The biggest rivalry in Mexico took place on Saturday night and it proved to be an enjoyable battle. Chivas and Club América may have been on the opposite sides of the table, but the ferocity of the rivalry was never in doubt. Despite being in a strong spot in the standings, América didn’t have room to slack in this match, especially with other teams creeping up behind them.
Chivas didn’t look like a team at the bottom of the barrel, as they pressed and pushed forward on América quite often in the first half. A lot of hard-fought plays got them close but it was in the 21st minute when a won heading pass found José de Jesús Godínez in stride to put Chivas up, 1-0.
The celebration by the home team in Estadio Akron was short-lived, however, as Oribe Peralta got the ball to his feet in the 26th minute, turned on Oswaldo Alanís, and blasted home a left-footed goal. The 1-1 scoreline would stand until halftime, and ultimately, the final score of the match.
Puebla is no joke, takes down Monterrey
Outside of the national rivalry, one of the biggest matches we saw was that of Puebla and Monterrey. Over the past few weeks, Puebla had been rising in the standings and not many people were sure what to make of it. On Saturday, we now know that this team has a special chemistry.
Although they fell, 0-1, early on, a three-goal turnaround had fans in Estadio BBVA Bancomer left in shock. Puebla winning on the road against a strong Monterrey side has fans believing that their form is not to be taken lightly.
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- Monarcas Morelia 2, Atlas 1
- Querétaro 1, Cruz Azul 0
- Club León 3, Pumas 0
- Santos Laguna 2, Necaxa 1
- Toluca 2, Pachuca 0
- Tigres 2, Veracruz 0