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Clausura 2024 Matchday 1 Roundup

Last Updated on January 18, 2024 4:05 pm by Erwin Noguera

The Clausura 2024 Liga MX Tournament is already underway, and all the teams have played the matchday 1 of this regular season. Now the teams have between the eyebrows to dethrone America.

After nine excellent matches, we could enjoy some expected victories, surprises, and intense draws that did not leave us still for a second. However, we have that America and Monterrey took a step forward by ratifying their conditions of favorites by winning with a resounding 2-0.

In the same way, we also have that Tigres, Necaxa, San Luis, Pachuca, and Pumas started this tournament very well with excellent victories. Finally, Toluca, Querétaro, Santos, and Chivas equalized on their first presentation, so they will try to look for a quick rebound on the next matchday this weekend.

Now, let’s see a summary of what happened in the matches of the first day of the Clausura 2024 Tournament of the Liga MX.

Clausura 2024 Matchday 1 Roundup – Cruz Azul vs. Pachuca – Info

When and Where?

Saturday, January 13th, 8:00 pm ET at the Estadio Azteca

Moneyline odds: 

Cruz Azul 2.2 

Pachuca 3.14

Draw Offs: 

3.50

Where can I watch it?

TUDN

A very intense match was given to us by Cruz Azul and Pachuca on this first day of the Clausura 2024, which ended with a 1-0 victory for Pachuca.

There is no doubt that everything pointed to Cruz Azul’s victory because, as we know, they are a complicated team to beat when they play at home. However, the team’s attack could not be effective enough to turn the 15 dangerous chances they generated throughout the match into a goal.

In addition, ‘La Maquina’ took over the ball and the game to a large extent, so no one expected the ‘Tuzos’ to be successful on this first day.

However, in the 78th minute, Pachuca’s star signing, Venezuelan striker Salomón Rondón scored his first goal in Liga MX to give his team the victory. 

Cruz Azul (0) – (1) Pachuca

Clausura 2024 Matchday 1 Roundup – Chivas vs. Santos Laguna – Info

When and Where?

Saturday, January 13th, 8:00 pm ET at the Estadio Akron

Moneyline odds: 

Chivas 2.02 

Santos Laguna 3.425

Draw Offs: 

3.68

Where can I watch it?

TUDN

We had a great game at the Akron Stadium between Chivas and Santos Laguna, which ended with a 1-1 draw on the scoreboard after Chivas was close to victory in many chances.

In this match, we could see how unfair football can be in some cases because there is no doubt that the ‘Rebaño’ deserved to win it from start to finish. In addition to having greater ball possession (68%), they generated up to 19 scoring opportunities throughout the match. However, the Santos defense and goalkeeper, Acevedo, repelled all those opportunities.

After a completely unfair 0-0 in the first half, Santos came out looking for the winning goal in the first bars of the second one. However, it was not until the 65th minute that the team could score 1-0 thanks to Harold Preciado’s goal. That, undoubtedly, affected Chivas, which came to less little by little.

Finally, when we were all sure that the match would end with a 1-0 victory for Santos, Chivas managed to score the equalizing goal in extremis in the 90th+9th minute through Erick Gutiérrez and thus get the tie.

Chivas (1) – (1) Santos Laguna

Clausura 2024 Matchday 1 Roundup – Tijuana vs. Club América – Info

When and Where?

Saturday, January 13th, 10:00 pm ET at the Estadio Caliente

Moneyline odds: 

Tijuana 3.92 

Club América 1.84

Draw Offs

3.84

Where can I watch it?

TUDN

Club América started this tournament with the firm conviction of revalidating the title obtained in the Apertura 2023, with an excellent victory as visitors against Tijuana by 2-0.

Similarly, just because América won the match does not mean they deserved it because it is quite the opposite. This is one of the cases where the score does not reflect what the game was. However, the current champions knew how to take advantage of two clear chances to win the match.

And it is that Tijuana generated up to 36 scoring chances, of which eight ended with direct shots on goal throughout the match. In addition, the possession of the ball went to the home team with 64%. However, in soccer, you don’t win with possession, and much less with dangerous chances, so América proved.

When the match was heading for a 0-0 draw, the Águilas could score two goals in the final minutes (89 and 90+4) thanks to Salvador Reyes Chávez. 

Tijuana (0) – (2) Club América

Clausura 2024 Matchday 1 Roundup – León vs. Tigres – Info

When and Where?

Wednesday, January 17th, 8:00 pm ET at the Estadio León

Moneyline odds: 

León 2.48 

Tigres 2.75

Draw Offs

3.40

Where can I watch it?

TUDN

Finally, the match that closed the first day of this Clausura 2024 Tournament was a feline duel between León and Tigres, which ended with a victory for the current runners-up, with a score of 2-1.

The game was a give-and-take from the beginning, but neither team could do any harm in the first half, and this one ended with a score of 0-0. Then, in the second one, things changed radically, as both teams turned to the attack to look for the first 3 points of this tournament.

In the 50th minute, Ángel Mena gave León a 1-0 lead thanks to an excellent goal.

However, Tigres would not stay with it because, in the 62nd minute, Sebastián Córdova was in charge of equalizing the board with a wonder goal. Finally, Tigres star André-Pierre Gignac scored the definitive 2-1 in the 77th minute to give the victory to the visitors in this Apertura 2024 Tournament debut.

León (1) – (2) Tigres

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