Liga MX C2018: The Best From Jornada 5
It was a week of high scoring affairs in Liga MX, and the fans were treated to more than a few golazos. Monterrey and América, the top two teams in the league, led the charge with 5 goals a piece. Tuca Ferretti announced his eventual retirement. Chivas sank lower into the depths of irrelevance and Puebla appear to be legitimately dangerous. Needless to say, a lot happened. Here’s a quick review of the best of the week:
Team Performance of the Week: Monterrey
Two weeks in a row, León have been completely dismantled. América deserve credit for destroying BUAP, but Lobos were down to 10 men early and actually looked quite good before the red card. Rayados, on the other hand, never let their opponents even sniff a draw, coming straight out the gate and taking a commanding 2-0 lead early on.
Once Fernando Navarro was sent off, the match was over. Obviously after two poundings in a row it’s clear that something is wrong with León, but Monterrey still need to be recognized because of just how one sided this game was. It could’ve been much, much, worse for La Fiera.
Individual Performance of the Week: Jaine Barreiro
I know América fans are feeling really slighted right now, but as good as Henry Martín was, Barreiro was just a hair better. He was a man on a mission for Atlas in their home clash with Cruz Azul. La Maquina took a 1-0 lead after just 90 seconds, and dominated most of the first half. Barreiro scored off a free kick from Clifford Aboagye just seconds before halftime to level things up. Cruz Azul would fall to 10 men in the 65th, and Atlas went in for the kill.
Again it was Barreiro who pounced on a loose ball from outside the box and neatly tucked it into the side netting. For an Atlas team that was nothing short of terrible through the first 4 weeks, it took a superb showing from the Colombian to get them their first points of the season.
But let’s not forget, Jaine Barreiro is a right back. He wasn’t waiting around in the final third for the ball to magically come to him; he was hustling on both ends of the field. He won this game single-handedly, and that’s why it stands out for me as the performance of the week.
Goal of the Week: Erick Gutierrez
Keisuke Honda had a great free kick too, but Gutierrez’s opener gets the nod from me.
(Video Retrieved from LigaMX.net)