As the season progresses, the headlines get more interesting. This week we saw several things go down on the pitch, good and bad, which deserve to be covered.
Here’s how week 9 happened in Liga MX…
A weekend plagued with injuries
It seemed like this season of Liga MX has had its fair share of knocks, but week 9 proved to be the worst one yet. The first of the weekend came during the Tijuana vs Pachuca match. Pachuca and El Tri winger Hirving Lozano has been known to get hacked down a bit due to his pace and dribbling which leaves defenders scrambling, but a take down by Jonathan Orozco in the 26th minute proved to be costly. Hirving suffered a serious gash on his ankle, and will need one month off the pitch to recover. This also means he will not play in March’s World Cup qualifiers.
Club América and Chivas saw one of their own taken off the field for good. In the 20th minute against Club León, Renato Ibarra made a dribble toward the attacking third, but Jorge Pereyra Díaz came in with clumsy slide tackle. Renato would suffer a broken ankle, resulting in the end of his Clausura 2017
For Chivas, Issac Brizuela was challenged by Rubens Sambueza, however, Sambueza came in and missed the ball and landed on Brizuela’s foot. The injury will sideline Brizuela for a month and a half.
A youngster emerges
If there was a good piece of news for Mexican football, it was Diego Lainez getting his first minutes for the Club América first team. At only 16 years old, the youngster made his first appearance earlier in the week in a Copa MX match against Santos Laguna. His performance was impressive enough to get him called up for the Liga MX match against Club León, and again, he did not disappoint.
With great dribbling and control, look out for Diego Lainez more this season. He looks comfortable, even though he is only 16 years old. It is an exciting time for both Club América and Mexico.
- Pachuca 3, Tijuana 2
- Club América 1, Club León 1
- Cruz Azul 2, Chiapas 0
- Monterrey 4, Querétaro 1
- Morelia 1, Veracruz 0
- Necaxa 1, Atlas 1
- Chivas 2, Toluca 0
- Tigres 2, Puebla 0
- Pumas 2, Santos Laguna 1
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