The highlight of Week 13 of Liga MX was the Super Clasico match in the Estadio Omnilife between Chivas of Guadalajara and Club America. The visitors easily walked to a 0-4 victory over their rivals. A key reason for their emphatic win was the return of key players from injury.
Last season's runners up got a boost at the right time as left wing-back Miguel Layun and striker Luis Gabriel Rey were both once again fit to play. Both players would end up playing key roles in the Super Clasico win over their bitter rivals.
Luis Gabriel Rey had to be sidelined for three weeks due to injury. The last match that he played in was the 1-2 win over Monterrey in week 9. During the three matches that the Colombian born striker missed, America accumulated a 2-4 loss at home to Santos, and disappointing draws to weaker opposition like Chiapas FC and Veracruz.
Upon his return to action, Rey was able to find the back of the net on two occasions inside the first 15 minutes of the Super Clasico to give Club America a 0-2 lead that would propel them to victory. "El Canguro" played a total of 70 minutes and was replaced by Luis Angel "Quick" Mendoza to a standing ovation by the plenty Americanistas who turned up to the Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara.
Another player returning from an important absence was Mexican National Team wing-back Miguel Layun. The Veracruz native played all 90 minutes of the Super Clasico after missing the last four weeks with a shoulder injury. The attacks on both wings were a big part of the America attack during the four goal win. A Layun run and shot from the left would lead to the third goal that was eventually scored by fellow El Tri teammate Raul Jimenez.
Chivas were not as lucky to recover players
During the week leading to the Super Clasico, it was speculated that Chivas striker Omar Bravo had recovered from injury and could see some minutes against Club America. It was eventually confirmed just hours before kickoff that Bravo was not in fact ready to go and would have to miss the match.
The Chivas attack could have really used the leadership and fighting spirit of Omar Bravo. Aldo de Nigris was left isolated for large portions of the match to battle against the three America central defenders. U-17 World Champion, Carlos Fierro, tried to produce magic down the wing and send in crosses to De Nigris, but could not connect properly.
Chivas of Guadalajara are currently in a three way tie for the second worst offense in the league with Puebla and Veracruz; all three have scored nine goals in 13 matches. Only Tigres with eight goals in the same amount of matches have less.