Monterrey handles their business as they give Puebla their first loss of the season. Tijuana stays red hot by defeating the reigning champions. Here are my three takeaways from Week 5.
Monterrey Maintains First Place
Monterrey welcomed undefeated Puebla to the Estadio BBVA for an exciting matchup of week 5. Puebla would have to play a near perfect game if they were to keep their undefeated streak intact. In the end it would be too big of a task for Puebla to go into Monterrey and walk out with at least a point. A goal in the 30th minute by Stefan Medina would be all that Monterrey needed to get the three points. After the goal Monterrey controlled the tempo to their liking and had they been more precise they could have easily scored a few more goals. Nonetheless Monterrey got the job done and now they are the top team in all of Liga MX with 12 points. Monterrey will travel to Mexico City to face off against Pumas meanwhile Puebla will return home to face off against Atletico San Luis.
Tijuana With Another Shock Result
Tijuana would visit the ever so tough Estadio Jalisco to take on the reigning champions for Week 5 of Liga MX action. After defeating America over the weekend the club entered this match with all the momentum on their side. Things would start off bad for the visiting team as they found themselves down by a goal in the fifth minute of the game. Atlas had countless opportunities to extend their lead but their inconsistency allowed Tijuana to stay alive. Then in a matter of minutes Tijuana was able to flip the script as they scored two quick goals that would ultimately give them the win. Lucas Rodriguez would tie the game and Renato Ibarra would give Xolos the lead. With this victory Tijuana makes it back-to-back wins against some of the league’s toughest and best teams. Xolos have slowly moved up in the table and are hoping that this season they can make a push for a spot in the repechaje.
Jurado Plays Hero for Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul would visit the Estadio Alfonso Lastras to take on a tough Atletico San Luis team. From the get go San Luis began to overwhelm La Maquina, forcing Jurado to make save after save to keep his team alive. Anytime San Luis looked like they could have opened up the scoring Jurado was there to deny them, making near impossible saves look like routine. With Jurado’s heroics the club was able to salvage a point and will look to turn the page as they receive Necaxa for Week 6 of Liga MX.
This match also signified the last game Santi Gimenez will play as a Cruz Azul player as he has apparently signed a deal that will see him join Feyenoord of the Eredivisie. Santi has performed at a phenomenal level this season leading the team with five goals and is a reference up top. It will be tough to replace Santi and whoever does so will have some big shoes to fill. ¡Vamos Santi! ¡A romperla en el Extranjero! Good luck to Santi Gimenez on his new adventure!