After an interesting opening weekend to the 2014 Clausura season in the Liga MX, Week 2 action continued providing with some major talking points as it was a weekend of action that had some unexpected results, some controversial referee decisions and a coach being fired only two games into the season. Needless to say, it was your typical midseason weekend in Mexico’s first division.
Week 2 action went underway with Queretaro winning another game that continues to give them safety from the relegation zone as it defeated Pumas UNAM 1-0 at home. Queretaro could not have been asked for a better start as coach Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Ambriz has created a side who is compact and sound. Pumas on the other hand, once again find themselves dealing with an immense amount of pressure as after having given away a 2-0 lead last week to finished drawing 2-2, one point from their first two games is clearly not acceptable for a team expected to show more this Clausura.
In the other Friday game, new Club America coach Antonio Mohamed went back to Tijuana as he led his new team against his old team, Xolos de Tijuana in a game much anticipated because of this backstory. It was a game where America started the game strong and was the better team the first 20-25 minutes. But after Xolos found themselves, they were the better team who created the better scoring chances. Christian Pellerano scored the only goal of the game to give Cesar Farias his first win as coach as they began to clearly assimilate what Farias’ tactically wants out of his team.
In the most anticipated game of the weekend, Cruz Azul showed some serious fight and determination. Down 1-0 to Santos Laguna, they scored two goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to pull out a 2-1 win. Santos will feel picked on by a referee decision that left it with 10 men late in the first half. As for Cruz Azul, forward Jerome Amione came on and gave the attack they needed with partner Mariano Pavone as he ended up scoring the game-tying goal and assisting on the game-winning goal.
In Veracruz in a game between two relegation-threatened teams, Veracruz beat Atlante 2-1 on a goal in the final minutes as Atlante blew another game it could have won. Aside from that, the other news to come out of this game was the dismissal of Atlante coach Ruben Israel as coach of the team in what is clearly a panic move from a team who barring a miracle will be relegated to the Liga Ascenso. In the final Saturday game, defending champions Leon made their season debut at home as they easily beat Atlas 3-1 in a game where Leon midfielder Carlos Peña confirmed his status as the best Mexican player in the Liga MX by scoring two goals and being fouled so Luis Montes could score the third Leon goal from a free kick.
In action on Sunday, Monarcas Morelia played to a 2-2 draw against Toluca. Referee decisions once again factored into being the storyline of the game as both coaches, Carlos Bustos of Morelia and Jose Cardozo of Toluca, wanted to let referee Roberto Garcia have a piece of their mind at halftime. In the final game of the week, Chivas continued with its strong start to this season as they beat Chiapas 1-0 with Aldo De Nigris scoring the winner as the ‘Rebaño Sagrado’ continues to show improvement with Jose Luis Real as coach while starting strong in order to leave the threat of the relegation zone behind.