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It was a goals-packed weekend in Mexico’s top flight, with four of the nine games seeing four goals or more.
Cruz Azul slump continues after Week 6 rout in Liga MX
08/25/2015
 
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by Dan Price


It was a goals-packed weekend in Mexico’s top flight, with four of the nine games seeing four goals or more.


The highest scoring game was Cruz Azul’s loss against Queretaro.


Queretaro 4-2 Cruz Azul

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Cruz Azul are a club that are now verging on crisis mode. Four defeats from six so far is a miserable return, and with three defeats in their last three, the slump shows no sign of abating.


Their two goals scored against Queretaro on Friday night flattered them. They were 3-0 down moments after half time, and their second came into deep into added time when Queretaro had the game well sown up. Tito Villa was the star of the show for the hosts, as he grabbed a well-deserved hat-trick.


Their four defeats have come against Morelia, Chiapas, Tijuana, and now Queretaro. All four of them are games that they should be winning if they have serious post-season ambitions. The fact that one of their two wins came against leaders Club Leon will be of little consolation.


Worryingly, a look ahead to the Tabla de Descenso in 2016-17 shows Cruz Azul down in 13th. They are far from safe.


On the bright side, veteran forward Matias Vuoso was responsible for their two goals after coming on at half time for Fausto Pinto. He has surely done enough to deserve a start in their next game against Club America.

Puebla 3-2 Pachuca

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Another of the weekend’s most thrilling matches was Puebla’s somewhat unexpected triumph over Pachuca.


For the second time in three league games Pachuca raced into a 2-0 first half lead, with goals from Ariel Nahuelpan and Rodolfo Pizarro putting them in a commanding position after just sixteen minutes.


Puebla refused to lie down, however. After entering the season as one of the relegation favourites, they had already picked up three wins from four prior to this weekend, and their new-found confidence shone.


Luis Rey pulled one back from the spot on the stroke of half time, and four minutes after the restart he struck again to tie the match at 2-2. The comeback was complete in the 54th minute, when Gustavo Alustiza powered home the third.


The win moves Puebla up to fourth. They could go joint top if they win their game in hand against Monterrey.

Chiapas 3-1 Morelia

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Morelia were the major surprise of the opening weeks on the season, picking up three straight wins against Cruz Azul, Tigres, and Toluca.


That positivity has rapidly vanished, with their 3-1 loss to Chiapas marking their third consecutive loss. Pablo Velazquez had given them an early lead, but a goal from Luis Venegas and a brace from Aviles Hurtado quickly turned the game around.


Morelia are undoubtedly in a three-way relegation fight with Chivas and Dorados. With winnable games against Tijuana and Queretaro to come, they need to improve quickly. 

 
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