Saturday’s five Liga MX fixtures were either feast or famine with the three winners scoring four apiece and the remaining two matches ending goalless. Club América maintained their 100% start to the season with a dominant 4-0 win over Puebla thanks to a Raúl Jiménez hat-trick and current Champions, León finally got their campaign up and running with a victory by the same scoreline over Morelia. Atlas then came from behind in the Estadio Jalisco to defeat Chiapas 4-2 and remain undefeated leaving them just two points off América at the top. Saturday’s remaining fixtures saw Cruz Azul drop further points at home as they were held to a goalless draw with Veracruz and then Santos’ trip to Monterrey ended the same way. Both teams remain unbeaten after the draw and the search for victory in Monterrey for Santos now stretches to 17 games.
Cruz Azul 0 – 0 Veracruz
This has not been the start to the season that Cruz Azul had hoped for. For the second time this season they squandered points in the Estadio Azul as Veracruz managed to frustrate La Máquina and hold on for a 0-0 draw in what was a fairly underwhelming performance.
Cruz Azul named México international, Marco Fabián in the starting eleven, despite rumours of an imminent move to Stuttgart, and he was at the centre of any creativity for the homeside.
However, Veracruz doggedly defended and the match ended goalless.
Puebla 0 – 4 Club América
A four-goal away win, a hat-trick from their number 9 and a first league goal for their big summer signing, it was a good for Antonio Mohamed and América in the Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Raúl Jiménez gave Las Águilas the lead after 16 minutes when he headed home Michael Arroyo’s left wing cross at the back post and although Puebla pushed for an equaliser and were the better side for the remainder of the first half they were unable to find a crucial goal.
América got the all-important second on the hour mark when Jiménez cooly slotted in from the penalty spot and 15 minutes later the game was over as two excellent counter-attacks allowed Oribe Peralta and then Jiménez to score similar goals. Peralta will be relieved to get a goal and for Jiménez the hat-trick might be his last piece of action in the colours of América. Porto are still waiting to complete a deal for the 23-year old striker and his absence would be a huge loss for Mohamed and his side.
Defender, Paolo Goltz provided the only negative when he picked up his second yellow card in the 90th minute and will miss the match with Tigres next week.
Monterrey 0 – 0 Santos Laguna
Santos never enjoy travelling to Monterrey so perhaps a 0-0 draw and maintaining their unbeaten start is not too bad. Both sides will be fairly satisfied with how they have started the season even though this game did not deliver what either side are capable of.
Los Rayados were the more threatening side but a quiet day for Humberto Suazo meant Monterrey could not find a breakthrough and at the other end, the in-form, Andrés Rentería also had a subdued day.
The two sides do not have to wait too long to meet again as the Copa MX sees them do battle once more next month.
León 4 – 0 Morelia
Despite missing Mauro Boselli, León finally clicked into gear and registered their first points of the season in a clinical second half display.
The match had been fairly even up until Yamilson Rivera smashed León in front 10 minutes after the break. Some nice interplay on the edge of the Morelia box found Rivera in a pocket of space and after a slight feint he hammered the ball past Carlos Rodriguez and into the top corner.
In the 73rd minute the lead was doubled when Elias Hernandez found Carlos ‘Gullit’ Peña with a superb scooped ball over the top, and the midfielder applied the volleyed finish. With the celebrations of the second goal barely finished, La Fiera made it three. Miguel Sabah led a quick counter down the right and his cross was met by José Cárdenas at the back post.
With the points already in the bad, Miguel Sabah added a fourth in the 82nd minute to complete an excellent second half display from the Champions. This will hopefully be the catalyst for León to mount yet another title challenge.
Atlas 4 – 2 Chiapas
The game of the day was saved for the Estadio Jalisco where Atlas continued their fine start to the season with an excellent 4-2 win over Chiapas.
Los Jaguares led after 8 minutes when ex-Atlas striker, Vicente Matias Vuoso tapped in following a quick break to score against his former club.
The lead lasted just 10 minutes as Arturo González curled a wonderful freekick over the ball and in off the underside of the bar to pull Atlas level.
Chiapas refused to lie down though and after half an hour they were back in front. Argentine, Emiliano Armenteros fired Los Jaguares back in front after a tidy layoff by Franco Arizala.
Once again Los Rojinegros bounced back in style. Two minutes before half time, a superb passing move freed midfielder,Rodrigo Millar and he kept his cool to lift the ball over the onrushing Cesar Lozano.
Atlas led for the first time shortly after the break when Luis Caballero turned in Maikon Leite’s low cross from the right and five minutes later the lead was doubled. This time a cross from the left found Enrique Esqueda unmarked and he lept high enough to steer a header beyond the reaches of Lozano.
It is the first defeat for Chiapas in what has been a promising start to the season but Atlas go from strength to strength and might be starting to dream big.