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Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 2

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 2

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    The second week of the 2014 Apertura is on the books now, and there were plenty of surprises.

    Guadalajara delivered a super performance against Pumas, while Monterrey and America secured their second win of the tournament, becoming the only two clubs with six points.

    Mauro Boselli, Dario Burbano, Fernando Arce, Yair Renteria, Dorlan Pabon and Osvaldo Martinez lead the top scorers table with two goals each.

    So, who were this week's winners and losers? Let's find out.

Winner: Guadalajara

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    Guadalajara stunned UNAM at Estadio Olimpico for the first time in 10 years. This was a key victory for Chivas as they are trying to leave the relegation zone.

    Although no club was really in charge of the game, Carlos Bustos' side took advantage of a key opportunity.

    Fernando Arce put the ball away at the 86th minute, which was more than enough to secure Guadalajara's first victory of the season.

    It was also impressive because Chivas played with 10 men from the 76th minute, when Angel Reyna was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

    Next week Guadalajara will meet Leones Negros at Estadio Omnilife.

Loser: Leon

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    The defending champions are having a really hard time this season. They have lost their first two games, which means this is their worst start since the 2002 Verano tournament.

    Should Gustavo Matosas start worrying about his team's performance? Perhaps. Just let's not forget that the Panzas Verdes really turned things around during the 2014 Clausura and not only managed to squeeze into the Liguilla, they won the tournament.

    Leon's back line has not been very strong so far, so it's no wonder they have the worst defense of the tournament, having conceded six goals.

    There's a lot of room for improvement, especially since this club has already proved that it can achieve great things.

Winner: Atlas

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    Atlas couldn't have asked for a better start. The Zorros have secured four points so far, after a scoreless draw with Tigres and more recently a 2-0 victory over Morelia.

    The last time they started a season with a 1-1-0 record was at the 2013 Clausura, when they tied with UNAM and defeated Pachuca.

    In that season they advanced to the Liguilla for the first time since 2007, but they fell short in the quarterfinals.

    Tomas Boy is clearly working hard toward changing this team, and so far he is succeeding in his mission.

Loser: Angel Reyna

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    Angel Reyna needs to cool down as soon as possible. The Guadalajara footballer was sent off in the second half of the match against UNAM for double booking.

    Reyna received the first yellow card after a tackle on Daniel Luduena; the second one came in a childish play as he threw the ball right into a Pumas footballer's head.

    The referee thought it was a direct aggression rather than an unfortunate situation, and he didn't hesitate to book Reyna for the second time.

    The midfielder needs to focus on playing because these things are exactly what Guadalajara need to avoid.

Winner: Fernando Arce

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    Fernando Arce keeps helping Guadalajara in their quest to the title by scoring and proving he still has a lot to give.

    The midfielder has scored twice already, against Chiapas and UNAM, both times from set pieces. His right-foot shot is certainly one of his most valuable assets.

    Arce hadn't scored back-to-back goals since the 2012 Apertura, when he still played for Tijuana.

Loser: William Yarbrough

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    As if things weren't already worrisome for Gustavo Matosas, now the Leon coach needs to have a serious talk with William Yarbrough.

    The goalkeeper has had two shameful mistakes so far, which have resulted in goals against the Panzas Verdes.

    During Matchday 2 Yarbrough misjudged the trajectory of the ball, which resulted in UANL's first goal.

    The keeper needs to get back on track soon because Leon are not having a walk on the park right now.

Winner: Raul Jimenez

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    Raul Jimenez keeps proving his worth with America. The striker came on in the second half and immediately made an impact.

    He fought hard for the ball and kept grinding until his effort finally paid off. Jimenez scored the equalizer and pushed his team for perfection.

    Just a couple of days earlier, Antonio Mohamed told the Mexican press in a conference (article in Spanish) that Jimenez was not focused on Las Aguilas due to the constant transfer rumours, as reported by Tom Marshall on Goal.com.

    But clearly the forward proved him wrong.

Loser: Oribe Peralta

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    Oribe Peralta has yet to score with America. The second matchday wasn't easy for El Hermoso.

    He had a clear goal opportunity against Tijuana, just when the game was tied to one goal. Las Aguilas were pushing Xolos when Luis Angel Mendoza started a dangerous play in the 93rd minute.

    He put the ball in the box with a fantastic pass to Raul Jimenez, who gave it to Peralta with the head, leaving him completely alone in front of the goal.

    Despite the great chance, El Hermoso put the ball in the bleachers.

Winner: Dario Burbano

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    Dario Burbano was the only footballer who scored more than once during Matchday 2.

    The UANL forward took advantage of Leon's weak defense and put the ball away twice in just 22 minutes.

    Burbano is in a six-way tie in the top scorers table, with two goals, and is the second player to secure a brace this season.

    His superb performance helped him secure his eight and ninth goals since he arrived in the Liga MX, back in 2012.

Loser: Universidad De Guadalajara

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    Recently promoted Universidad de Guadalajara didn't take advantage of playing on home soil against Queretaro. Now they sit last in the general table.

    The Leones Negros have only scored once, last week against Monterrey. On the other hand, they have conceded four goals.

    Coach Luis Alfonso Sosa must work hard to turn things around or his side will not spend a lot of time in the first division.

     

    All stats appear courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.

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