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Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 3

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 3

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    Matchday 3 of the 2014 Apertura tournament is over and the Liga MX has a new leader. America sit atop the general table, while Leones Negros are still at the bottom.

    Universidad de Guadalajara was supposed to face Chivas the past weekend, but since the latter played a friendly against Bayern Munich at the Red Bull Arena, in New Jersey, the game was rescheduled for September 7.

    Some teams secured their first three points of the season, like Leon and Toluca. Others are still struggling to secure their first win, such as Cruz Azul.

    Let's take a look at the winners and losers from Matchday 3.

Winner: Raul Jimenez

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    Things couldn't be better for Raul Jimenez. The America striker tops the scorers’ table with four goals.

    He put the ball away once against Leon in Matchday 2, but this week he truly outdid himself. Jimenez scored his first hat-trick of the season versus Puebla at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc.

    His goals helped America secure their third win of the season. Plus, the timing is perfect, as the Mexican has been constantly linked with Porto.

    According to Goal.com, Jimenez could leave America sooner rather than later, while MedioTiempo.com (Spanish) assures he is supposed to arrive in Portugal by the end of August.

Loser: Puebla

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    The last time Puebla received four goals was against Cruz Azul at the 2013 Clausura. However, by that time they were the away team.

    A year later America managed to defeat them by four goals at Estadio Cuauhtemoc, something no other team had accomplished since the 2003 Clausura, when Morelia defeated them 6-1 on home soil.

    Puebla had a 1-1-0 record before the third week of the 2014 Apertura, but they couldn't stop Las Aguilas and now sit 10th in the general table.

    La Franja has not defeated America at Estadio Cuauhtemoc since the 2010 Bicentenario tournament.

     

Winner: Oribe Peralta

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    Oribe Peralta scored his first goal with America during the match against Puebla.

    El Cepillo took advantage of his mobility inside the box and his dribbling skills to put the ball away in the 73rd minute. His achievement gave America a momentary three-goal advantage over La Franja.

    Peralta has played all 270 minutes of the 2014 Apertura and has proven to be a very valuable footballer in Las Aguilas' attacking line.

Loser: Tijuana

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    Tijuana hadn't had such a bad start since their first season in the Liga MX. During the 2011 Apertura the Xolos lost their first three games, two of them on home soil.

    Three years later they have a 0-1-2 record after back-to-back defeats, against Puebla and America, and a draw to UANL, which they secured during the third matchday.

    Cesar Farias' side needs to step up, especially in the last third of the pitch. So far they have only scored twice, which puts them as the 12th offensive of the tournament, and have received four goals.

    Next week they are set to face Morelia at Estadio Morelos.

Winner: America

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    America lead the 2014 Apertura with nine points and they are the only team in the tournament that has won all of their matches.

    Las Aguilas have shown a lot of determination, rhythm and communication on the pitch. So far their style has been the most dynamic and lethal.

    America's offensive is the No. 1 attacking force in the league. They have the top scorer of the tournament (Raul Jimenez) and no other team has scored more than them (six goals).

    The last time they won their first three games (2013 Clausura) they secured the title.

Loser: Cruz Azul

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    Cruz Azul keep disappointing their fans; so far they have a 0-2-1 record. They haven't taken advantage of their home games, and now they are the 14th club in the general table.

    La Maquina have not been the most disciplined team either. In their latest game, against Veracruz, Marco Fabian was booked, receiving his second yellow card of the season, and Anibal Zurdo was sent off in the 92nd minute.

    Cruz Azul hadn't had such a bad start since the 2004 Apertura, when Luis Fernando Tena was also in charge of the team. In that tournament, La Maquina lost their first four games.

Winner: Leon

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    The nightmare is over for Leon, as they finally secured three points in the 2014 Apertura.

    Los Panzas Verdes trashed Morelia at the Nou Camp. Alexis Rivera, Carlos Pena, Jose Maria Cardenas and Miguel Sabah put the ball away and helped his side grab their first victory of the season.

    William Yarbrough finally went back to his old self and denied Morelia from start to end. The Leon goalkeeper had three saves during the game.

    This win will be a confidence booster for los Panzas Verdes.

Loser: UNAM

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    UNAM lost at the Estadio Nemesio Diez for the first time since the 2009 Apertura, when Los Diablos Rojos left Matchday 3 with a 3-0 victory.

    Pumas kicked off the 2014 Apertura with a win against Queretaro at the Estadio Corregidora, but later they lost on home soil to Chivas.

    UNAM's defense was very shaky throughout the game versus Toluca, and their lack of offensive power should be one of Jose Luis Trejo's biggest concerns for the rest of the tournament.

Winner: Atlas

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    Atlas is finally having a breakthrough season and could become the dark horse in the race to the Liguilla.

    Los Zorros managed to overturn the score in style. They were down early in the match after a superb goal by Matias Vuoso in the seventh minute.

    Arturo Gonzalez scored the equalizer just 11 minutes after, but Emiliano Armenteros, the newest Jaguares member, put his team ahead again.

    It took a brilliant execution by Rodrigo Millar to level the score, just three minutes before half-time.

    During the second half, Atlas pushed hard and won the match with goals by Luis Caballero and Enrique Esqueda.

    Los Zorros are now the second-best team of the tournament with seven points and a 2-1-0 record.

Winner: Pablo Velazquez

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    Pablo Velazquez helped Toluca secure their first win of the tournament with a brace in the match versus UNAM.

    The Paraguayan footballer hadn't scored with Los Diablos Rojos since last March, when he put the ball away in the 13th matchday of the 2014 Clausura, against Tigres.

    Last weekend, Velazquez secured his first goal via a penalty kick, after the referee called a foul over Lucas Lobos inside the box in the first half.

    By the 79th minute, the score was tied to one goal, but again the Toluca striker made the difference and put the ball away with a powerful header, to seal the 2-1 victory over Pumas.

     

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

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