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02/25/2014
 

La maquina cementera has rolled over their competition in the last seven games with the only blemish being a 0-0 against Monterrey in week 1.  Since then, the Azulinos have left a trail of goals that put them at the top of the league table in the Clausura 2014.  However, this week they face their toughest opponent to date, Toluca FC.


Cruz Azul will host the "Red Devils" at the Azul Stadium on Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 in week 9.  Toluca are just three points behind the maquina and are on a three game winning streak.  The chorizeros’ last victim was Chivas de Guadalajara.  Despite the win, it was a tough contest with both teams playing to 0-0 until the 89th minute when Isaac Brizuela put Toluca ahead 1-0 at the Nemesio Diez Stadium.


The Azulinos will be hosting at the Azul where they have won their three games so far this season outscoring their opponents 7-1.  They have not conceded a goal on home turf since week 2.  In week 8 Cruz Azul destroyed Queretaro FC 3-1, team that was going through a good pace at the time of the game.


Queretaro managed to put the ball in the net first, but gave up three by the end.  Once the maquina cementera gained momentum, they were unstoppable and dominated the game.  Once they get rolling, it seems there is nothing to stop Coach Luis Fernando Tena’s players on the pitch.


Mauro Formica and Marco Fabian are firing on all cylinders, with Cristian “Chaco” Gimenez starting to get more minutes on the field.  Cruz Azul can also welcome the fact that Peru 2005 U-17 champion Pablo Barrera is recovering well and should be back to training with the first squad at the La Noria training grounds in the next couple of days.  These players make a difference on the field and their full incorporation will give Cruz Azul a bigger advantage over their opponents.


Toluca are impressing with Paraguayan Pablo Velasquez on attack.  The chorizeros striker is currently in the second position in the goal scoring table.  Despite this lead, he was not successful in scoring against Chivas’ defense last game which means that a tough marker could keep him from getting through.  The Cruz Azul defense will have to be on the lookout for a counter-attack from the speedy South American.


The game is the most attractive of the week with both teams well ahead of their closest rivals.  Toluca has a 5 point lead over Pumas UNAM.  A loss by either team would really not change the leaderboard.  However, a surprise loss by the Azulinos could have the chorizeros jump over them to take over at the top La Liga MX.



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