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Liga MX Player of the Week: Edwin Cardona

The Colombian midfielder scored a brace and showed why his nickname is ‘Crack’dona.

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Pachuca’s Edwin Cardona was named Liga Bancomer MX Player of the Week for Jornada 10 by a poll of Liga MX English-language writers and broadcasters.

Cardona scored two goals in Los Tuzos’ 4-0 win on Saturday evening against Club Tijuana. This was his first brace in Liga MX since April 2017 when he scored twice as a part of Monterrey against Chiapas.

Pachuca were already up comfortably on Xolos early in the second half when Raul Lopez intercepted a ball which fell to Franco Jara. After three seperate defensive players from Tijuana all slipped to the ground, Jara connected with Cardona who cut inside before unleashing a near-post dagger past Gibran Lajud.

Pachuca just kept piling on the pressure after the third goal. While in a full-field press, Victor Guzman made Lajud kick a bad clearance which fell once again to Jara who, once again, gave it up to the Colombian Cardona who opted for the shot rather than the pass and it paid off.

Cardona left the Estadio Hidalgo with a 9.5 match rating from SofaScore. The former Rayado showed off his usual fortes with an 83 percent pass accuracy, eight key passes, two accurate crosses, four accurate long balls and two successful dribble attempts.

Cardona’s two goals were his firsts of the season since joining Tuzos from Boca Juniors during the winter transfer window and helped Pachuca into fourth place in the Liga Bancomer MX table.

Cardona is the second Pachuca player to receive Player of the Week honors this season, the first being Chilean international Angelo Sagal for Jornada 2.

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