So far the the first Jornada, or first match, is pretty much complete with a total of 5 games having taken place on the 23rd.
To start off Pachuca received Santos and it turned out to be a great show, at least for Santos who ended up showing us how they plan to play this season by taking an astonishing lead of 3-0 by half time and finishing it out with a 4-1 victory. Pachuca will have to start playing a lot better if they want to make it in the top eight position in the group.
Afterwords Tijuana faced off against Monarcas. Being that this was Tijuana's first game in the First Division, they came in to show that the new team can play at their level. With an early goal from Santos, they managed to bring in a tie by then end of the first half, leaving the score 1-1. Unfortunately, Santos managed to score a second goal around the 85 minute, giving them three points to start off the season. Seeing as club Tijuana is not much older than 5yo, I would say that this team has a lot of potential to get better seeing as how the managed to move up to the First Division quite quickly.
Next we have the game between Puebla and Atlas. While not much happened during the first half, at the start of the second half Puebla made an early goal at around the 54th minute of the game and that was the only goal scored during the match. Not much later it was followed by Lucas Silva receiving two yellow cards and resulting in him being the first player to receive a red card this season. The end result was Puebla beating Atlas 1-0.
At the same time as the the Puebla - Atlas game, Chivas face off against Atlante. With Chivas being a huge team favorite in all of Mexico, they made sure to show that they are one of the beast teams in the league taking a late lead in the second half but winning the encounter 2-0.
Now we move on to the game you have been waiting for, Tigres vs Cruz Azul. Since the game was played in Tigres' home stadium Estadio Universitario de San Nicolás, Nuevo León, they had the home advantage and came off strong at the start of the of the first half and tried their best to dominate the midfield. However Cruz Azul was able to break through Tigres' defense and take the lead 1-0. After that goal, Tigres was unable to dominate anymore because Cruz Azul had started to attack more and more seeing as they knew they could break through the defense. After a close goal by Cruz Azul in around the 26th minute, Tigres started to get back in rythem and thanks to a bad pass by Gerardo Torrado in the the defensive box, Héctor Mancilla was able to score easily and bring the game into a tie at the 37th minute. By the second half it was clear that Tigres wanted to win and they showed it, but they just lacked the creativity and ability to finish and score, thus the result remaining a tie of 1-1. While Cruz Azul made changes in his players to hold off defensively, Tigres' manager Ricardo Ferretti made no changes to the initial squad because he felt that the players were each doing their job as they were supposed to and he felt making a subsitution would damage the team dynamic.
If this the Tigres that plans on playing the rest of the season, I only hope that they can continue to hold onto the ball and start creating more plays in order to score.