MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — His performance was enough to make it clear to champion Pachuca that he is a rival to beat in Mexican soccer.
Los Tuzos began their defense of the Liga MX title on Monday with an impressive 5-1 victory over Puebla in a duel scheduled to conclude the first day of the Clausura tournament.
Midfielder Luis Chavez, one of the Mexican revelations at the last World Cup in Qatar, opened the scoring with a free kick which goalkeeper Antony Silva could not save after five minutes.
Nicolás Ibáñez extended the advantage to eight with the first of his two goals when he found a rebound in the area that he sent with a low shot into the net.
The champions’ strength continued in the supplement when Javier López made the third on 62 with a shot to the area of a delayed diagonal.
Kevin Álvarez increased the margin to 65 on an attack into the area in which he received a filtered pass from Avilés Hurtado to send it into the back of the net towards Silva.
Ibanez capped off the goalscoring with the team’s fifth goal, connecting with an accurate header on 71.
In the dying moments of the first half, Martín Barragán was in contact with the 45th team of “La França” through a penalty, in a move that referee Diego Montaño at first flagged, but then referred to as Video Arbitration (VAR). . in marker.
Ibáñez threw up the power to celebrate another goal of his own in the seventh minute from substitution before the break, when Silva retook his collection of the penalty, which had been signaled after Montano had resorted to VAR.
Los Tuzos added their first three points and are the leaders of the nascent championship by goal difference; They extended their streak without a loss to nine regular season games after finishing the previous season with six wins and two draws.
La Franza as a tactician to replace Nicolas Larcamone had a bitter start for Eduardo Arce, with whom he shone in the recent championships, reaching the league stages.
The next day, Tujos will face Tigres, the last team that defeated them after winning their first game of the last league (1–0). After that result, Pachuca had five wins to win the championship.