Mexican Primera Division, Week 8: Monarcas Morelia, Queretaro Score Upset Wins

Profe Cruz has stopped being boring, Cruz Azul has Chaco back, and Atlante return to their homeland of Mexico City for a minor, sort of, half-way derby with Club America. It's Jornada 8 of the 2011 Apertura.

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Santos Laguna Vs. Chivas Guadalajara: Full Time, Saints Grab Credible Point

Santos Laguna did well to draw 1-1 against high flying Chivas Guadalajara on Saturday night, a good debut for new manager Benjamin Galindo, but it could have been so much better. Substitute striker Carlos Ochoa had a chance to score the winner in stoppage time, but missed an absolute sitter to keep the points split.

The teams came in with two completely different strategies, with Santos looking to play through their central playmaker, Daniel Ludeña, and Chivas looking to swing in crosses to their strikers. Chivas put an incredible 18 crosses into the box, but none of those resulted in a goal. 

After a scoreless first half, both teams were a little more lively in the second half. Santos took the lead quickly, in the 51st minute, thanks to Rafael Figueroa. He applied the finish, but it was a close range one made fairly easy by a ball in by Ludueña and a tip by goalkeeper Luis Michel, leaving the ball on a silver platter for Figueroa to hit home.

Chivas found their equalizer on the 71st minute through a fantastic free kick by Alberto Medina. The Mexican international gave Oswaldo Sanchez little chance to make a save with his shot from 20 yards out, rescuing a point for the goats.


Queretaro Vs. Pumas UNAM: Gallos Blancos Stun Heavy Favorites With Big Win

Pumas UNAM, after getting off to a fantastic start in the Mexican Primera, have now lost three consecutive league matches. If other matches don't go their way this week, they could end up falling from first place to outside of Liguilla places in a matter of just three matchdays, a stunning turn for the defending champions. Even more stunning than the losing streak is Saturday night's opponent and the margin of victory. After looking like the better side for the opening 30 minutes, Pumas were downright embarrassed in the final 60 minutes by relegation threatened Queretaro, who secured a 4-0 victory.

Carlos Bueno was the clear man of the match, scoring a hat trick. Minutes after having a near goal cleared off the line by David Cabrera, Bueno finally netted in the 38th minute and scored a second in quick succession, netting again in the 43rd minute. 

The second half started out with some handbags, because everyone loves handbags. Israel Martinez - who was having a great game - and Fernando Espinoza - who was not having a great game - were both shown straight red cards. In theory this should have been a win for Pumas, but this was not the case.

They continued to struggle mightily, as Bueno completed his hat trick in the 57th minute and Franco Neill completed the scoring on the 64th minute. Queretaro scored what appeared to be a good goal in the 85th minute, but it was disallowed, presumably because the officials felt bad for Pumas.

What's going wrong with the defending champs? It's tough to tell, but Guillermo Vasquez better figure it out.


Cruz Azul Vs. Monarcas Morelia: Joao Rojas Wins It At Death For Morelia

For 90 minutes neither Cruz Azul nor Monarcas Morelia did much of anything besides waste chances and not even come close on them. On one side a player would get free from 15 yards and blast it 10 yards over the cross bar. On the other side a player would have a pass available to put a teammate in on goal, but he would shoot wide from 25 yards instead. The match was the pinnacle of frustration and neither team deserved to win, but the Joao Rojas scored just before the fulltime whistle to give Morelia a 1-0 win. No, football isn't fair.

Rojas' goal was actually a nice one. Jaime Lozano had the ball at the top of the box and spotted Rojas making a good diagonal run so Lozano chipped the ball in behind the defense. Rojas got there and finished well to get Morelia the goal and the win, but it didn't erase 90 minutes of poor football.

Some might look to the match as exciting because most of the action was in the final third instead of the midfield, but taking speculative shots when the match calls for more patient and incisive play, well that's not exciting. Blasting away a chances instead of playing it cool and putting it on frame isn't exciting either. It was poor, but Morelia got three points so what can ya do?


Jaguares Chiapas Vs. Estudiantes Tecos: Full Time, Luis Gabriel Rey Guides Jags To 2-0 Win

Jaguares Chiapas and Estudiantes Tecos played a poor first 45 minutes at the Estadio 3 de Marzo in Guadalajara on Friday night, but Jaguares came alive in the second half, outplaying their opponents en route to a 2-0 win. Colombian striker Luis Gabriel Rey scored a brace, while the Jaguares defense looked great and Jackson Martinez made his return from a minor injury.

Rey's two goals came back to back in a matter of a couple of minutes, more or less putting the game to rest with a half hour remaining. The Jags defense has been mediocre at best this season, partially due to Profe Cruz moving away from his previous conservative five-man back line system, but they held strong to keep a clean sheet on Friday.

If you enjoyed Jaguares in Copa Libertadores last season - and if you saw them, you did - you might get a chance to see them in that competition again. The fourth, fifth, and sixth placed teams in Mexico head to South America's top continental competition, and Jaguares appear to be en route to a finish in that region.

Meanwhile, Tecos look like they're going to be contending with the Tijuana Xolos to avoid the drop this year, but this is nothing new for Tecos. They've been in this position multiple times before...and they've never been relegated.

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