Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Last results of the Jornada 7

For those of you wondering, here are the results of the games on Sunday. I was only able to watch one so that is the one I will do a bigger coverage on.

Pumas              1 - 2     Cruz Azul
Tijuana            1 - 1     Querétaro
Monarcas         0 - 0     Puebla

And the game I was able to watch  was …. Pumas vs Cruz Azul. Now this is not a big rivalry but it always turns out to be a good game. For a little bit of history, Pumas has suffered most of their loses in their home field to Cruz Azul, with 22 years loses in their entire time playing against each other. While this may not seem like a lot, you got to  keep in mind that they only play each other twice per year and only once in their respective home field, so that  would be like saying for 22 pumas has not beaten Cruz Azul at home. But lets get back to the game. There was some intensity at first with both teams trying to make the first goal. Though at first Pumas almost capitalized off of a bad pass by the defense, Cruz Azul turned up the pace and ended up getting the first goal by Gerardo Flores, with was quickly followed by a goal by Martín Bravo to even out the results. Not much else happened the first half. However during the second half Luis Fuentes ended up receiving a red card resulting in Pumas playing with only ten players. Now Cruz Azul tried taking advantage of their extra player and keep on attacking leading to Adrián Cortés scoring the game winning goal around the 72nd minute. After that goal Pumas tried to score but came so close near the end of the game with a shot from Treviño but he ended up hitting the pole and the ball bouncing out. After that the game ended and Cruz Azul added another win against pumas.

Hopefully I can watch a couple more games for next week by either streaming them at the library or going out, but I will try to give details on a couple of games.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jornada 7

Alright, seeing as I was only able to see two of the five game yesterday I will first off give the overall results and then go back and talk about the games.

Pachuca          2 - 0     América
San Luis          2 - 0     Chivas
Monterrey       2 - 0     Santos Laguna
Atlante             2 - 1     Estudiantes Tecos
Atlas                0 - 1     Tigres

First off I will say that these game were pretty entertaining but a lot of the teams recived a lot of yellow and red cards. A total of five player were expelled from the games because they accumulated a red card and thus they will miss the next games.

But to get on track, the first game I was able to see was Monterrey-Santos Laguna. Like I have said before, I will be watching as many Monterrey games as I can since they are the rivals of Tigres and it is always good to keep an eye out on your rival. However this game turned out to be more interesting than I thought, with Monterrey taking the lead in the first half with a goal from Luis Perez but also losing a player due to a red card.
Luis Perez's (number 8) shot on gol giving Monterrey the lead

Then during the second half Santos tried to take advantage of their extra player and made some good attempts but the goalkeeper did a good job of stopping those, and then in a good attack Humberto Suazo ended up scoring off of a cross and put the game 2-0. After that Santos wanted their goal but were unable and thus the game ended.

Next up was San Luis-Chivas. Seeing as Chivas is the leading with the most points, I was certain that they would have beat San Luis but this game turned into a total surprise to me. The first half was filled with attacks by both team but a couple more attempts by San Luis. However as the second half took off San Luis took the lead with a goal by Michael Arroyo Mina, which was quickly followed by Chivas trying to make a comeback. However San Luis did a good job defensively to stop Chivas at just about every attempt and after a great pass to Macnelly Torre, Torre scored the second goal and thus put guaranteed San Luis the victory.

Though I was unable to watch the Atlas-Tigres game, I am happy that they were able to get another win and bring them closer to the first spot. Hopefully I will be able to post tomorrow if not Tuesday about the results of today’s games.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Unfortunate Circumstances

Hmm where to start, well first off I am sorry once again for the late post but it turns out the homeowner canceled his internet subscription and that lead to me losing mine as well. Therefore, since I do not have internet nor cable, since I just moved, I haven’t been able to watch many soccer games other than the ones they show at the bars and the ones I do I can not blog about since I don’t have internet at home. Luckily I found a library a couple of miles away from my house and seeing as its free, thank god, I should be on track with my post for a while. But since I didn’t see many games from last week I would will do this again

Estudiantes     2 - 1     Pachuca
Cruz Azul        2 - 1     Tijuana
Querétaro        1 - 2     Jaguares
Tigres              1 - 0     San Luis – Hell yeah.
América           5 - 2     Atlas
Puebla             2 - 1     Pumas
Chivas             2 - 1     Monterrey
Toluca             2 - 1     Atlante

What I did find out was that Santos vs. Monarcas was canceled because there was a shooting right outside the stadium and the fans plus the players were put on lockdown and told to hid on the lower level of the field and in the changing rooms. Though I still do not know all the details, due to lack of TV and internet I do know that this game will not be rescheduled unfortunately.

As for this Jornada the first game was played on Friday and it turned out to be a tie between Toluca and Jaguares. There are five more games to be played today and three more left for Sunday.

Hopefully, I will be able to get satellite TV or direct TV installed in my house so that I can at least watch the games. But for know I will just be going off of the games I see at the bars and the results I get online.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Changes in the League

I can not believe I am actually saying this but Tigres has just confirmed that Carlos Salcido will officially be a part of the team after he passed his medical exams. He is said to begin training with the rest of the team starting Wednesday. For those who do not know, Salcido is currently on loan form English soccer team Fulham and is also a starter for the Mexican international team. All I can say is that with such a great defender joining the team, I hope to see great things come from the team and hopefully they will be able to win more games and not end up in draws like most of their games.
Another recent event is the new coach that Querétaro just hired, José Saturnino Cardozo. He said in his recent initiation that he is very happy to be able to coach in Mexico, having been a former soccer player for Toluca, and even though Querétaro is still in danger of descending into the second division, he plans on taking them off of the chopping block and even qualifying for a chance to win the Apertura.
Thought it is still quite early in the season to be sure of anything, all I can say is that it looks like the season is still getting better.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Jornada 5

Okay. sorry I did not post after the first game on Friday but I decided to go with the same post style of last time, giving an overall results of all the games. So to start off, the results were
     Tijuana vs Puebla        1-1           Pumas vs Santos     1-1
      Atlante vs Queretaro  1-3      Estudiantes vs Atlas      2-0     
     Pachuca vs Toluca       3-0          Tigres  vs America   2-2
     Jaguares vs Cruz Azul 1-1        San Luis vs Monterrey 1-0
      Morelia vs Chivas       1-2

 Now that the results are known I will elaborate on some of the more interesting games.
First off lets talk about the Pumas-Santos games. Though during the first half both teams tried to take the lead, Santos was under a sort of dry spell since they had not been able to score against Pumas in their home field for a long time. However they soon broke that with an incredible goal by Oribe Peralta at the 57th minute. However Pumas was not really happy losing at home so they started taking back control and the last twenty minutes Pumas did everything they could to take back the lead. They did not pull of the win but they got a draw thanks to Eduardo Herrera Aguirre at the 79th minute. After that the game started to get a bit dirty with a foul commit against Carlos Quintero by Marco Palacios after Quintero crashed with the goalkeeper Palacios, Marco's brother, which resulted in Carlos and Marco both getting a yellow card, leading to Marco being kick out of the game for accumulating two yellow cards.After that Santiago Hoyos received a red card for a foul preventing an attempt on goal. Though it is not the result either team wanted, they still received one point each, putting Pumas in the lead with 11pts.
Peralta celebrating with his team after scoring the first goal against Pumas

 Now for the game I wanted to talk about, Tigres vs America. Now since just moved and I am surrounded by nothing but America fans, you can understand why I was unable to post on Saturday. This game started off really good which lead to America scoring an incredible goal at the 16th minute by Christian Benítez. After that America started to play a more defensive game and Tigres decided to take advantage of this and dominate the midfield. By the second half, Tigres came out wanting to take the lead and that is exactly what they did. At the 66th minute, Manciilla took a shot at goal that was deflected by the defense of America which lead to an own goal. After that America tried to come back and ended up missing an incredible shot on goal, which was quickly followed with a goal by Héctor Mancilla at the 83rd minute thanks to a pass by Danilinho making the score 2-1. However the America being the team they are ended up tying the game in the last minutes Renato González. After that not much happened and the game ended. You can just imagine my disappointment when in the last minutes of the game Tigres lost the lead and gained another draw. But for those of you who want to watch the goals I just described, just watch this video.

As for the rest of the week I will be blogging about the end of the Supercopa and the start of the Spanish league.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Overview of the past weeks

Sorry I have not been updating this for a while, but just finished moving and I am still truing to settle in. For those of you wondering I just moved into Mexico because i  plan on going to a couple of games. But still that is no excuse so I will make a quick summary of the recent games that occurred.

                                             Jornada 2
    Cruz Azul   vs Atlas           2-1    Queretaro     vs TIgres       0-0
    Santos        vs Atlamte       3-0    Montererry  vs Tijuana     4-2
    San Luis     vs Estudiantes  2-1    Monarcas    vs Pumas      0-1
     Toluca       vs America      1-1    Puebla          vs Pachuca    2-2
     Chivas       vs Jaguares      2-1                      

                                             Jornada 3             
      America   vs Estudiantes  1-2       Pachuca  vs Cruz Azul   1-0
      Tigres      vs Toluca          2-2        Atlas        vs Queretaro   3-0
      Arlante     vs Puebla         5-1        Pumas    vs Monterrey   2-1

Unfortunately Tijuana, Chivas, Jaguares, Santos, San Luis and Monarcas did not play there matches because some of the teams had conflicting games in the Liga de Campeones and the             World football challenge. They will face off on the 2nd and 3rd of September.

                                             Jornada 4
    Cruz Azul  vs Atlante        2-1       Queretaro  vs Pachuca  2-1
    Santos       vs Tijuana       1-3       Chivas        vs Pumas     0-0
    Monterrey  vs Monarcas  2-0        Toluca       vs Atlas        0-0
    Puebla        vs Juguares    1-2        Estudiantes vs Tigres     0-1

Again another match was put on hold between America and San Luis due to America being in a match between Barcelona in the World Football Challenge. They will face off on the 14th of September.
And that is all up to now. However, I will be sure to update tomorrow after the game between Monarcas vs Chivas.