Teams are finally settling in after five weeks played in Liga MX. Club America is one of them as Ignacio Ambriz's side earned their first home win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Santos Laguna at the Estadio Azteca.
The game marked the return of Paul Aguilar from injury, and the CONCACAF Cup hero took no time in making himself feel present. With a nice piece of skill, Aguilar sent a cross for Oribe Peralta, who blasted a header home from close range to give America the lead.
Santos then rallied in the second half, but Las Aguilas manged to keep Luis Zubeldia's men at bay as Andres "Rifle" Andrade scored the 2-0 late on to seal it for the hosts.
Also catching steam is Monterrey. Antonio "Turco" Mohamed's side moved to the top of the Liga MX table with a 3-0 win over Dorados on Saturday.
In the 16th minute, Edwin Cardona found space just outside the area before arrowing a shot past past Alfredo Frausto to grab the breakthrough. Cardona then looked destined to double his tally when a brilliant lob hit the crossbar, but Rogelio Funes Mori tipped the ball from the rebound to score the 2-0.
Aldo de Nigirs killed off any hope of a late comeback when he fired home from a few yards out to pile on the misery for last-placed Dorados.
On the other hand, the teams from Guadalajara are struggling. Puebla boss Pablo Marini was content with resting several off his starters ahead of their second leg Copa Libertadores clash against Racing, but that didn't stop La Franja from humiliating Atlas.
Christian "Recodo" Valdez opened the scoring after 19 minutes before Alvaro Navarro doubled moments later with a diving header.
Ten minutes later, Walter Kannemann scored past his own keeper for the 3-0, and in the 37th minute, Mauro Cejas surged through the right wing and sent a cross for Navarro, who stabbed the ball past Oscar Ustari to grab his second of the night.
Juan Carlos Medina scored a stunner in the second half, but it was a mere consolation for the Rojinegros as Puebla eased their way towards the three points.
Meanwhile, an Aaron Galindo own goal earned Chivas a 1-1 draw against Toluca, but remain without win in Liga MX after five games played.
Chivas looked in pole position of getting their first win when Richard Ortiz was sent off after 43 minutes, but Toluca immediately grabbed the lead before half-time when Paulo da Silva headed home from a Carlos Esquivel free-kick.
After Chivas made a solid start in the second half, the hosts leveled through an Aaron Galindo own goal.
Chivas then went on the offensive following the equalizer, but failed to grab the winner as Toluca earned a hard-fought point from the Omnilife.
Elsewhere, Luis Fernando Tena had a debut to forget as Monarcas Morelia came from behind to beat Leon 2-1 in their first game in the post-Pizzi era. Pachuca needed a late Omar Gonzalez goal to rescue a point away from home and keep their undefeated streak alive against Pumas.
Liga MX table after Week 5. Rayados take the top spot https://t.co/z6aCyvNapU pic.twitter.com/sfqsK3KhyV— ESPN FC Mexico (@ESPNFCtri) February 7, 2016
Goal of the week: Edwin Cardona
Acá el goooooool de Edwin Cardona!!! #RayadosDeCorazón! Club de Futbol Monterrey 1-0 Dorados al minuto 16. pic.twitter.com/xt17x4qVyy— Rayados Oficial (@Rayados) February 7, 2016