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Liga MX: Week Three Recap; Too Many Goose Eggs

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AGUASCALIENTES, MEXICO - JANUARY 20: Ronaldo Cisneros of Chivas celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during the third round match between Necaxa and Chivas as part of Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX at Victoria Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Aguascalientes, Mexico. (Photo by Jam Media/Getty Images)

Liga MX is known for a lot of wild scorelines and wide open counter-attacking play. This weekend, however, we saw a very unusual and bizarre amount of 0-0 scorelines. Yet, there were a few goals scored over the weekend, and one of those teams putting the ball in the back of the net was Chivas, who needed to catch a rhythm in the early season.

Here’s a recap of what went down in Mexico…

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Pachuca toys with Lobos BUAP

When it comes to the relegation situation in Mexico, Lobos BUAP, who is newly promoted, needs to start getting wins. On Saturday, their risky play did not pay off. Pachuca showed why they are starting to become a name to be reckoned with, and after ten minutes of play, Ángelo Sagal scored on a corner kick to put the home team up, 1-0.

Fourteen minutes after the first goal was scored, Lobos BUAP was called for a penalty which Franco Jara put away with ease. Pachuca youngster Érick Aguirre scored a beautiful goal by dribbling past the keeper in the 40th minute to put the game out of reach, 3-0. Now, Lobos BUAP did pull one back in the 48th minute, but Pachuca was just too strong down the stretch and finished the game, 3-1. It is also important to note that Pachuca’s big signing last season in Keisuke Honda had two assists on the game, which bodes well for Pachuca looking forward.

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Chivas gets a big road win over Necaxa

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It was not a picture perfect start for Chivas in the season, but Saturday night they got off on the right foot. After a great linkup play, Alan Pulido put the road team up, 1-0, in the 10th minute. Necaxa regained possession over Chivas the rest of the way, though, and found the back of the net in the 45th minute with a goal from Carlos Espínola.

Chivas took over the game in the second half, leaving Necaxa behind. In the 65th minute, new signing Ronaldo Cisneros put away a poacher style left-footed goal. To make matters worse for Necaxa, Edwin Hernández scored via free-kick in the 89th minute, almost unintentionally, to end the game, 3-1.

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Other scores

  • Club América 0, Pumas 0
  • Tigres 0, Querétaro 0
  • Club León 0, Cruz Azul 0
  • Monterrey 0, Tijuana Xolos 0
  • Puebla 2, Veracruz 0
  • Toluca 3, Atlas 1
  • Santos Laguna 1, Monarcas Morelia 0

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