silva (Queretaro, 3′, 6th of tournament, Penalty Kick), Martin Cauteruccio 2 (Cruz Azul, 12′, 85′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kicks)
Shots on Goal-Queretaro 3, Cruz Azul 1
Corner Kicks-Queretaro 2
Amarillas-Queretaro 4 (Jaime Gomez, 29′, Edgar Lugo, 30′, Everaldo Stum, 80′, Tiago Volpi, 84′), Cruz Azul 3 (Rafael Baca, 21′, Julian Velazquez, 47′, Gabriel Penalba, 68′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro
Attendance: 21,952 (66.1% capacity)

Next up:
Queretaro-Santos (10/21)
Cruz Azul-at Lobos (10/21)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Tijuana 2, Lobos 1

The make-up of Week 10 began tonight with Tijuana visiting Lobos in the first of 5 games tonight. It also was the longest thanks to a power outage in the 7th minute that forced an extended delay in play. Before the stoppage, Gustavo Bou snapped his scoring slump with Tijuana’s first goal in the 2nd minute. When play resumed under partial power after the delay, Miler Bolanos scored a 38th-minute goal to make Tijuana’s lead 2-0. Amaury Escoto headed in a goal in the 43rd minute, but once again the deficit was too much for Lobos to overcome.

Game Stats:
Goals-Gustavo Bou (Tijuana, 2′, 6th of tournament), Miler Bolanos (Tijuana, 38′, 2nd of tournament), Amaury Escoto (Lobos, 43′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Lobos 2
Corner Kicks-Lobos 6, Tijuana 3
Amarillas-Victor Aguilera, 33′, Manuel Lajud, 43′), Lobos 1 (Juan Medina, 34′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Universitario BUAP, Puebla
Attendance: 4651 (24.1% capacity)

Next up:
Lobos-Cruz Azul (10/21)
Tijuana-at Atlas (10/20)

Disciplinary Report: Women’s Apertura 2017 Week 12

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from Women’s Apertura 2017 Week 12. There were no ejections or suspensions.

The full list, all Amarillas were for unsportsmanlike conduct:
America
Nil

Atlas
Nil

Tijuana
Nil

Cruz Azul
Amarillas-Daniela Davila

Queretaro
Nil

Guadalajara
Nil

Leon
Amarillas-Blanca Diaz, Sanjuana Munoz

Morelia
Nil

Necaxa
Nil

Pachuca
Amarillas-Joselyn De La Rosa

Monterrey
Nil

Santos
Amarillas-Brenda Guevara

Veracruz
Nil

Tigres
Amarillas-Liliana Mercado

Toluca
Amarillas-Daniela Gomez

Pumas
Nil

Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Week 13

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from Apertura 2017 Week 13. There were 6 ejections and 8 total suspensions-most were for 1 game but Pachuca’s Franco Jara is out 2 games for violent behavior. To my slight surprise, Guadalajara’s Rodolfo Pizarro only got 1 game for his violent behavior. Tigres’ Jorge Torres gets 1 game for serious rough play, while 3 players got 2 Amarillas and 1 game each. Additionally, Tijuana’s Damian Musto & Cruz Azul’s Edgar Mendez each joined the 5 Amarillas club, so they both will sit 1 game. The latter could really hurt Cruz Azul as they lose their top scorer as a result.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
America
Amarillas-Pablo Aguilar

Atlas
Amarillas-Javier Salas, Gustavo Alustiza, Luis Reyes (delay of game), Brayan Garnica

Tijuana
Amarillas-Juan Nunez, Gustavo Bou, Alejandro Donatti (dissent by word or action), Damian Perez (dissent by word or action), Miler Bolanos
Rojas-Damian Musto (5 Amarillas in same tournament), 1 Game Suspension

Cruz Azul
Amarillas-Omar Mendoza, Adrian Aldrete
Rojas-Adrian Aldrete (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension, Edgar Mendez (5 Amarillas in same tournament), 1 Game Suspension

Queretaro
Amarillas-Tiago Volpi, Alexis Perez

Guadalajara
Amarillas-Rodolfo Cota (dissent by word or action), Jose Vazquez
Rojas-Rodolfo Pizarro (guilty of violent conduct), 1 Game Suspension

Leon
Amarillas-Fernando Navarro

Lobos
Amarillas-Cesar Cercado, Rodrigo Godinez
Rojas-Cesar Cercado (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Morelia
Amarillas-Gabriel Achiller, Diego Valdes (delay of game)

Necaxa
Amarillas-Igor Osorio (dissent by word or action)

Pachuca
Amarillas-Robert Herrera, Jorge Hernandez
Rojas-Franco Jara (guilty of violent behavior), 2 Game Suspension

Puebla
Amarillas-Christian Marrugo, Jeronimo Amione (dissent by word or action), Lucas Cavallini

Monterrey
Amarillas-Cesar Montes

Santos
Amarillas-Osvaldo Martinez

Veracruz
Amarillas-Diego Collins, Cristian Pellerano (dissent by word or action), Daniel Villalva, Leonardo Velazquez
Rojas-Diego Collins (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Tigres
Amarillas-Javier Aquino
Rojas-Jorge Torres (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension

Toluca
Amarillas-Rodrigo Salinas

Pumas
Amarillas-Gerardo Alcoba

Apertura 2017 Week 13 Results: Atlas 1, Santos 0

The final game of Week 13 had Atlas visiting Santos, both teams looking to stay in the playoff picture. And in a result that will keep Monterrey out of the playoff picture until next weekend, Atlas kept their chances alive with a 1-0 win. Brayan Garnica scored the only goal in the 51st minute. The result gets Atlas back to 2 points out of 8th while Santos is 9 points out but has a game in hand by virtue of its suspended game against Monterrey. Atlas has an extra one too because of an earlier postponed game against Tigres. On the Santos side, based on him picking up one of the Amarillas today, the next one Osvaldo Martinez picks up, if upheld, will be his 5th of the tournament and means an automatic 1 game suspension.

Game Stats:
Goals-Brayan Garnica (Atlas, 51′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 5, Atlas 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 7
Amarillas-Atlas 4 (Javier Salas, 41′, Gustavo Alustiza, 60′, Luis Reyes, 73′, Garnica, 90+4′), Santos 1 (Osvaldo Martinez, 68′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 18,281 (62.5% capacity)

Next up:
Santos-Necaxa (10/18)
Atlas-Morelia (10/17)