Upsets were abundant in the Liga MX’s Week 8 as many teams near the top of the table stumbled against up-and-coming teams. The top five standings were shaken up thanks to the events of this week and we will examine how the table looks like now.
First off, Pumas were the only team in the top three that were victorious this week beating Veracruz by a score of 3-0. This game was not even close as UNAM finished off los Tiburones by the 35th minute of the game thanks in part to an early goal by Eduardo Herrera, a golazo by Matías Britos, and a PK goal by Eduardo Herrera again. Veracruz, coming into the game, was in fourth place nipping at the heels of América, but after this defeat they sit in seventh place.
León was the worst performer of the week losing to rising contender Chiapas by a lopsided score of 6-2. León, the league leader after Week 7, was in top form winning four straight in Liga MX play going into la selva chiapaneca. After only 12 minutes, León was down by 3-0 after multiple defensive breakdowns that saw Silvio Romero score two easy goals.
Los Panzas Verdes looked like they were making a comeback when candidate for leading goalscorer, Mauro Boselli, scored the first for León. However, Chiapas, and Silvio Romero, weren’t done as it only took two minutes for Romero to score his hat-trick and put Chiapas up by 4-1. Two more goals by the 59th minute for Chiapas basically ended the game and León scored one more in the 75th minute, but the damage had been done and Chiapas now sit in the last playoff position after this emphatic win. León, meanwhile, now sit in second place behind Pumas.
América had the chance to take first place this week with León’s defeat, but fell to resurgent Tigres UANL by a score of 1-0. The game’s only goal came by a penalty kick scored by French import André-Pierre Gignac after a questionable penalty call on Javier Güemez was called in the 27th minute.
The game saw no more goals after that, but there was plenty of action still as three players (one for Tigres and two for América) received red cards for hard fouls. With a man down, equalizing proved difficult for América and eventually could not manage to keep up with Tigres. With this result, América keeps their third position while Tigres jumps to the seventh position, barely qualifying for the playoffs.
Querétaro – 0
Monarcas – 1 (Juan Rodríguez 22′ [p])
Tijuana – 2 (Dayro Moreno 37′ & 49′ [p])
Chivas – 1 (Carlos Fierro 34′)
América – 0
Tigres UANL – 1 (André-Pierre Gignac 27′ [p])
Monterrey – 1 (Dorlan Pabón 71′)
Cruz Azul – 1 (Vicente Matías Vuoso 6′)
Pachuca – 3 (Aquivaldo Mosquera 11′, Ariel Nahuelpan 38′, Hirving Lozano 42′)
Toluca – 4 (Fernando Uribe 25′, 47′, 59′, & 87′)
Atlas – 3 (Franco Arizala 12′, Felipe Baloy 24′, Luis Caballero 90′)
Dorados – 2 (Roberto Nurse 46′ & 90’+)
Chiapas – 6 (Avilés Hurtado 2′ & 59′, Silvio Moreno 10′, 11′, & 46′, Diego de la Torre 50′)
León – 2 (Mauro Boselli 33′, Marco Bueno 75′)
Pumas UNAM – 3 (Eduardo Herrera 13′ & 35′ [p], Matías Britos 31′)
Veracruz – 0
Puebla – 0
Santos – 1 (Mario de Luna 52′ [OG])