Liga Bancomer MX - Goals galore in kick off of 2013 Apertura
By Kim Tate
Spectators and fans were in for a real treat during kick off of the 2013 Apertura. 10 goals were scored between both games in a feisty doubleheader between Querétaro and Monarcas Morelia, followed by Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente and Atlas de Guadalajara. Both games were shown live in the United States thanks to a deal with ESPN which will broadcast certain matches throughout the season across ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes.
The final score bewteen Querétaro and Morelia ended 3-1 in favor of Morelia at the Estadio La Corregidora in Querétaro, where Chilean forward Hector Mancilla was at it again, proving to the world why he won the Golden Boot twice in Liga MX and is ranked as one of the top 20 strikers in the world. The 32 year old played a hand in every game scored for Morelia, including two assists and goal of his own.
The first goal game in the 28th minute when Mancilla made a run up the left hand side and fed newcomer Edgar Andrade in the middle. Andrade seemed to lose his footing with a defender close at his heels, but he craftily used his skill to ultimately beat him and sunk a shot from just inside the 18 yard box. It was the first goal scored in the 2013 Apertura, and Andrade's first goal for Morelia in his first regular season appearance.
Mancilla was at it again only 30 seconds into the second half, when he passed back to Ecuador’s Jefferson Montero who was close to the midfield point and made a run off open play, chipping a high ball into the right corner of the net, beating the Querétaro 'keeper.
In the 74th minute, Mancilla found the back of the net when Montero fed him a ball from the middle, putting Morelia up by three and almost certainly sealing the deal.
Querétaro was able to get one back in the 88th minute, when a corner kick met the head of Dionicio Escalante, who bounced his header high enough for Mario Osuna to capitalize and get one on the board for the hosts. It wasn't enough for a comeback though, and Morelia walked away with their three points on the road.
Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente vs. Altas de Guadalajara
Atlas came back in beastmode fashion for a point on the road, tying Tijuana 3-3 after a stunner of a game at Estadio Caliente.
It was a night to remember, really, for three Argentines. Both clubs saw their newly appointed Argentine managers making debuts, although Tijuana’s Jorge Almiron had a better night than Atlas’ Omar Asad, who was sent off after invading the field and taunting Xolos’ fans when Atlas came back to tie the game.
Even though his team only walked away with a point after giving up a penalty and two late goals, Almiron can take pride in his decision to sign Argentine striker Dario Benedetto. The 23 year old scored all three of the Xolos’ goals in his season debut, with two of those goals coming inside 11 minutes. His hat trick is the first in Club Tijuana's history as members of the Mexican First Division.
Benedetto impressed only seven minutes into the game when he fought off an Atlas defender and bounced the ball over Atlas goalkeeper Alan Lopez, who came charging off his line. Less than five minutes later, he beat Lopez and the Atlas defense again, sending a shot to the left after making a run across the field.
In the 29th minute, a PK was given to Atlas after a scuffle in the box, when Aldo Polo kicked Atlas’ Jair Barraza. Vicente Matias Vuoso converted the penalty, putting Atlas on the board, and cutting the Xolos lead down to one.
18 year old US youth international Paul Arriola came on as a sub about 20 minutes into the second half, and his impact was felt immediately. After taking the ball in midfield, he split past two defenders and sent the ball to Benedetto, who buried a filtered pass beyond Lopez and completed his hat trick.
Atlas came back with two goals of their own within a 15 minute span. Vuoso played a part in both goals, beginning in the 70th minute when he chested a ball down and sunk it with a bicycle kick. Finding an opportunity inside the Xolos box in the 84th minute, he laid a ball to Edson Rivera who buried it past Adrián Zermeño to tie the game.
It was undoubtedly an exciting night welcoming the beginning of the Apertura in Liga Bancomer MX. The fun continues throughout the weekend, with three matches today and three on Sunday. Kicking off at 6pm EST: Cruz Azul will play host to Monterrey at Stadium Azul, and Veracruz host Chiapas at Estadio Luis 'Pirata' Fuente. León will host Atlante at Stadium León at 9pm EST. At 1pm EST tomorrow, Puebla host UNAM at Estadio Cuauhtémoc, and Pachuca will visit Toluca at Estadio Nemesio Díez Riega.
I have seen many local cars in both orange county and San Diego all driving around with the Xolos flags and stickers on, so i guess there is a big following from the US side. The difference in culture and atmosphere within 100 miles of TJ and Los Angeles is crazy. Its a religion across the border, as with the rest of the europe. I hope one day it really catches on in the US. Its still a family day out for many here in the US, and the passion and atmosphere is not there yet.