Winners and Losers from Liga MX Week 6
For the first time in the tournament, America didn't win and instead left with a scoreless draw with Chiapas. Atlas also failed to win, and is now third in the general table.
Morelia sit last in the general table and are the only side that has yet to win this season, as Universidad de Guadalajara finally grabbed three points on home soil. UNAM couldn't win despite having a new coach and playing on home soil.
The relegation zone is crowded, with Leones Negros, Puebla, Guadalajara and Veracruz struggling to stay out of trouble.
Let's take a look at the winners and losers of Week 6.
Loser: Ruben Omar Romano
Puebla decided to axe Ruben Omar Romano after a yet another defeat, this time with Cruz Azul.
Romano had been in charge of La Franja since August 2013, when he replaced Manuel Lapuente, who had only secured one point after five weeks of the 2013 Apertura tournament.
Romano is the second coach who has been sacked this season. Jose Luis Trejo was fired after UNAM lost four successive games.
UANL traveled to Morelia in hopes of winning again at the Estadio Morelos since the 2012 Clausura, and they did in style.
Tigres trashed Monarcas 1-5, with goals from Luis Cardozo (own goal), Guido Pizarro, Emanuel Villa, Dario Burbano and Damian Alvarez.
The result is a breath of fresh air for Ricardo Ferretti, as UANL hadn't won since the second matchday, when they defeated Leon 2-1, at the Estadio Universitario.
Next week Tigres will receive Chiapas.
Guadalajara are still in trouble, as they faltered to defeat Veracruz.
Chivas left the Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente with a scoreless draw, which leaves them in the 14th place of the general table with only five points (they have one pending match).
It was key for Guadalajara to grab three points, because they are trying to leave behind the relegation zone. However, the Tiburones Rojos fought hard and managed to hold off Chivas' attack.
Despite having won only one game during the 2014 Apertura, Guadalajara will keep their coach, Carlos Bustos.
Winners: Santos Laguna
Santos Laguna kept their unbeaten run against Toluca, while playing at the Estadio Corona. Los Guerreros have not lost to the Diablos Rojos since 2004.
Pedro Caixinha went with a 4-3-3 system that exposed Toluca's defensive weakness. Yair Renteria, Darwin Quintero and Javier Orozco defeated Alfredo Talavera to seal a 3-0 victory.
The away team had a few goal opportunities, mainly from Lucas Lobos' boots, but no one could finish the plays.
Jose Saturnino Cardozo needs to find the way to straighten the back line, because Toluca have received six goals in six matchdays.
Atlas was one of just two teams that had not lost a single game during the 2014 Apertura. However, they lost that privilege on Week 6.
Pachuca stunned Los Zorros with a fantastic performance, which included organization, structure and offensive power.
Los Tuzos went back to their old selves, by displaying good rhythm and verticality, especially from the flanks.
Atlas couldn't keep up with them and eventually struggled in their own box, where they failed to cover the forwards.
Despite all, Los Zorros are still in good position to qualify to the Liguilla, as they sit third in the general table.
If America had defeated Chiapas at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, they could have tied their best record in the Liga MX, with six successive wins, since the 2002 Apertura.
However, Jaguares managed to end Las Aguilas' run, something they had accomplished before. In the 2005 Apertura—which America won—Chiapas were the only club that defeated them, in Matchday 6.
Jaguares had several opportunities to score. Emiliano Armenteros, Franco Arizala and Andres Andrade were instrumental in putting Las Aguilas' defense in distress, they created seven goal opportunities of Jaguares' 10, as per Squawka.
America are still in control of the general table with 16 points.
Guillermo Vazquez took over UNAM after Jose Luis Trejo was sacked last week, but failed to grab a victory at the Estadio Olimpico.
Pumas couldn't take advantage of playing on home soil, and despite having 12 goal opportunities, they only scored once, when Eduardo Herrera shot from close range as he found a rebound inside the box.
Xolos tied the game just four minutes after Herrera put the ball away, proving that UNAM need to be more focused.
UNAM pushed hard to widen the score, but they were far from being accurate. They shot 13 times, but sent 10 of them off target, as reported by Squawka.
Pumas are still 16th in the general table.
Winner: Matias Alustiza
Matias Alustiza joined Raul Jimenez and Dorlan Pabon as the only footballers that have bagged a hat-trick in the 2014 Apertura.
Alustiza helped Pachuca defeat Atlas at the Estadio Hidalgo for the first time since the 2011 Apertura, when they won 4-2.
El Chavo opened the score with a powerful header in the 43rd minute. He went back to the pitch inspired and put away the ball again in the beginning of the second half. The icing on the cake came after a penalty kick.
This was Pachuca's second win of the season; both on home soil.
Leon became the first team of the 2014 Clausura that has lost to Universidad de Guadalajara, the most recently promoted club.
The Panzas Verdes had to play with 10 men for 70 minutes, as Edwin Hernandez was sent off in the first half due to a harsh tackle on Andres Rios.
The game was a nightmare for Leon, as they struggled to defend as best as possible, while trying to create as many options as possible after Hernandez's dismissal.
Fidel Castro scored for the Leones Negros, just 25 minutes after he went in.
Gustavo Matosas' side has lost all its away matches, and has only managed to win twice, on home soil, for a 2-0-4 record.
The team looks very different from what we saw in the previous couple of tournaments, especially on the back line.
Winners: Cruz Azul
Two weeks ago Cruz Azul earned three points on home soil against Puebla. However, La Maquina didn't convince and in the following matchday they lost to Monterrey.
But things are slowly turning around for Alfredo Tena's side. This time they faced Queretaro and shut down their surprising pace, which included three successive wins and a draw.
Cruz Azul staged a powerful offense through the flanks, which included 21 crosses and five goal opportunities, according to Squawka.
Christian Gimenez was brilliant. He put in distress the rival's defense on a regular basis, thanks to his dribbling skills and speed.
Joao Rojas and Rogelio Chavez put the ball away to give La Maquina a 2-1 victory.
All stats appear courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.
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