Saturday’s Liga MX fixtures brought 16 goals and 5 winners in a day of drama and excitement. Club América maintained their perfect start to the season, inflicting a first defeat to Tigres in Monterrey. Goals from Oribe Peralta and Miguel Layún gave Las Águilas a 2-0 win and keeps Turco Mohamed’s side top. Querétaro are behind them after a late 3-2 win over Santos in Torreón thanks to William da Silva’s 87th minute winner. Pachuca swept aside Chivas by three goals to nil as Los Rojiblancos woes in front of goal continued and they slipped further down the table. Chiapas came from two down, scoring three unanswered goals in the second half to complete an impressive comeback against León and Cruz Azul managed to scrape to a 1-0 win over Puebla in the Estadio Azul.
Cruz Azul 1 – 0 Puebla
Cruz Azul finally got their first home win of the season but it was another far from impressive performance. Although La Máquina dominated possession and created chances there is still a real lack of cutting edge to their attacks.
The only goal of the game coming when Puebla’s US international, Michael Orozco inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net after a low cross fizzed across the goal mouth.
The victory will be a relief to Cruz Azul but there is still a lot of work to do.
Tigres 0 – 2 Club América
Pre-match all the talk was of América striker, Raúl Jiménez’s impending transfer to Atlético Madrid, however it did not stop Antonio Mohamed naming the 23-year-old in his starting eleven.
Tigres were actually the more composed side at the start of the game but after 22 minutes, América’s other Mexican international striker, Oribe Peralta broke the deadlock. Cutting inside from the left, Peralta smashed the ball past Argentine, Nahuel Guzman from an acute angle.
Tigres looked to have forced an equaliser after the break only for the offside flag to correctly rule out Emanuel Villa’s strike and within minutes América had doubled their lead. A fast break led by Jiménez found a marauding, Miguel Layún at the back post and the wing back fired in the second.
América are looking strong but the departure of Raúl Jiménez will be a blow after he has started the season in the best form of his career. A decision on Atlético’s significant bid is expected in the next couple of days.
Santos 2 – 3 Querétaro
With a tighter defensive performance, Santos would have been celebrating an impressive home win over Los Gallos Blancos but instead a late William da Silva goal gave the visitors all three points.
Cape Verde striker, Djaniny fired Santos in front after 20 minutes but it was just 10 minutes before the first defensive error allowed Querétaro a route back into the game. Argentine defender, Carlos Izquierdoz got caught the wrong side of Camilo Sanvezzo and brought him down, allowing Sanvezzo to get up and fire in the resulting penalty.
Ten minutes later, just before half time, Los Gallos Blancos led when Emilio López was left free on the edge of the box and he was able to rifle the ball past Oswaldo Sanchez unchallenged.
Santos came back aggressively after the break and found an equaliser on the hour mark, Djaniny’s lay-off put substitute, Javier Orozco through and he slotted past Edgar Hernández.
The game looked to be heading for a draw but in the 87th minute, four Santos defenders failed to pick up William da Silva and when the ball was rolled across the penalty box, da Silva was able to bundle the ball past Sanchez to claim the victory.
Pachuca 3 – 0 Chivas
Another disappointing Chivas performance resulted in a routine victory for Pachuca.
Los Tuzos dominated the first half and eventually got their deserved goal when a cross from the left found Ariel Nahuelpán unmarked and the Argentine firmly headed the opener.
Chivas improved after the break but Pachuca’s defence was resolute and in the 66th minute, Nahuelpán claimed his second. The impressive, Walter Ayovi broke down the left and his inviting low cross left Nahuelpán with a simple finish.
Los Rojoblancos then had Alberto García sent off for a challenge on Ayovi and Pachuca took full advantage. Hirving Lozano added a third late in the game to end a thoroughly depressing day for the travelling Chivas fans.
Chiapas 3 – 2 León
León looked to have been continuing their recent run of form when they raced into a lead against Chiapas. Midfielder, Carlos Peña finished off a fine passing move after 24 minutes and when the returning, Mauro Boselli headed a second after 38 minutes it looked as though La Fiera were en-route to another victory.
However, Los Jaguares came back strongly after the break with Bruno Pires nodding in a close range header and then after an hour Emiliano Armenteros smashing the home side level.
Minutes later, León were reduced to 10-men and the numerical advantage allowed Chiapas to find a winner. Franco Arizala rose above the defence to send a powerful header past the despairing William Yarbrough.