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Mexicans Shine in Champions League

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 24: Chicharito of Bayer Leverkusen celebrates as he scores his team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart at BayArena on October 24, 2015 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Mexicans Shine in Champions League

Champions League action has returned, and that means The Stoppage Time has a lot to cover for Mexicans abroad. We saw some goals, assists, and big plays for the core of El Tri with their Euro clubs.

Raúl Jiménez, Benfica

On Tuesday, Raúl Jiménez and Benfica took on Turkish club Galatasaray in their group stage match. Raúl was given the start and he was very active throughout the game. Several chances came his way, but Galatasaray goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera, played on top of his game to deny Jiménez. Yet, while it was 1-1, Raúl crossed the ball to Luisão for the game winning goal in the 67th minute. Raúl was given one of the highest ratings of the game with a 7.7.

Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno, PSV

PSV had a big match against Wolfsburg at home, and both Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno got the start. Moreno helped PSV keep a talented Wolfsburg attack off the board. Meanwhile, Guardado took control of the midfield, and added a spectacular assist for the game-sealing goal. Moreno was given a 7.4 rating, and Guardado was given a 7.5.

Miguel Layún, Hector Herrera, Tecatito Corona, Raul Gudiño, FC Porto

FC Porto has been on fire in group stages, and Miguel Layún saw himself in the starting XI against Maccabi Tel Aviv. His control of the left wing was dominant, but it was in the 72nd minute where Layún scored a beauty to give FC Porto a 3-0 lead. Hector Herrera came in to play 28 minutes, and JesusTecatito” Corona was on the bench, but did not play. Layún was rated the second best player at 8.9.

Chicharito, Bayer Leverkusen

In the first meeting against Roma, Chicharito netted twice in a 4-4 thriller. On Wednesday night, Chicharito continued his fantastic form. After being down 0-2 earlier in the game, Bayer pulled one back in the 46th minute, and Chicharito made it even only five minutes later. Bayer would lose on a controversial play which gave Roma a winning penalty. Chicharito became the CONCACAF’s best Champions League scorer (12), and for the first time, two Mexicans scored on the same day in the tournament.

Mexicans catching fire at the right time

Russia 2018 feels like a long way away, but regional qualifiers start next week. With Mexicans playing high caliber football, along with having a rhythm this year with El Tri, opponents may have a handful. El Salvador comes into the Azteca on Friday, November 13, and looking at what Mexicans are doing in Europe, it could be a lopsided match.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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