Liga MX Apertura Round 2 Roundup: Newly promoted Lobos BUAP impress and another defeat for Coudet’s Tijuana

Let’s start this round-up off with Lobos BUAP. The wolves started their season with a 2-2 draw at home against Santos Laguna and followed it up with an impressive 4-0 win over Queretaro this weekend. Queretaro just edged past Club America last weekend but weren’t able to do the same against Lobos in front of their home fans.

Club America got back to winning ways this weekend as they beat Pachuca 2-0 away from home. Another disappointing result came for Tuzos who haven’t picked up a single point in their opening two games. Keisuke Honda still hasn’t made his debut for Pachuca but it looks like that won’t take too long from now on.

Another side that has lost both games so far is Veracruz. The sharks were 1-0 down inside a minute as Pabon fired Monterrey in front. Argentine defender Basanta got himself sent off for Rayados after 37 minutes but Veracruz was unable to exploit the one man advantage. 1-0.

In-form Atlas continued to impress as they edged past Pumas. Atlas found themselves 1-0 down early on but Barreiro equalised shortly after. Argentine forward Matias Alistuza scored the winner in the 71st minute. Atlas currently lead the Liga MX table with 6 points and have scored 5 goals in their first two games.

Another side that has won both games so far is Necaxa who were solid in front of their home fans and sent Eduardo Coudet’s boys back to Tijuana without a single point. A narrow 1-0 victory for Necaxa, who have started brightly to the Apertura. Tijuana will need to pick up some points next week as they face Monterrey in front of their own fans. A loss could build some big pressure on Coudet but the league is still in early stages so let’s not panic and give him some time, shall we?

Cruz Azul drew 1-1 with Chivas in a rather uneventful game and Brayan Angulo scored in both nets as Puebla also drew 1-1 against Monarcas. The defender opened the scoring as he connected to a free kick but levelled the game on the stroke of half time. It was a perfect example of being unlucky as Puebla’s goalie missed the ball and it bounced off his leg into his own goal. 1-1 the final score.

Last week’s hero Enner Valencia was less fortunate this week as he got himself sent off against Santos Laguna. Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring early on but Argentine striker Jonathan Furch levelled the game for Santos. Enner Valencia received his second yellow in the 77th minute but the score didn’t change. Both sides had plenty of chances but in the end neither of the teams will be too upset with a draw. Tigres are still unbeaten and sit in 3rd.

The last game that needs to be covered is Toluca vs Leon. Colombian forward Fernando Uribe gave Toluca a comfortable lead as he netted a quick brace just before half time. Sambueza extended their lead to 3-0 shortly after the break and Boselli scored a consolation goal for Leon as he converted a penalty late on.

There it is! Round 2 is over and we have a somewhat surprising leader in Atlas but of course, the Apertura is only two weeks old. Necaxa, Tigres and Lobos complete the top 4 while Leon, Tijuana, Veracruz and Pachuca are the only teams who haven’t picked up a single point.

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Vincent van Raam
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