Week 3 action in the Liga MX Clausura 2014 season has left us plenty to talk about and analyze going forward. What has become a main talking point during the Clausura season in its early stages has been the performance or the failures of some referee decisions or non-decisions which played a role in their respective games. In addition to that, this weekend’s action has also left us with what will be a very tight relegation zone battle thanks to the outcome of one particular game.
Action got underway on Friday as Monarcas Morelia notched their first win in the Clausura season by beating Tigres UANL 2-0. While Tigres started strong they faded as the game went along, and as a result of only having one point in three games, serious questions will be asked about the job security of Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferreti given the questions surrounding him entering the season to go along with the controversy he has created in-season to date.
In the game of the weekend, we had a rematch of the Apertura 2013 final as Club America hosted Leon, but that was ultimately overshadowed by the performance of referee Paul Delgadillo. Club America would win the game 1-0 thanks to Raul Jimenez scoring on a penalty. This was the source of much controversy while Leon will feel hard done by a non-penalty call that should have been made in their favor in the first-half as Carlos Peña was fouled.
In other Saturday action, Chivas continues to play itself towards being safe from the relegation zone as they tied 1-1 against Veracruz and notched their fifth point of the Clausura season. While many will question why Chivas did not do more to try and win the game given that Veracruz played with 10 for a good part of the second-half, the fact is that this team under Jose Luis Real continues to show an identity and is in a process of finding its footing.
Both Monterrey and Pachuca, two teams who were in a situation where they needed wins in order to calm things around them, notched home wins on Saturday as they won 3-1 and 2-1 respectively against Queretaro and Xolos de Tijuana. In Pachuca’s case, the issue of officiating mistakes has taken some attention away from their improved play as a foul that annulled a Xolos goal appeared to not be a foul at all. Cruz Azul is seemingly beginning to also find its identity with Luis Fernando Tena at the helm as it logged a 1-0 win away from home against Jagauares Chiapas with much criticized Mauro Formica scoring the only goal of the game.
Going into their game against Atlas, Atlante found themselves last in the tabla de descenso (relegation table) and eight points behind their rivals. With this in mind, a loss would have put them on the verge of being relegated. With new coach Pablo Marini, Atlante was able to take advantage of a Narciso Mina to win 1-0 and not only close the gap with Atlas in the relegation table to five points but also give themselves a chance of survival if they can string a few wins together and Atlas continues to lose. In the final game of the weekend, Pumas UNAM increased the pressure on themselves and their bad momentum by losing to Toluca 2-0.