We're only a month into the Apertura tournament in Mexico's Liga MX, but already there are some interesting trends developing based on the current table.
Five teams—Morelia, Tijuana, Cruz Azul, Veracruz and Club Universidad de Guadalajara (U. de. G)—are winless after three weeks. Of those, Cruz Azul are perhaps the most surprising team found at the bottom of the table as they finished as one of the top teams in the 2013-14 Clausura season.
Morelia and Tijuana will face off on Friday night, which means at least one (but possibly both) teams will head into Week 5 without anything to show in the win column.
Star striker Raul Jimenez and America will look to hold on to their early undefeated record, but they face a tough opponent in the form of U.A.N.L.
Jimenez has already racked up four goals so far this season and continues to look like a player capable of making waves across the pond in Europe.
Leon will be looking to put a stop to their early struggles with a victory over mid-table Chiapas. Leon won both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments in the 2013-14 season.
Here are the complete fixtures and results for Week 4 in Liga MX.
|August 8||8:30 p.m.||Morelia vs. Tijuana||Mor 0-0 Tij|
|August 8||9:30 p.m.||Veracruz vs. Monterrey||Ver 2-1 Mon|
|August 9||6 p.m.||Cruz Azul vs. Puebla||Cru 1-0 Pue|
|August 9||8 p.m.||U.A.N.L. vs. America||Ame 2-0 U.A.N.L.|
|August 9||9 p.m.||Santos vs. Queretaro||Que 3-2 San|
|August 9||9:06 p.m.||Pachuca vs. Guadalajara||Pac 3-0 Gua|
|August 9||10 p.m.||Chiapas vs. Leon||Chi 3-2 Leo|
|August 10||1 p.m.||UNAM vs. Atlas||Atlas 1-0 UNAM|
|August 10||6 p.m.||U. de G. vs. Toluca||U. de G. 0-0 Tol|
And here is the Liga MX Apertura table, to be updated as the weekend progresses.
|18||U. de G.||3||0||1||2||1|
Morelia and Tijuana will both remain winless for another week after an ugly 0-0 draw kicked off Week 4 of the Apertura on Friday night.
Morelia won the possession battle with 57 percent of the ball, but neither team was able to do very much in front of goal. The two lowly teams combined for just seven shots on target throughout the drab affair. ESPN FC's Tom Marshall noted Morelia's goal drought has been particularly dreadful:
Veracruz take the lead against Monterrey. 2-1 up with 3 mins to play, plus Suazo was taken off injured.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) August 9, 2014
Veracruz got their season back on track with a stylish 2-1 comeback victory over Monterrey. Dorlan Pabon opened the scoring early with a sixth-minute goal for Monterrey, and it looked like the score might hold as his side played well for several long stretches during the match.
However, Veracruz kicked their game into a higher register in the second half, fighting to win possession and pressuring Monterrey into committing several costly fouls. Edgar Andrade leveled the scoreline in the 78th minute, leaving Daniel Villalva to hit the stunning winner just four minutes from time.
Take a look at the absolute scorcher of a strike, courtesy of San Cadilla:
The final stats proved just how close the game truly was. Veracruz ended up winning the possession battle at 56 percent, but Monterrey forced goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez to commit six saves and outshot Veracruz 15-13.
The victory propels Veracruz, at least temporarily, into the top half of the table, while Monterrey remain in third place after four games played. However, there is still plenty of action to come in Week 4 as teams jockey for position in the table early on in the Apertura.
Game stats courtesy of ESPN FC.