It’s a week to never forget for Club Santos Laguna striker Oribe Peralta. First he returned to the Mexican national team and scored a pair and forced a third goal against Ivory Coast in a friendly in New Jersey. He rounded off his high scoring with another double, this time against Tigres UANL in a 3-0 victory in week 6 action of La Liga MX at the TSM Corona stadium.
The victory puts the “Mexican hoops” in the second position on the Apertura 2013 league table with one less game than current league leader Monarcas Morelia, team that also won on Friday. Nestor Calderon also scored for Santos.
The Laguneros dominated the game from the start against a Tigres team that never showed any skill on the pitch, a rarity for Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s side. On the other hand, Pedro Caixinha’s side was unstoppable. The Portuguese trainer put an alternative side on the pitch that only included one foreign player, Colombian Carlos Darwin Quintero.
Peralta used his trademark header to put the ball in the net in the 36th minute of play. The action was so fast the goalkeeper Enrique Palos did not move on the action. Santos was up 1-0. The game went to the break with that score.
Tigres tried to make a comeback in the second half, but at no time threatened goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez’ net. Before they knew it, Calderon had shot a hard left footer to put Santos up 2-0. The action was too much for Ferretti who decided to answer the fans behind the coaching area. This cost the Brazilian a red card leaving his team without direction.
The final goal came in the 70th minute of play when Peralta took off with the ball and fired past Palos for the third goal of the game. Caixinha substituted Peralta in the 85th minute to an ovation from the Torreon crowd. Santos ends their week 6 action in the second spot on the league table. As for Tigres, also with one less game, they sum up their third loss of the season.