Peruvians Abroad: Liga MX Clausura 2018 Week 1 Recap
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The Peruvian influence in the Liga MX has been growing in the past year as six Peruvian players just joined the league this year. Six Peruvian players played in four different games this past weekend in the opening round of the Liga MX Clausura 2018 and here is how they did.
The 24-year-old winger made his Liga MX debut for Atlas in the Rojinegros game against Leon. Gomez played the full match as his team lost 2-1 to La Fiera and he was involved in the play throughout the match. Gomez did not have a spectacular debut as he was dispossessed four times but he should get more consistent playing as the season progresses.
Gallese now has some fellow countrymen with him at Veracruz with the recent arrivals of Carlos Caceda and Wilder Cartagena. The 27-year-old goalkeeper was the only Peruvian player that featured in the scoreless draw between Necaxa and Veracruz. The Lima native did play the full 90 minutes and ended the game with two saves, a punch and six accurate long balls. Gallese will have a tough task defending Veracruz’s net this season but Los Tiburones did gain a point on Queretaro in the relegation race this week.
Raul Ruidiaz and Monarcas Morelia had a nice start to the season by scraping a point against Monterrey away from home. Andy Polo and Ray Sandoval did not even make the bench for La Monarquia in this game but Ruidiaz played the entire match. The Lima native finished the game with a shot on target, a successful dribble, seven of 11 duels won and was also fouled three times. Ruidiaz will search for his first goal of the new season next week as Morelia host Puebla.
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Three ‘blanquirrojos’ featured for Lobos BUAP in their rough 4-2 loss against Santos Laguna away from home. Luis Advincula did not have the best performance in the right-back slot as he pushed forward constantly and left many gaps. His defensive input was not the best with only two tackles but he did have a shot on target and two successful dribbles going forward.
Aquino did have an error that led to a goal in Lobos’ disappointing loss but overall had a solid game in the midfield. The 22-year-old played the full game and had two key passes, three accurate long balls, a successful dribble, two tackles, an interception and seven of 10 duels won.
Avila was just brought in to the Liga MX this season by Lobos BUAP from Sporting Cristal and he made his debut this weekend. The 27-year-old did not do anything special in his 26 minutes off the bench against Santos Laguna but receiving playing time will help the Huanuco native in his transition to Mexican football.