Week 4 of the Liga MX Clausura 2014 season got started as Santos Laguna continued their early season struggles. They drew 0-0 away to Queretaro to record their third draw in the first four weeks of the season despite coming in as a title favorite.
This week’s action was bookended with Chivas continuing to remain unbeaten as they drew 1-1 away to Atlante. It was their third draw away from home this season, and now the issue of a lack of finish in the final third will become a topic of discussion despite them being unbeaten so far.
Friday night action was closed out with Xolos Tijuana defeating Monarcas Morelia 1-0 in what ended up being the last game coached for Morelia coach Carlos Bustos, who made his announcement the following day. Saturday’s action saw plenty of scoring and drama as everything began with current league leaders Cruz Azul celebrating their 50th anniversary in the Mexican first division by defeating Veracruz 4-0.
In the most intriguing game of the weekend, Pumas UNAM won the ‘Clasico Universitario’ as it defeated Tigres UANL 2-1 thanks to two second-half goals from forward Martin Bravo. They recorded their first win of the Clausura season while condemning Tigres coach Ricardo Ferretti to a week full of questions ahead of the ‘Clasico Regiomontano’ game against Monterrey next Saturday.
Speaking of Monterrey, they too will face many questions this upcoming week as it lost 2-0 to co-leaders Toluca (who are technically second on goal differential) in a game which the latter played efficiently.
In the first of this weekend’s games between “brothers”, Pachuca pulled off a surprising upset 3-1 win over Leon. It was by far the worst game that Leon have played in the last 6-7 months as they looked like a team who played with no passion, no desire and no mental engagement.
In other most intriguing game of the weekend, Atlas continued their relegation zone perils despite taking an 1-0 first-half lead over Club America with a goal from Rodrigo Millar, América forward Luis Gabriel Rey scored two sensational goals in the second half to give America a 2-1 win and their first victory away from home this season.
In the other game of the weekend between “brothers”, Jaguares de Chiapas were able to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat Puebla 3-2. The win helped Jaguares distance itself from relegation while putting Puebla in further danger to cap off what was a wild Week 4 of the Clausura season.