It was another weekend full of goals in Liga MX. Only Tijuana's defensive effort to earn a scoreless draw with Club America denied us of having every match include goals. Lobos BUAP made up for it by putting five past relegation rival Veracruz.
Saturday night the goals not only were plentiful but also were high-quality. This week all three of our top goals took place within about 20 minutes of each other. Here are the best strikes of the week, as judged by Goal's expert panel:
3. Sebastian Palacios (Pachuca), 1-1 vs. Leon
G⚽⚽⚽LAAAAZO de Sebastián Palacios@Tuzos 1-1 @clubleonfc #Jornada9 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX
⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/X8zOKv5d5k— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 25, 2018
Scoring against Leon's defense hasn't exactly been a Herculean task in the last few weeks, but the back line was stronger in a 2-1 defeat to Pachuca. However, it seems unlikely many units in Mexico would've been able to stop Sebastian Palacios.
The Argentine gets the ball not far from his own box and takes it through the center circle. He seems to realize nobody is going to stop him from doing much of anything. There are options joining the attack on the right side of the field, but Palacios simply picks up just a bit of speed, gets the ball onto his right foot and guides it past William Yarbrough for the equalizer. It's not an easy goal in any of the three stages, but Palaicos makes it look like something any player could do.
2. Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), 1-2 vs. Tigres
G⚽⚽⚽L de Raul Ruidiaz@TigresOficial 2-1 @FuerzaMonarca #Jornada9 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX
⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/4JfslJGiI5 — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 25, 2018
Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman is the 11th member of the team's attack. He comes off his line often to clear a ball or simply to have the ball at his feet while Tigres build from the back. It usually works well for Tigres. There are, however, also the times when it doesn't.
Those include Monarcas' goal Saturday, which Raul Ruidiaz looped over Guzman to cut the deficit in the second half of a game Tigres was controlling. To say it simply was a goalkeeper error is selling the Peruvian short. He takes one touch, turns and immediately is sending the ball toward the net. The speed at which he executes the move and the preciseness with which he carries it out despite the distance from the goal all make it so Guzman is beaten when the ball leaves Ruidiaz's foot.
1. Rafael Carioca (Tigres), 2-0 vs. Morelia
G⚽⚽⚽LAAAAZO de Rafael De Souza@TigresOficial 2-0 @FuerzaMonarca #Jornada9 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX
⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/pN0Uyg8KH7 — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 25, 2018
Morelia may have thought they had escaped danger when the corner kick was cleared, but Rafael Carioca soon showed that was not the case. The Brazilian midfielder had never scored for Tigres since joining the team in the summer of 2017 but emphatically opened his account with this scorcher into the top corner of the net with his first touch of the ball. A few Monarcas defenders try to leap into the ball's path, but it's by them before they know it.
Rafael Carioca then drops to his knees in celebration. He's earned it, and now he's earned the coveted prize of Goal's Liga MX Goal of the Week.