As this very important year of football heats up, we have a lot of action surrounding Mexico and all of its games. This past weekend had many storylines, so let’s get right to it.
Here is a breakdown of what fans need to know…
Andrés Guardado gets a goal, Real Betis fall to Celta Vigo
Mexico’s captain, or at least one of them, had a great game on Monday on the road against Celta Vigo. He went the full 90 minutes, which included converting a penalty late in the match. However, the goal only brought the game to 2-3 for Real Betis at the end of the match.
Carlos Salcedo shining in Germany
Gone are the days when Carlos Salcedo had to cross his fingers to see the pitch with his European club. He is now a full-time starter at Eintracht Frankfurt and he went the full 90 minutes against Borussia Monchengladbach in a 2-0 win. The victory for Frankfurt brings them to 2nd in the Bundesliga.
Hirving scores golazo, maintains spot at #1 in Eredivisie scoring
Arguably Mexico’s best attacker, Hirving Lozano found the net again in PSV’s 2-0 victory against FC Twente. It was an all-important goal for the 22-year-old, as it boosted him back to the top spot in the Dutch league as top league scorer.
Other Mexicans abroad notes
- Raúl Jiménez came in for Benfica during the 75th minute in the 1-1 draw with Beleneses.
- Omar Govea, who was denied a chance to play in Mexico’s January 31 game, scored an important goal for Royal Mouscron in their 2-0 win over KV Mechelen.
- Memo Ochoa started and went the full 90 minutes in the 3-3 draw with Anderlecht.
- Miguel Layún has completed his move to Sevilla from FC Porto.
- Junior Maleck continues to shine for the FC Porto U19, as he scored four goals in a 7-0 victory. His goal tally is 14 since making his move from Santos Laguna.
Quick week 4 Liga MX breakdown and scores
A big win for Chivas on the road last week against Necaxa was short lived when Monterrey came in and stole the show in their home. Despite leveling the game early in the second half, Chivas didn’t have a long time to celebrate, as Monterrey took the lead with a goal from Avilés Hurtado. The game final score ended 2-1 for Monterrey.
Club América quietly continues to snag points, as they claimed a 1-0 win at a home over Atlas. It was not a beautiful game, to be honest, but Bruno Valdez’s header was all América needed. Also, new signing Jérémy Ménez finally made his first appearance in a Club América shirt when he was subbed in during the second half.
- Tigres 3, Pachuca 2
- Lobos BUAP 1, Pumas 1
- Necaxa 4, Club León 0
- Toluca 1, Cruz Azul 1
- Veracruz 1, Santos Laguna 1
- Monarcas Morelia 1, Querétaro 0
- Tijuana Xolos 2, Puebla 0
Guzmán, Pulido out of Bosnia friendly
It is a sad day for El Tri fans, as news of Víctor Gúzman’s injury was worse than first thought. He has a torn knee ligament which will require surgery and at minimum six months off the field. This is a heartbreaking blow to a player who has been lighting up the league and deserved a major chance to earn a spot in Russia.
Chivas striker Alan Pulido will also miss the Bosnia match on Wednesday due to a bothered ankle. There is no indication that it is a serious injury, but precautions will be made and he will not join the team.
Juan Carlos Osorio has called up Monterrey midfielder Jesús Molina in place of Víctor Guzmán after news of his knee injury was confirmed. However, no player will replace Alan Pulido’s spot for the match.