Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 5
After five weeks, America are still atop the general table of the 2014 Apertura, while Dorlan Pabon has become the tournament's top scorer and Jose Luis Trejo has been sacked.
A lot happened in Matchday 5, including Atlas' fourth successive victory, Cruz Azul's defeat to Monterrey, and UNAM's fourth consecutive loss, this time against Leon.
The general table didn't change much. America has 15 points, Atlas sits second with 13, followed by Monterrey, Queretaro, Toluca, Chiapas, Leon and Tigres, all of them inside the Liguilla zone.
Loser: Jose Luis Trejo
UNAM lost their fourth successive match of the 2014 Apertura to Leon on Week 5, which led to Jose Luis Trejo's sacking.
He is the first coach that has been fired in this tournament, and also the one who had the most defeats in five weeks. Not even Universidad de Guadalajara, which sit at the bottom of the table, have lost so many games.
Trejo took over Pumas in the ninth matchday of the 2013 Apertura; his results were not good—he had a 1-4-4 record—but continued with the team for the 2014 Clausura.
In that tournament he managed to take UNAM all the way to the Liguilla, but they lost in the quarterfinals.
America are the only team that has won every game, which puts them atop the general table with 15 points.
Their latest victim was Morelia, which were close to putting an end to Las Aguilas' stunning winning streak but fell short in the 90th minute.
Coach Antonio Mohamed had never won five successive games in the Liga MX. His best run had come with Tijuana at the 2013 Clausura, when he secured the first 12 points of the tournament.
Las Aguilas have a two-point advantage over Atlas.
UANL's bad results continue, this time they left the Estadio Cuauhtemoc with a one-goal draw.
This was the first time Tigres failed to win on an away match with Puebla since the 2008 Apertura. Previously, they had secured five victories in the same number of games held on La Franja's turf.
Ricardo Ferretti's side has gone through tough times with the injury of Emanuel Villa and the sudden departure of Alan Pulido.
Tigres' performance is far from impressive, as they have a 1-3-1 record so far.
The bad results are finally over for Tijuana. It took Xolos five weeks to finally secure a victory, which they did on home soil to Chiapas.
Dario Benedetto scored his first brace of the tournament, becoming Tijuana's top scorer with three of the five goals the team has so far.
Benedetto scored early in the match with superb accuracy to defeat Oscar Jimenez with a half volley. The striker put him in distress again in the second half after taking advantage of a terrible mistake by Edgar Duenas.
Matias Vuoso scored for Jaguares but the damage had been done.
Losers: Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul are still struggling this season and couldn't do much to stop Monterrey at Estadio Tecnologico.
The last time Rayados defeated La Maquina on home soil was in the 2010 Bicentenario tournament, when Nery Cardozo and Dario Carreno scored in a 2-0 victory.
Luis Fernando Tena has a lot of work to do, especially on the attacking zone. Cruz Azul had five goal opportunities, but only converted one. They sent 29 crosses and only completed one, as per Squawka.
The defensive line is also having trouble. They only intercepted six balls, won five aerial duels and lost six, according to Squawka.
Winner: Dorlan Pabon
Dorlan Pabon is en route to becoming Monterrey's hero this season. In Week 5 he scored a hat-trick against Cruz Azul, helping his team seal a 3-1 victory on home soil.
Pabon is just the second footballer to accomplish the feat; Raul Jimenez became the first one in Matchday 3, vs. Puebla.
With his three goals, Pabon is now the top scorer of the 2014 Apertura with a total tally of six.
Losers: Universidad De Guadalajara
Just when it seemed like Universidad de Guadalajara could snatch one point from Atlas, Efren Mendoza hit Edgar Castillo on the face and the referee awarded a penalty kick.
Leones Negros had done a fantastic job, especially in the second half. William Ferreira had two clear opportunities inside the box but failed to finish both of them.
The momentum was on the away team's favor until the 69th minute when Diego Campos was sent off after seeing a second yellow card.
It is crucial that Leones Negros start taking advantage of the few scoring chances they have, otherwise they will continue to be the worst team of the general table and in great risk of going back to the Ascenso MX.
Next week they'll face Leon at the Estadio Jalisco.
Winner: Pablo Velazquez
Pablo Velazquez is definitely back on track. The Toluca striker has scored four goals in five appearances.
Velazquez notched a brace in Matchday 5 on home soil, and now sits third in the top-scorers table, behind Dorlan Pabon and Raul Jimenez.
The Paraguayan shot five times on target, as reported by Squawka, and finally defeated Oscar Perez in the second half to help his team trash Pachuca 3-0.
The timing couldn't be better, as Toluca are set to visit Santos in the upcoming matchday.
The drama continues for Guadalajara after they lost 0-1 to Santos at the Estadio Omnilife.
Chivas' lack of creativity and power in the last third of the pitch have been their worst enemies so far. Squawka reported that they created 10 goal opportunities but still failed to put the ball away.
Meanwhile, Los Guerreros generated three chances, had 68 percent of passing accuracy and had to work hard in the back line, with six interventions from Oswaldo Sanchez, as per Squawka.
Guadalajara need to grab points soon, as they sit 16th in the relegation table, just ahead of Puebla and Universidad de Guadalajara.
Winner: Oribe Peralta
Oribe Peralta's experience and fine touch were instrumental in the match against Morelia, held at the Estadio Azteca.
The Mexico international scored the winner for America, during injury time. It could have been his second of the match, but the linesman disallowed a fantastic bicycle-kick goal.
This was Peralta's third goal of the season, which puts him as the second-best Mexican scorer of the 2014 Apertura, behind Jimenez.
Aquí el golazo que había hecho Oribe Peralta de chilena, pero que fue anulado por fuera de lugar. https://t.co/7Q05nzQkdd— América Y Ya (@Americayya_net) August 16, 2014
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