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Ascenso MX 2018 Apertura Recap: Jornada 6

A recap of all the exciting action of Jornada 6 in the Ascenso MX

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Jornada 6 in Mexico’s second division of professional fútbol was full of exciting action. Here’s everything you need to know about how all 15 teams fared in the división de plata!

Mineros de Zacatecas 2 - 1 Cimarrones de Sonora

Like any good journalist would, I took it upon myself to talk about los Cimarrones de Sonora as one of the surprise standout teams in the Ascenso MX this season. Through their first few games the squad from Hermosillo were sitting atop the table looking unbeatable. While their fourtune hasn’t changed too drastically, los Cimarrones suffered their first loss of the season this week and have now failed to secure all three points in two consecutive matches. The formerly unbeatable Cimarrones now look significantly more average. The match against Mineros on the road proved just that. After just nine minutes of action, Mineros had taken the lead in the match. Seven minutes after the restart, los Cimarrones equalized thanks to some horrendous defending from the hosts. The rest of the second half featured very lackluster play from everyone involved. Errant passes, injuries, hard fouls, and cards led to eight minutes of stoppage time being added. It was in the final minute of that stoppage time that the hosts secured the victory with a last gasp goal.

Venados FC 1 - 3 FC Juárez

Venados played hosts to the red hot FC Juárez in the second match of jornada 6 in the división de plata. After just 11 minutes the hosts found themselves behind following a goal from Eddy Brambilla. Los Venados looked completely out of their element early in the match and Brambilla’s goal made them pay. Things went from bad to worse as Gabriel Hachen flew through the air to head home a pinpoint accurate cross from the left side of the box to double the visitor’s advantage in the 30th minute. After falling behind by two goals, los Venados became much more aggressive trying to get back into the match. This aggression paid off in the 35th minute as a FC Juárez defender was called for a foul about 15 yards out of the box. Leandro Navarro stepped up to take the free kick and fired a cannon into the top corner. The shot left Enrique Palos with absolutely no chance to make a save. All the former Tigres UANL keeper could do was pick the ball out of his net. Unfortunately for the hosts, this goal wasn't enough to ignite a comeback. For much of the second half they were the inferior team and ended up allowing a 3rd goal for FC Juárez in the 75th minute.

Celaya 1 - 1 Club Atlético Zacatepec

Celaya came into jornada 6 on the backs of an embarrassing defeat at home to Atlético de San Luis that was marred by post-match fan violence outside of the stadium. Against CA Zacatepec, los Torros looked much better all across the pitch. In the 71st minute this improvement was rewarded with a much needed goal from Roberto Ramírez. The goal looked like it was going to be enough to give the hosts their first match of the season, but Jacob Akrong and CA Zacetepec had other ideas. A 90th minute goal from the visitors was enough to spoil Celaya’s second consecutive home match of the season. Celaya, the formerly promotion eligible side who lost its certification this offseason, is going through one of its worst patches of play in recent memory. Something is going to have to change quickly or heads are going to roll.

Alebrijes Oaxaca 1 - 1 Cafetaleros de Tapachula

Alebrijes hosted Cafetaleros de Tapachula in one of Jornada 6’s most exciting matches. From the moment the match began, there was non-stop offensive action from both squads. In the 20th minute, Tapachula missed a golden opportunity to score a brilliant team goal as an attacker slipped at the inopportune moment saving the Alebrijes defense. The hosts had a few great chances of their own, but the Cafetaleros keeper was up to the test and kept the scoresheet level through the first 45 minutes. In the 67th minute, following a series of long buildup play, Cafetaleros were given a gift from the fútbol gods. A pass at the top of the box deflected kindly off of a defender into the path of Diego Diellos who calmly slotted home past the keeper to give the visitors the lead. In the 79th minute the hosts finally broke through onto the scoresheet. Jeronimo Amione got on the end of a cross from the right side and calmly headed home to bring the hosts level in the match. The hosts nearly got a late winner off of a dangerous free kick just outside the area, but the Tapachula keeper made a miraculous fingertip save to ensure that the match ended 1-1.

Dorados de Sinaloa 0 - 0 Correcaminos FC

It’s safe to say that Dorados are having one of their worst season’s since returning to the división de plata in 2016. Over their last 4 matches across all competitions the promotion eligible squad from Sinaloa is winless. Absolutely nothing has gone right since the from office decided to sell team captain Gabriel Hachen to FC Juárez during the Mexican fútbol draft this offseason. The match against Correcaminos at home was no different. Offensively, neither team looked particularly able to score. In the end, the match ended up being a fairly dull affair and just about summed up the poor form of Dorados this season.

Leones Negros U de G 2 - 3 Atlante

Atlante came into the 2018 Ascenso MX Apertura tournament under a quite a bit of scrutiny from fans and the league alike. Just prior to the start of the season, it was announced that los Potros de hierro had lost their certification to be promoted to the top flight of Mexican fútbol. Surprisingly, this news hasn’t caused any sort of massive drop in form for Atlante. Instead, los Potros have played like a team liberated by a lack of expectations and are playing out of their minds at the moment. In this weekend’s match against the mightily struggling Leones Negros, it took just nine minutes for Atlante to take the lead. The hosts gave away a penalty thanks to a hand ball in the box. In a demonstration of their utter confidence, Atlante’s keeper was the one who stepped up to the spot and put the visitors into the lead early.

There weren’t very many clear chances through the vast majority of the first half following the penalty tucked away by Atlante’s keeper. However, that all changed in the 45th minute as Fernando Fernández delivered another example of the insane confidence that los Portros de hierro are playing with. A sweetly struck ball from midfield managed to just beat a leaping keeper to give the visitors a 2-0 lead just before the half.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to respond in the second half. In fact, straight from the kickoff los Leones Negros were able to easily cut through the Atlante defense to score their first goal of the match and make things just a bit more interesting.

It took another 20 minutes before either team had a clear opportunity to score a goal. However, when the chance arose, Atlante didn’t fail to put the ball in the back of the net. A beautiful team built goal that easily sliced through the Leones Negros defense restored the visitor’s lead.

Los Leones Negros were able to respond almost immediately with a goal of their own off of a corner just three minutes after Atlante restored their two goal advantage in the match. Unfortunately for the hosts, this would be the last goal of the match and they would once again fall agonizingly short of a much needed positive result.

Tampico Madero 0 - 0 Potros UAEM

The final match of the weekend between the Jaiba Brava de Tampico Madero and Potros UAEM didn't quite live up to the excitement of the rest of the jornada. Neither team really looked comfortable going forward and as a result every offensive possession was a struggle. To their credit, both defenses were very compact and made it difficult for either side to create anything positive offensively. In the end, the match finished as a goalless draw. This is the second consecutive match that la Jaiba Brava have been held scoreless by their opposition; both times the final score of the match was 0-0.