Midpoint Rundown Cruz Azul

This is a good time to go over how Cruz Azul got to first place halfway through the Clausura.
America v Cruz Azul - Torneo Clausura 2024 Liga MX
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At ESPN we can see that the Cruz Azul club is first in the standings. They got there by obtaining six wins, to losses and a tie in nine games. They have eight matches to go to complete the regular season schedule of the 2024 Liga MX Clausura. Can they stay atop? Will they hold enough clubs off to advance into the Final Series directly and avoid the Final Series Play-offs?

How did they get to this point? They went loss, tie, then six straight wins and a loss. The most recent week saw a win over León before a close loss to Apertura champion América.

Game one was a tough 1-0 loss to Pachuca. There were no goals in the first half. In half number two it took a bit for the score. Then at minute 78 J. Rondón put one in the net. That would be it making the final score a 0-1 loss.

Then there was match two. The second match would go scoreless through half one. The match would go all the way to stoppage time with no goal. The sheet would stay clean for both clubs this match. The final would be a 0-0 tie to Juárez. This is not really a good result for Cruz Azul, especially after starting 0-1 on the campaign.

In week three we would start to see a desperate and motivated unit. Mazatlán would be their opponent. The match would prove fruitful as Cruz Azul win 2-1.

In week four Cruz Azul would continue to show up. They would blank Tijuana in this match. The win would come at a score of 1-0.

In week five they would continue their streak. After going down 1-0 early to Querétero, Cruz Azul would respond big. three unanswered goals would go in. That would be all for the 3-1 Cruz Azul win.

The sixth game would be a win over San Luis. This would come at a total of three Cruz Azul goals to zero from San Luis.

The next match would be a real close game. They took on Tigres UANL in this match. It would see 82 scoreless opening minutes. That would be followed by Tigres puting in an own goal. After that both teams earned red cards in stoppage time. Cruz Azul wins that one 1-0.

This past week would see two matches. They would win the first one over León 3-2. The most recent game would be a close 1-0 loss to Club América.

That is how they got to the top. How will they continue the season? Will the recent loss send them down or will it just be a small setback? The last eight matches will seal their fate.