Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 4

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2014

Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 4

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    The fourth matchday of the 2014 Apertura was full of surprises, including Queretaro's victory over Santos Laguna at Estadio Corona and Veracruz's first win of the season.

    America are still in control of the lead, two points clear from Atlas. They also have the top scorer of the tournament at their service, Raul Jimenez.

    Cruz Azul pushed hard in their game against Puebla and finally won, although not in the way they would have wanted.

    Leon couldn't keep up, and their winning streak ended against Chiapas. The same thing happened to Guadalajara in their match with Pachuca.

    Let's take a look at the winners and losers from Week 4.

Winners: Veracruz

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    Veracruz struggled in the first three weeks of the 2014 Apertura, both at home and away.

    It seemed like a victory against Monterrey was out of the question, especially because Rayados hadn't lost any of their previous games.

    However, the Tiburones Rojos were well organized and kept their cool, despite being down in the score after just seven minutes.

    The score favored the northern team until Edgar Andrade proved his technique and fine touch to put away the equalizer.

    Enter Daniel Villalva, who bagged his first goal of the tournament. The strike was from outside the box and without a question the best of Matchday 4.

    This was a crucial win for the Tiburones Rojos in their fight against relegation.

Losers: UNAM

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    Things couldn't have been worse for UNAM, and they are still yet to win on home soil.

    Pumas failed to take advantage of playing at Estadio Olimpico and lost to Atlas, a club that has been sharp and organized throughout the tournament so far.

    This was UNAM's worst performance in the 2014 Apertura. They had several opportunities but failed to capitalize, mainly because they were constantly caught offside.

    Their lack of depth and ball possession put a lot of stress on the defense, which was key from beginning to end.

    The 0-1 defeat to Atlas was Pumas' third consecutive loss.

Winners: America

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    UANL seemed to be the perfect team to put an end to America's winning streak, but Las Aguilas proved to be the strongest club of the tournament.

    Antonio Mohamed's side played against Tigres at Estadio Universitario, and they managed to control most of the match.

    The first goal came from the feet of Oribe Peralta after an incredible display of technique and dribbling skills.

    Then, Raul Jimenez assisted Miguel Layun for Las Aguilas' winner.

    After four games, America have 12 points and a goal difference of plus-eight. Their next game will take place at Estadio Azteca against Morelia.

Loser: Michael Orozco

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    Michael Orozco had a tough afternoon on Saturday, when Puebla visited the Estadio Azul.

    La Maquina were pushing hard to open the scoring when Mauro Formica found space and stepped into the box before passing the ball to Mariano Pavone.

    But before the Cruz Azul striker could touch the ball, the United States international deflected the ball into his own goal, which ultimately became the match-winning goal in La Maquina's first win of the tournament.

    Things were not over for Orozco. He was sent off in the second half after an altercation with Pavone.

Winners: Atlas

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    Atlas were last unbeaten after four weeks of the Apertura in 2012, when they had a 1-3-0 record.

    This is Los Zorros' best start since the 2007 Clausura, when they also secured three victories and one draw in their first four games.

    Atlas defeated UNAM at the Estadio Olimpico in Week 4 thanks to Arturo Gonzalez's second-half winner.

    So far, Los Zorros sit second in the general table with 10 points.

Losers: Guadalajara

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    The 2014 Apertura has so far been a nightmare for Guadalajara, as they have only won once and they sit 12th in the general table.

    Carlos Bustos' side needs to secure as many points as possible because they are dangerously near the relegation zone.

    Their game against Pachuca was a mess. They had clear options but Carlos Fierro and Omar Bravo couldn't defeat Oscar Perez; in return, the veteran goalkeeper proved that he still has what it takes to make a difference on the pitch.

    Los Tuzos had a field day on home soil and humiliated Guadalajara 3-0, thanks to the fantastic performance of Ariel Nahuelpan, who scored a brace.

Winners: Queretaro

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    Queretaro defeated Santos Laguna 3-2 on Saturday.

    Gallos Blancos didn't have a good start and Los Guerrero's superiority was evident in the 20th minute, when Djaniny Tavares opened the scoring.

    Little by little, Queretaro pulled it together and eventually tied the match. They kept grinding and took the lead just five minutes before the end of the first half.

    Santos pushed hard and equalized the score momentarily. However, Gallos Blancos didn't give up and won the game with a late goal by William Fernando da Silva.

    This was Queretaro's third win of the tournament, which puts them third in the general table.

Loser: Miguel Layun

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    Miguel Layun helped America secure their fourth successive win of the 2014 Apertura after putting the ball away in the second half.

    However, despite his fantastic performance, he left for the hospital as soon as the game ended.

    The left-back collided with Jose Francisco Torres in a play where they were fighting for a ball. Layun ended up with a fractured jaw and underwent surgery hours after the game, as reported by (Spanish).

    He will be out for a couple of weeks.

Winners: Universidad de Guadalajara

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    Universidad de Guadalajara finally grabbed a point in the 2014 Apertura. After two consecutive defeats—they have a pending game against Chivas—they finished Matchday 4 with a scoreless draw against Toluca.

    The Leones Negros built up their confidence, and by the second half they were close to scoring, but Alfredo Talavera was focused and denied them the opportunity to put the ball away.

    Toluca also had a couple of good opportunities, especially one from Pablo Velazquez, who shot from close range but put the ball in the post.

    This result was key for Leones Negros, who are currently at the bottom of the relegation table and face Atlas in the upcoming matchday.

Losers: Leon

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    Just when it seemed like Gustavo Matosas had found the way to put his team back on track, Leon lost to Chiapas.

    Los Panzas Verdes were winning 2-0 in the first half. Their superiority was clear, and Jaguares were completely off rhythm.

    Leon's overconfidence and Chiapas' superb reaction in the second 45 minutes were enough for Sergio Bueno's side to overturn the score.

    Bruno Pereira Pires, Daniel Armenteros and Franco Arizala put the ball away to secure three points and Chiapas' second win of the 2014 Apertura.

    The two-time Liga MX champions need to work hard at keeping a tight defense—Rafael Marquez's absence was evident—as well as attacking, despite the score.

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