32 Flags is pleased to announce that we will report on the Liga MX Apertura 2015, the highest division of Mexican soccer, on a weekly basis and bring you the highlights, recaps, and scores of the week.
- If you are a fan of goals then this was the week for you as a total of 30 goals were scored in just nine games. Three teams scored four or more goals in their games (América, Monterrey, Pumas) and one game saw a combined total of seven goals.
- Two teams absolutely destroyed their opponents and also recorded clean sheets this week. América decimated Dorados by a score of 4-0, and Atlas did not fare any better against Pumas losing 5-0.
- Defending champs Santos finally broke out of their hex and won their first game of the season, defeating Querétaro by a score of 2-1.
- On the other end of the spectrum, league leaders Monarcas finally succumbed to their first defeat of the season losing to relegation threatened Chivas, 2-0.
- Ariel Nahuelpan of Pachuca continues to tear it up in the Liga MX, adding two more goals to his tally to bring his total to five. He is the league leader in goals scored and Matías Britos of Pumas is not far behind also scoring two goals in the blowout of Atlas to bring his sum up to four goals.
Monterrey vs. Pachuca
This game was just absolutely bonkers. The game started off with a penalty that was blocked to prevent the first goal and it basically ended with a blocked penalty that was later converted on the rebound.
After Monterrey had their first PK blocked by Óscar “El Conejo” Perez, Pachuca went on the offensive thanks to their scoring machine, Ariel Nahuelpan, who scored two goals to give Pachuca the 2-nil lead by the 30th minute. However, Monterrey would get one back before the halftime whistle as Rogelio Funes Morí scored in the 42nd minute to cut their deficit by one.
The second half was filled with even more goals starting with Monterrey’s Dorlan Pabón getting the a rebound to level the game at two in the 52nd minute. Then, an unfortunate own goal by Pachuca’s Miguel Herrera (no relation to the former national team manager) as he tried to clear the ball out of the box gave los Rayados the 3-2 lead. Just six minutes later Rubén Botta evened up the score, due in part to some nice passing by his teammates, and the score was 3-3 with 20 minutes left.
Subsequently, a late penalty call in favor of Monterrey was called and los Rayados had the perfect chance to win the game in the last minute. Aldo De Nigris took his shot from the spot, but again it was “El Conejo” Perez to the rescue as he parried the shot away. However, he left a juicy rebound in front of his net that De Nigris capitalized on and put away to win the game for Monterrey in a last gasp effort.
Golazos of the Week:
Oribe Peralta – América.
Truly an amazing team effort to get this goal and beautiful first touches by las Águilas led to this Oribe Peralta goal.
— Club América (@CF_America) August 12, 2015
Djaniny – Santos.
A throw-in, leads to a header in the box, that Djaniny blasts home from a volley? Truly an amazing and class goal from Djaniny Tavares.
— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) August 12, 2015
Carlos “El Gulit” Peña– León.
As I’ve probably said before, I’m a sucker for goals from outside the box. But this goal from “El Gulit” Peña was truly spectacular as he had enough power on the shot that even as Enrique Palos got a hand on it the ball had enough still to go in. And that shot proved to be the game winner as well.
América – 4 (Luis Michel 45’+ (OG), Oribe Peralta 79’, Carlos Darwin Quintero 83’, Darío Benedetto 90’)
Dorados – 0
Santos – 2 (Djaniny 13’ & 74′)
Querétaro – 1 (Emmanuel Villa 26’)
Monterrey – 4 (Rogelio Funes Morí 42’, Dorlan Pabon 52’, Miguel Herrera 64’ (OG), Aldo De Nigris 90’)
Pachuca – 3 (Ariel Nahuelpan 17’ & 30’, Rubén Botta 70’)
Tijuana – 1 (Dayro Moreno 68’)
Veracruz – 3 (Julio Furch 58’, Rodrigo Noya 76’, Diego Chavez 88’)
Puebla – 1 (Christian “Hobbit” Bermúdez 31’)
Toluca – 0
León – 2 (Guillermo Burdisso 23’, Carlos “Gulit” Peña 30’ )
Tigres – 1 (Javier Aquino 51’)
Chivas – 2 (Omar Bravo 27’ & 29’)
Monarcas – 0
Chiapas – 2 (Silvio Romero 4’ & 60’ [p])
Cruz Azul – 1 (Richard Ruiz Toledo 31’)
Pumas – 5 (Matías Britos 1’ & 25’, Dario Verón 45’, Ismael Sosa 72’, Fidel Martínez 81’)
Atlas – 0