Liga MX Pace-Setters Monterrey, Cruz Azul, and Pachuca Dominate Weekend Matches

Liga MX Pace-Setters Monterrey, Cruz Azul, and Pachuca Dominate Weekend Matches

The latest round of Liga MX matches saw some of the top teams in the league, including Monterrey, Cruz Azul, and Pachuca, secure victories and maintain their positions at the top of the table. These three teams are currently tied at 22 points, with Monterrey leading the pack with an impressive goal differential of +13.

Monterrey demonstrated their dominance on Sunday with a commanding 3-0 win over UNAM. Brandon Vázquez opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, setting the tone for his team. Sergio Canales, the leading goal scorer for Monterrey, found the back of the net in the 82nd minute. Gerardo Arteaga completed the rout in the 89th minute, scoring his first goal since returning to Liga MX this season.

Cruz Azul mirrored Monterrey’s performance on Saturday, securing a comfortable 3-0 victory over Guadalajara. Lorenzo Faravelli, who recently joined Cruz Azul from Ecuador’s Independiente, opened his Liga MX account with a goal in the 7th minute. Former Chivas winger Uriel Antuna, who faced constant jeers from the Guadalajara fans, scored a brace in the 27th and 33rd minutes, sealing the win for Cruz Azul.

In a hard-fought match on Saturday, Pachuca staged an impressive comeback to defeat winless FC Juárez 3-2. After trailing 1-0, Pachuca scored three goals in a span of nine minutes to secure the victory. Erick Sánchez, Nelson Deossa, and Salomón Rondón were the heroes for Pachuca, showcasing their team’s attacking prowess. Pachuca currently holds the distinction of being the highest-scoring team in Liga MX, with an impressive 24 goals in just 10 games.

Holders América also made a statement on Saturday, crushing 10-man Atlas 5-1. Despite conceding an early goal and facing a penalty shot, América turned the game around. Former Atlas star Julián Quiñones kick-started the comeback, while Henry Martín and Alex Zendejas contributed with a brace each.

Toluca continued their perfect home record with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tigres on Saturday. The game-winner came from the penalty spot, with Diablos Rojos goalkeeper Tiago Volpi converting the shot. Volpi has been exceptional in penalty situations, converting all 11 penalties he has faced for Toluca. The result propelled Toluca into fifth place, leapfrogging Tigres, who dropped to sixth. The Diablos Rojos now have 19 points, just one point behind Tigres.

Late on Sunday, Tijuana salvaged a home draw against León with a stoppage-time penalty. Despite the draw, Tijuana is still winless, putting manager Miguel Herrera’s job in jeopardy. On the other hand, León continues to struggle, dropping points in the dying minutes of matches. José Alvarado had a golden opportunity to secure a win for León in the 90+12 minute but failed to convert. Federico Viñas scored the opening goal for León just before the hour mark, showcasing his skill with his trusty left foot. The goal was Viñas’ fifth of the season, making him the leading goal scorer for León.

The tenth matchday of Liga MX kicked off on Friday with a series of streak-busting matches. Mazatlán FC handed Necaxa their first loss of the season, taking advantage of a first-half red card. Mazatlán dominated possession, controlling 75% of the game. After finishing last season at the bottom of the standings, Necaxa started the Clausura 2024 with a strong 3-6-0 record before suffering a 2-1 defeat to Mazatlán.

Atlético de San Luis ended their seven-game winless streak with a resounding 4-0 victory over bottom-placed Puebla on Friday. Santos Laguna also secured their second consecutive win, defeating Querétaro and halting their opponent’s four-game unbeaten run.