Pumas, the only ‘big team’ that stood out at the start of the 2024 Apertura

Pumas, the only ‘big team’ that stood out at the start of the 2024 Apertura
Pumas, the only ‘big team’ that stood out at the start of the 2024 Apertura

The gold and blue team beat León; América lost to Atlético de San Luis, Chivas tied with Toluca and Cruz Azul narrowly beat Mazatlán

Pumas rose as the only team of the four ‘big ones’ of the Liga MX who convinced after Matchday 1 in the Apertura 2024, as the auriazules beat León 4-1, while América fell 2-1 to Atlético de San Luis, Chivas tied goalless against Toluca and Cruz Azul obtained a victory at the last minute against the modest Mazatlán FC.

With this result, Pumas took the top of the Apertura 2024 by storm with three points, the same ones that Tijuana, Atlético de San Luis, also have. Blue CrossPuebla, Tigers and Rayados.

Forward Jorge Ruvalcaba, who returned to Pumas After a season in Belgium as a Standard Liege player, he put into practice the brief lessons learned in the ‘Old Continent’ and scored a double (11′, 88′), while an own goal by Luis Cervantes (26′) and another goal by Guillermo Martínez (80′) contributed to the final score, as did José Alvarado (31′) for the emerald side.

On the pitch, 19-year-old midfielder Ángel Rico made his debut with Pumas and showed skill in the offensive third, which brought him close to scoring in his debut, but the attempt failed.

Among the public, Pumas was attended by former player Johan Vásquez, who will return to Genoa soon to prepare for his fourth season in Italian football, as well as Rubén Duarte, a potential new signing for the gold and blue team.

The two-time reigning Mexican soccer champion received a dent in the crown during its visit to the Alfonso Lastras Stadium, as Atlético de San Luis imposed itself on it, flipped it over and celebrated the 2-1 victory in front of its fans.

With a corridor included before the game, America The team took the lead in the 5th minute, thanks to a run towards the area by Henry Martín against two defenders, which ended with a shot over the goalkeeper and into the goal. Two minutes later, Mateo Klimowicz tied the score; at the beginning of the second half (50′) he scored again and led the team from Potosi to victory.

Despite the result, not everything was negative for Henry Martín, as his score elevated him to fifth place alone as the top scorer for the Azulcrema with 105 goals, four below José Alves and with Octavio Vial (152), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (153) and Luis Roberto Alves (188) on the horizon.

In addition, América’s star signing, Érick Sánchez, received his first minutes with the team, as the midfielder entered the game in the 60th minute as a replacement for Richard Sánchez.

El Rebaño had a lackluster debut in the Apertura 2024 in front of their fans, as they tied goalless after 90 minutes against Toluca, despite having more possession of the ball, opportunities created and shots on goal.

Javier Hernandez, forward of Chivascame onto the pitch as part of the starting eleven, however, he left the pitch in the 62nd minute and was booed by the crowd, due to the several opportunities in front of the goal that he missed.

For his part, Fidel Barajas added his first minutes as a player Chivasas the former Real Salt Lake player entered in the 80th minute. In addition, Omar Govea also made his debut with the Rebaño, although he only saw five minutes of activity.

Furthermore, the crowd did not welcome former Atletico player Alexis Vega with pleasure, with boos and shouts of “drunk” every time he touched the ball.

La Máquina, without most of its reinforcements, beat the weak Mazatlán FC at the last minute, thanks to a goal by Bryan Gamboa at 90’+4′, after a play on the left flank that led to a horizontal line into the area to be finished on the left corner of the small area.

With rumors surrounding his possible departure from Blue Crossplayers Uriel Antuna and Rodrigo Huescas were part of the starting eleven of the Celeste team to face Mazatlán FC; at the end of the match, Huescas said goodbye to the Celeste staff and this Sunday he left for Denmark to close his imminent signing with FC Copenhagen.

In the stadium boxes, Blue Cross was attended by its former player Santiago Giménez, as well as its reinforcements Jorge Sánchez and Luis Romo.

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