Monarcas Morelia claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win over Necaxa as they claimed a vital three points in their bid to stave off relegation.
After a scoreless first half, Necaxa, who before tonight were unbeaten in their astounding last nine league games, looked headed for another straightforward night when they took the lead through an Emanuel Loeschbor own goal.
Monarcas Morelia, last in the relegation table, could not really afford to lose this match, and after a series of missed efforts, Peruvian international Raul Ruidiaz headed home from an Enrique Perez headed pass following a corner to level things at 1-1.
The moment seemed to signify a major change in momentum, and the hosts took advantage by scoring the winner three minutes later. Another corner from Carlos Adrian Morales finished with Enrique Perez heading the ball into the back of the net to give Monarcas Morelia an important three points at home.
Next, Morelia will pay a tough visit to Mexico City to take on Pumas UNAM, while Necaxa will look to bounce back in their search for a place in the Liguilla when they host Puebla at the Estadio Victoria.
Necaxa continued their impressive league run of nine straight games unbeaten with a 3-2 win over Veracruz on Saturday.
The Rayos were on top from the start and took the lead in the seventh minute when Edson Puch took advantage of a Veracruz howler to head home the breakthrough.
Fabien Espindola then doubled the lead after finding the net from a superb Manuel Iturra through-ball to put things at 2-0 just before the half-hour mark.
Veracruz only sparked into life in the second half when Leobardo Lopez claimed a rebound inside the box to fire behind Marcelo Barovero.
Moments later, Daniel “Keko” Villalva quiet down a nervous Estadio Victoria, equalizing with a left-footed strike following a corner.
But with only five minutes to go in the game, Claudio Riano pounced from a Jesus Isijara pass to give the Liga MX newcomers an emphatic win at home.
Next, Necaxa will look to keep their unlikely run going when they travel Michoacan to take on a struggling Monarcas Morelia. Meanwhile, Veracruz will look bounce back at home against Pumas UNAM.
Two second half goals saw Necaxa earn a shock 2-0 win over Tigres at the Estadio Universitario on Saturday.
After Tigres was in control for large spells, Necaxa scored against the run of play in the second period as Edson Puch laid on a goal after a Nahuel Guzman error.
As expected, Tigres bossed the following exchanges, but could not get behind a solid Necaxa defense.
A Brayan Beckeles throw-in 83 minutes in presented Fabian Espindola with a chance inside the box, which he took in superb fashion. The former D.C. United man sent a left footed strike past Guzman to put the game beyond doubt and hand Necaxa a huge three points away from home.
The win leaves Necaxa unbeaten in their last eight league games and keeps them in a playoff position in the league table.
Next, Necaxa will host the Veracruz at the Estadio Victoria, while Tigres will look to bounce back against Pumas UNAM.
Necaxa kept up their impressive run of form by beating Toluca 3-1 at the Estadio Victoria to remain unbeaten in their last seven league games.
The Rayos got an early reward when Fabian Espindola gathered a headed pass from Edson Puch to fire Necaxa into the lead.
Necaxa made their intent on getting another, and Jesus Isijara headed home a second in the 25th minute.
Toluca, however, were not completely out of the game, and 18-year-old Ernesto Alexis Vega pulled the Diablos Rojos within one with a first-time shot from Gerardo Flores.
Necaxa’s reply was immediate, and Edson Puch regained Necaxa’s two-goal lead with a brilliant solo-goal.
Toluca looked for a second goal early in the second half, but their night went from bad to worse when Antonio Rios received his marching orders for a harsh tackle on Edson Puch.
At the end, the Diablos Rojos failed to find a response as Necaxa earned their fourth win of the season to temporarily move into a liguilla position.
Both teams will next resume play after the international break, with Necaxa taking on Tigres, while Toluca will look to bounce back against Pumas UNAM.
Chiapas came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna on Saturday.
Necaxa were on course to an easy away win, but Alfonso Sosa’s side, like so often this season, were guilty of squandering their lead as Chiapas fought back to earn a hard-earned point.
In the 11th minute, Jesus Isijara provided the cross for Edson Puch, who fired in a volley at the far-post to give Necaxa the lead.
Roles were reversed in the 33rd minute, and Isijara fired in a Puch cross to put things at 2-0 heading into the break.
But Necaxa’s inability to keep their advantage showed, and they were punished moments later when Javier Orozco picked out the bottom left corner from a Luis “Quick” Mendoza cross.
In the second half, Chiapas piled on the pressure. As the frustration of Necaxa grew, Chiapas rallied and picked up their reward with just five minutes to go in the game. Quick Mendoza was key to the goal again and set up Jonathan Fabbro, who headed home to rescue a point for the hosts.
Chiapas next will visit Pumas UNAM at Ciudad Universitaria, while Necaxa will host Toluca.