Liga MX Doble-Jornada Special: The Best from Rounds 7&8
The back to back jornadas should be celebrated more than they are. When a midweek jornada occurs, us fans are treated to what seems like a never ending flow of football for a full seven days. I already discussed what happened during matchday 6, but now it’s time to dive into the best from Jornadas 7 and 8. There was, of course, a lot of chaos to talk about.
Best Team Performance: Tijuana (Jornada 8)
Santos and América impressed on Wednesday night, and Necaxa looked fantastic in their 3-0 beatdown of Rayados, but Tijuana’s 4-1 victory over Pumas in a scrappy game Saturday night takes the cake for me. After falling behind just a minute into the game, Los Xolos fought back with goals in the 9th and 42nd minutes (Mateus the scorer both times) to claim the lead heading into the break.
They kept the pressure up in the second half, with Juan Martín Lucero adding a third (via penalty) before Pumas midfielder David Cabrera was sent off in the 57th minute. Victor Malcorra would pile on one more in stoppage time to complete the rout. Xolos’ offense had looked lifeless so far this season, and to see it come alive against a top 3 team was both impressive and uplifting for the fans.
Gustavo Bou suffered a scary looking injury, but he shouldn’t be out for very long. This victory moves Xolos into a playoff spot for the time being and is a statement win for a side that wants to prove it can make a splash in the liguilla.
Best Player Performance: Djaniny
This one was tough, but in the end Djaniny was so dang good during the midweek game that even with a lackluster performance on Sunday afternoon he still gets the nod. Just how good was he on Wednesday? Well, he scored a hat-trick in about nine minutes, cracking the 10-goal mark before the halfway point of the season.
Like his other hat-trick this year, these were some good looking goals, especially the second and third. Djaniny is well on his way to the Golden Boot, MVP, and just about any award you can think of, and if he can somehow keep this pace in the second half of the season this could be remembered as one of the best individual years in league history. But that’s a tall order, so I suggest you enjoy Djaniny’s brilliant run while it lasts.
Best Goals: Djaniny (Jornada 7) and Víctor Dávila (Jornada 8)
We’re double dipping this time around, with a goal from each Jornada. Both Djaniny and Dávila embarrass a defender before putting home a nice finish.
(Videos Courtesy of Liga MX)