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America and Monterrey both picked up their first wins of the Apertura in Mexico this weekend, but there was no such luck for Santos Laguna, Tigres, or Chivas, who remain the only three sides still without a victory.
America and Monterrey grab first wins in Liga MX Week 3
08/10/2015
 

America and Monterrey both picked up their first wins of the Apertura in Mexico this weekend, but there was no such luck for Santos Laguna, Tigres, or Chivas, who remain the only three sides still without a victory.

Pachuca 0-3 America


On paper, this match was another potential banana skin for new America boss Ignacio Ambriz. Pachuca have a reputation as a well organised and hard-to-beat outfit, while America had been struggling for form and consistency since the summer.


In practice, America turned in their best performance of the season. They kept their first clean sheet 
in the league since a 1-0 win over Cruz Azul on April 4th (eleven games ago), and saw both main strikers – Benedetto and Peralta – find the back of the net.


It could be a result that eases the mounting pressure on the manager, though with games against Santos, Tigres, and Cruz Azul within the next month, and with the super clasico not long after, it might be a mere stay of execution rather than a complete acquittal.


America now sit 13th, while Pachuca lie 7th. On Tuesday, America will play Dorados at the Azteca and Pachuca travel to Monterrey for a game against Rayados.

Atlas 0-3 Monterrey

Monterrey have endured a stop-start opening few weeks of the season. They were resoundingly beaten by Pumas UNAM on the opening weekend, then didn’t play in Week 2, hosting a friendly against Benfica to inaugurate their new stadium instead.


They won that friendly 3-0, and when combined with a 3-1 Copa MX win over Correcaminos, there was enough reason to believe that they were coming into a rich vein of form.


Nonetheless, few would have expected them to brush aside Atlas quite so easily. Matosas’ men were coming off the back of the 3-1 demolition of America at the Azteca in Week 2, and seemed to have the swagger of a side that knew they’d once again be competing at the top end of the table. 


Two goals in two minutes just before half time from Monterrey new boy Funes Mori took the wind out of the hosts, and when Edwin Cardona scored the third just after the break the game was as good as over.


Monterrey are now 12th in the table, but have a game in hand (against Puebla) that will be played in mid-October.

Santos Laguna 0-1 Tijuana

Very few people though reigning champions Santos would still be without a point after three games of the new season.


The opening weekend loss against Leon was possibly excusable after three red cards, but since then they have been woeful.


Their ongoing struggles were summed up by their 1-0 home defeat to Tijuana – a side that had lost their opening two matches and looked like a shadow of the side that went unbeaten for the first tens week of the Clausura.


The visitors even had the luxury of missing a first half penalty, with Dayro Moreno’s spectacular second half free-kick being enough to give Xolos all three points. 


Caixinha badly needs to find a solution to his side’s problems. They are bottom of the league and face difficult games against America and Monterrey in two of their next three matches.

 
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