Pumas wins, Club America remains winless

The 2023 Liga MX Clausura is in full swing.

The third week of the tournament saw many surprises, including a shock hat-trick from Rogelio Funes Mori as Rayados de Monterrey won 3-1 over Atlético San Luis. Elsewhere, Pachuca continued their dominance with a 4-1 win over FC Juarez, while the Pumas bounced back from a turbulent week off the field.

Here’s everything you missed this weekend in Liga MX…

Pumas Onam - Lyon - Torneo Clausura 2023 Liga MX

Pumas UNAM wins 4-1 over Lyon. / Hector Vivas / Getty Images

Before arriving on the pitch, Pumas Onam held a press conference to announce the termination of Dani Alves’ contract with the club. Pumas president Leopoldo Silva has firmly stated that his actions are not in line with the team’s values.

“With the information that occurred today about the legal proceedings that the player Dani Alves is facing, for which he is being held in Spain, we have decided to inform the following: Universidad Nacional has taken the decision to terminate the employment contract with Dani Alves from today onwards,” said Pumas president Leopoldo Silva.

“With this decision, the club renews its commitment not to tolerate the actions of any member of our institution, whoever they may be, which are contrary to the spirit and values ​​of the university.”

The team then took to the field against FC Lyon on Sunday, in its third match in the 2023 Liga MX Clausura tournament. Pumas wasted no time, building an early lead in the ninth minute of the game with a goal by Gustavo Javier Del Prete.

Lyon managed to equalize in the first half, before Pumas scored three more goals in the 45th second period to triumph 4–1. The team is now fourth on the table with six points in three matches.

Henry Martin, Salvador Reyes

Club America tied 2-2 with Puebla. / Jam Media / GettyImages

Club América has not yet won a match in 2023 LigaMX Clausura.

The team drew 2-2 against Puebla on Saturday night at Estadio Azteca, propelling the Eagles to a three-game winless streak. Goals from Alejandro Zendegas and Henry Martin gave Club America the advantage at the start, before it was canceled out by the efforts of Gaston Silva and Emmanuel Goularte to earn each team one point.

But with just three points in the last three games, America’s coach Fernando Ortiz insists the team is not in “crisis mode” just yet.

“I don’t see the crisis, it’s something to worry about, yes, with regard to the goals they score against us, but for the rest I’m calm,” he said.

“The beginning we are going through is difficult, but we have to keep working. It is the only solution, we have good things sometimes but we cannot judge them; above all we have to take advantage of everything we have and what is below us cannot be allowed definitively,” Henry added. Martin.

Roberto de la Rosa

Pachuca defeated FC Juarez 4-1. / Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images

Pachuca continues to electrocute, leaving the heroes’ “curse” behind.

The 2022 tournament winners defeated FC Juarez 4-1 on Sunday, extending their dominance in the 2023 tournament. Mexico’s youngster Mauricio Isis started the scoring for Pachuca, followed by goals from defender Jose Castillo Perez and striker Roberto de la Rosa.

This victory comes just days after Pachuca moved its top scorer, Nico Ibanez, to Tigres. The departure forced Pachuca coach Guillermo Almada to find new options in attack, and to look to young personalities and players in the academy. And the team did not disappoint.

Rogelio Funes Mori

Rogelio Funes Mori scored a hat-trick for Monterrey. / Jam Media / GettyImages

Nexaca beat Cruz Azul 1-0 with a goal by Edgar Mendes in the first half.

Rogelio Funes Mori propelled Rayados de Monterrey to a 3-1 victory over Atletico San Luis with a hat-trick.

Santos Laguna doubled their tally with another consecutive win, this time in a 2-1 victory over Mazatlan.

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