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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - October 4-6 31928097 Promising signs Promising+signs Mexico Primera Division

It isn't often that a meeting between Club América and Chivas serves as an appetizer, but the Súper Clásico function as the tasty prelude to the busy week ahead in Mexican soccer. All of the energy and focus will fall upon El Tri's bid to secure a place at the World Cup over the next 10 days.

 

The points to take forward from the past few days -- América's continued dominance, Villarreal's promising resurgence -- provide exactly the sort of comforting fodder required ahead of the nervous buildup to Friday's crunch clash with Panama at Estadio Azteca.

 

Read on to learn more about some of the highlights from the weekend in this latest roundup from Liga MX and Mexicans Abroad:

 

--Kyle McCarthy
 

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - October 4-6 31928098 Aquino, Giovani depart with a comprehensive Villarreal triumph Aquino%2C+Giovani+depart+with+a+comprehensive+Villarreal+triumph Mexico Primera Division

Both Giovani dos Santos (pictured) and Javier Aquino featured from the start as the Yellow Submarine continued its fine start to the La Liga campaign with a 3-0 victory over Granada on Friday. Dos Santos even contributed the second goal -- a header from close range -- as Villarreal eased to victory at El Madrigal. The triumph left Villarreal in fourth place at the end of the weekend.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - October 4-6 31928093 Nery Castillo, Carlos Vela meet in Madrid Nery+Castillo%2C+Carlos+Vela+meet+in+Madrid Mexico Primera Division

Castillo (pictured) made his first start since joining Rayo Vallecano during the summer and watched his side claim a 1-0 victory over Carlos Vela's sputtering Real Sociedad. The former Olympiakos man exited after 62 minutes in his second appearance since recovering from a thigh injury. Second-half substitute Jonathan Viera extended Sociedad's winless run in La Liga to seven matches and move Vallecano off the bottom of the table after eight rounds.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - October 4-6 31929804 Ochoa bombarded as Ajaccio suffered heavy defeat to Lille Ochoa+bombarded+as+Ajaccio+suffered+heavy+defeat+to+Lille Mexico Primera Division

Mexico must provide Guillermo Ochoa (pictured) with more protection than the modest efforts mustered by Ajaccio in the 3-0 defeat to Lille on Saturday. Ochoa shipped three goals and thwarted three more opportunities as the perpetual relegation battlers succumbed to a rampant home display. The recalled goalkeeper will expect a bit more help when he links up with El Tri this week.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - October 4-6 31928094 Pumas UNAM hits rock bottom Pumas+UNAM+hits+rock+bottom Mexico Primera Division

Santos Laguna completed Pumas' determined slide to the bottom of Liga MX with a 1-0 victory at Estadio Corona on Sunday. The lower reaches of the table makes for perverse reading -- Atlas (now without the sacked Omar Asad), Chivas and Pumas all reside at the bottom with just eight points -- and reinforces the abject state of affairs. Pumas' goalscoring woes (five in 13 matches) sum up why the capital side has fallen so far off its usual pace.
 

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - October 4-6 31928092 … and Las Aguilas set their sights on history %26hellip%3B+and+Las+Aguilas+set+their+sights+on+history Mexico Primera Division

América now boasts 10 wins from 12 outings in the wake of the victory over Chivas. The record for total points in the current split-season format now appears on the horizon. Four wins from the final five matches would see América match the current mark of 43 points set by the club during the 2002 Apertura. The fact that this outfit could eclipse that standard in two fewer games speaks volumes about the dominance established during this campaign.
 

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - October 4-6 31928091 Club América wins Súper Clásico … Club+Am%26eacute%3Brica+wins+S%26uacute%3Bper+Cl%26aacute%3Bsico+%26hellip%3B Mexico Primera Division

The most anticipated regular-season match on the Mexican calendar unfolded at Estadio Azteca on Saturday night. Club América and Chivas did not produce a match worthy of that hype, but the current tabletoppers produced two goals in three minutes to secure a straightforward 2-0 victory. The result reflected the 23-point gulf between the two teams at the moment and underscored the word ahead in Guadalajara to rectify the deficit ahead of the Clausura.

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