Cruz Azul and Pachuca tied to one goal in a match on matchday 7 of Grita México 2021 of the Liga MX. The blue team, with a goal from Santiago Giménez, managed to even the score after being down on the board by an own goal by Yoshimar Yotún. The result at the Azteca Stadium against the Tuzos was not what his fans expected.
Juan Reynoso, before the losses of some players, improvised in his starting eleven and the results were not positive. However, the cement team had the ability to prevail over their own mistakes and get a valuable point in this first leg of the season. These were the three errors and two successes of Cruz Azul against Pachuca.
Another draw and few goals
The Celestial Machine has lost punch in its last commitments. With this result, their third consecutive draw, the current Mexican soccer champions fell to the seventh position in the table, since they have only added 10 points in 7 games played. In his last three games in Liga MX (against Rayados de Monterrey, Atlético de San Luis and Pachuca), Cruz Azul has only been able to score three goals.
This share seems low taking into account the offensive potential that this squad has. You just have to see which strikers they have: Bryan Angulo, Jonathan Rodríguez, Santiago Giménez and Orbelín Pineda. The machine’s scoring production has been very poor in recent duels.
Yoshimar Yotún down
The Peruvian midfielder was an important piece in winning the Guardians 2021 title last semester. However, the player has not been able to return to that level at the start of this tournament. Yoshi, beyond the own goal he scored against the Tuzos de Pachuca, is not clear in his strokes and does not participate as much in the generation of the game. At least not as much as would be expected of him. Reynoso will have to think about whether to keep him as a starter or if he will make an adjustment in that position after the break on the FIFA Date.
Inventions that don’t work
In the absence of Juan Escobar, for personal reasons, Juan Reynoso experimented in his starting lineup. The Peruvian played with Ignacio Rivero, Pablo Aguilar and Julio César Domínguez in the background. To finish forming the line of four, the Peruvian coach placed Roberto Alvarado as a kind of left back, a position in which ‘Piojo’ was never comfortable. The invention had disastrous results. Alvarado did not defend or attack with precision.
The ‘Piojo’ participated in the play of Yotún’s own goal, which was derived from a bad communication between these two players and a terrible way of the Peruvian to attack the ball.
Santiago Giménez, in the process of consolidation
The young Mexican forward is having a very good start to the season. Santi Giménez scored the tying goal for Cruz Azul after being enabled by Orbelín Pineda with a great pass. The attacker registers four goals at the start of the season and is tied with Pedro Alexis Canelo and Alejandro Zendejas for second place for the scoring lead. Uruguayan Nicolás López leads the list with six touchdowns.
Giménez has had more minutes this season and he counts more and more for Juan Reynoso. The 20-year-old forward will try to fight for the scoring title until the end of the season and, why not, win a call for the Mexican National Team.
Despite having a bad start to the game and being down on the scoreboard due to an own goal by Yoshimar Yotún, Cruz Azul did not lose his head, he worked and got the tie. In the old days, the Celestial Machine fell into very pronounced potholes after receiving this type of annotations. The mentality of this team, now, is different. The cement workers calmed down after receiving the first goal and worked the game to get the tying goal.