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Week 8 of the Liga MX season was one of the most dramatic so far, with goals, controversial decisions, and epic comebacks.
Leon lose first game of the season in spectacular style
09/14/2015
 
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By Dan Price


Week 8 of the Liga MX season was one of the most dramatic so far, with goals, controversial decisions, and epic comebacks.


Pumas UNAM emerged from the chaos as the new league leaders, while Santos Laguna hauled themselves off the bottom for the first time in 6 weeks.


Chiapas 6-2 Leon

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The game of the weekend was unquestionably Chiapas vs Leon in Tuxtla Gutierrez.


Chiapas went into the game off the back of a chastening 4-1 away at Chivas, while Leon were undefeated and sat at the head of the table.


Prior to the game Leon were once again being spoken of as title contenders by the media – but by the time the game was over, Leon’s claims to being back to their best were utterly blown away.


The damage was done in a scintillating opening twelve minutes. Aviles Hurtado put the hosts one up after a minute, Silvio Romero doubled the lead after ten minutes, and Leon were still reeling when Romero scored his second and Chiapas’ third 90 seconds later.


Boselli pulled one back after half an hour, but hopes of a comeback were extinguished after halftime. By the 60th minute Chiapas had fired in another three goals and led 6-1, with Romero getting his hat-trick along the way.


Marco Bueno got Leon’s second with 15 minutes remaining, but it was never more than a consolation goal.


Leon slipped to second with the defeat, while Chiapas moved up to sixth.

Pachuca 3-4 Toluca

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Pachuca have developed a nasty habit of throwing away comfortable leads in recent weeks, and this game was no different.


In Week 4 they lost 4-3 to Monterrey having led 2-0 after 30 minutes, and they repeated the trick two weeks later when they led Puebla 2-0 after 15 minutes only to lose 3-2.


It means this defeat was the third time in eight games they’ve let a two goal lead slip – but this was arguably worst so far. Both their previous loses were away from home, but on Saturday they led 3-1 in front of their own fans at half time.


Theirs is undoubtedly a lack of confidence in the side; they are now winless in their last six league outings and have fallen to a lowly 16th in the table, tied on seven points along with bottom side Cruz Azul, Santos Laguna, and Chivas.


If they don’t improve soon boss Diego Alonso could see his tenure come to a premature end.

America 0-1 Tigres UANL

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America vs Tigres was supposed to be the tie of the round, but in the end the referee stole the headlines.


Tigres took the lead courtesy of an Andre-Pierre Gignac penalty just before the half hour mark, but then the drama started.


America captain Rubens Sambueza was sent off in the 42nd minute for insulting the official, and two minutes later in-form striker Dario Benedetto followed him down the tunnel for a rash lunge on Jesus Duenas. In the second half Tigres’ Jurgen Damm saw red, with most onlookers believing America’s Michael Arroyo should have been sent off instead.


Ten-man Tigres ultimately held on against their nine-man opponents, and have now won four consecutive games to move up to fifth in the table.

 
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