Cruz Azul left it late but Marco Fabian’s wonder goal ensured another win for La Maquina as they defeated Puebla 1-0 and maintained their undefeated start of the season. The control, turn and then the vision and execution of the lob were worthy of winning any match but the 19 points taken from a possible 21 is even more impressive as Cruz Azul begin to look formidable.
Toluca kept on the coat tails of Cruz Azul with a comfortable 3-0 win in Veracruz. Edgar Benítez latched on to a through ball with the assistance of a static Veracruz defence after just 5 minutes and slotted in the opener. Moments after the break, Isaac Brizuela doubled the advantage following further nice build up and with minutes remaining Pablo Velázquez pounced on a defensive mistake to fire in a third. Toluca have lost just once as they keep pace with Cruz Azul and pull away from the rest. Veracruz, on the other hand, are languishing near the foot of the table with the worst defence in the league.
Monterrey slumped to another defeat inside the Estadio Tecnológico to a resurgent Leon side, who look to be putting their less than certain start to the season behind them. The sending off of César Delgado made life difficult for Los Rayados and before the break Los Esmeraldas took full advantage. Elías Hernández carried the ball unchallenged before unleashing a venomous long range strike which flew past Jonathan Orozco and in off the post just a minute before the break. After the interval with Monterrey pushing forward, Leon hit them on the break to wrap up the points. A long ball over the top released Mauro Boselli and he expertly lifted the ball over Orozco. The bad start to the season caused frustration among the locals and there were some ugly scenes as fans clashed with the police but one message became clear: Victor Manuel Vucetich is wanted back at Monterrey.
Atlante kept their hopes of survival alive with a slender 1-0 win over Pachuca thanks to Roberto Carlos Gutierrez’s scrappy first half goal. Gutierrez was one-on-one with goalkeeper, Oscar Perez and although his initial effort was saved the ball bounced kindly back off him allowing him to slot in the only goal of the game. The win cuts the distance between themselves and Atlas at the bottom of the table but it will count for little should Atlas get something from their game with Pumas.
Finally, the match between Jaguares de Chiapas and Tigres offered almost nothing so the least said the better. Tigres are still looking for the first win and sit at the bottom of the table. Ricardo Ferretti’s side look woeful and completely devoid of any invention but perhaps the onus was on Chiapas to attack. Instead Los Jaguares looked timid and unwilling to commit anyone in attack.
Cruz Azul 1 – 0 Puebla
Veracruz 0 – 3 Toluca
Monterrey 0 – 2 Leon
Pachuca 0 – 1 Atlante
Chiapas 0 – 0 Tigres