Week 9 of Liga MX kicked off on Friday with a dreadful 0-0 draw between Xolos de Tijuana and Leon. Fortunately, there were plenty of goals to talk about on the rest of the weekend and it all started at the Estadio Azteca.
Club America celebrated Cuauhtémoc Blanco's career with a 4-1 thrashing of Monarcas Morelia. The club registered the 43-year-old for one final match as a symbol for the club's 100-year anniversary, and it was Blanco who had the first big chance of the game when he weaved his way through defenders and struck the crossbar with a well-taken shot.
After 390 games, 153 goals, and 37 minutes on the pitch, under a standing ovation at a packed Estadio Azteca, Blanco made way for Darwin Quintero in his last ever appearance for Club America.
After replacing the club legend, Quintero's impact was immediate. The Colombian forward latched on to a Rubens Sambueza through ball and laid the ball off to Oribe Peralta, who needed just a simple finish to give Las Aguilas the lead.
Quintero then struck a second in a space of two minutes to give Club America a two-goal cushion heading into the second half.
In the 50th minute, Quintero netted again for the hosts when he finished off a Paul Aguilar pass from the right wing for the 3-0.
Monarcas Morelia pulled one back through Enrique Perez three minutes later but Michael Arroyo had the final say, pouncing from a penalty kick in the 71st minute to seal the points for the hosts.
The other big moment of the weekend came at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Monterrey. Efrain Juarez kept Monterrey at the top of the league table with a second half header to clinch a priceless victory over Tigres in the 106th edition of the Clasico Regio.
Tigres defense did well leaving Edwin Cardona and Carlos Sanchez little space to exploit, although the danger of Rayados' set-pieces became evident on 49 minutes.
Efrain Juarez popped up at the center of the box to head in Walter Ayovi's free-kick and give Rayados the lead.
Ricardo Ferretti responded with a double change, throwing on Lucas Zalarayan and Damian Alvarez, before Walter Ayovi and Guido Pizarro were sent off for each club respectively.
The score remained and the final whistle brought cheers from the Monterrey faithful.
Meanwhile, also cheering are Chivas fans. Chivas tasted victory for the first time in the Clausura with a vital 2-0 win over Queretaro on Saturday night.
Jair Pereira headed the ball into the net from close range at the stroke of halftime to give Chivas the advantage at the break.
Queretaro struggled to test Chivas goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota who only had to make one save all game.
Matias Almeyda sent Carlos Alberto "Gullit" Peña on for Michel Vazquez to give Chivas a different dimension to his side's attack and it was Gullit who combined well with Isaac Brizuela to put the visitors two goals in front in the the 80th minute.
The final whistle meant Chivas had to wait until matchday 9 before they could be assured of a long-awaited first win this year.
Elsewhere, Santos Laguna came from a goal down to beat ten-man Atlas 2-1 at the Estadio Jalisco. Dorados had to fight back to earn a 2-2 draw at Pachuca. Aviles Hurtado scored at the death to give ten-man Chiapas a 3-2 victory over Toluca. Finally, Pumas and Cruz Azul shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Ciudad Universitaria.
Tras 9 jornadas, así luce la Tabla General... ¿Tu equipo está en zona de Liguilla? https://t.co/TII2hYiyyc pic.twitter.com/ED5I64leA7— MedioTiempo (@mediotiempo) March 7, 2016
Goal of the week: Martín Zúñiga
#LigaMXNBCDeportes GOL de @Dorados . Martín Zuñiga acorta distancias #Tuzos 2-1 #Dorados https://t.co/yssNDgrcwP— NBC Deportes (@TelemundoSports) March 6, 2016