Despite the expulsion of Alexis Vega, the Flock held off Cristian Calderón’s goal to beat Cruz Azul in the first game after Leaño’s dismissal
Chivas gave the bell of the weekend after the dismissal of Marcelo Michel Leaño and returned to victory in Liga MX by beating Cruz Azul by a score of 0-1, which is experiencing its lowest moment of the tournament.
Both teams started with an even rhythm, but the balance gradually began to tip in favor of Guadalajara, which took the field with a defensive line of five elements and being Gilberto Orozco the novelty in the lineup of interim coach Ricardo Cadena.
Guadalajara missed a mistake by Cruz Azul in the defensive zone. Orozco launched a ball from his own field that ended up gaining an advantage over Alexis Vega. The steering wheel surpassed the central ones to face and be hand in hand with Sebastian Juradobut the Herd midfielder went ahead and finished off before time, so the goalkeeper ended up prevailing to send the ball to a corner kick.
The Machine tried to respond with ball control and had a string of passes that ended with Ivan Morales playing post for Rafa Bacawho shot from medium distance and sent the ball to the side of the goal.
At 40 minutes, the Flock again missed a clear chance at Jurado’s goal. Alexis Vega leaked the ball to Angel Zaldivarwho was outlined at the door and sent it through the side of the arch.
the element of the machine, Erik Lyra controlled the ball poorly when trying to cut a leaked ball from the rival and in the action he left Alexis Vega with an advantage, who had a revenge, but the end had the same result as the previous play, the ball over the goal and the Atletico soccer player lying on the grass cursing.
During the first minutes of the second half the light blue team was better with a Angel Romero finishing centimeters from the arch and later Santiago Gimenez finishing broken and within reach of the goalkeeper.
El Rebaño broke the zero through a corner kick and through an old acquaintance from the Azteca Stadium, Cristian ‘Chicote’ Calderonwho won the area from Rafa Baca and headed precisely to stop Jurado and score his second goal of the season.
The lack of depth of Cruz Azul and the spirit of Chivas to see themselves up in the electronic caused the traditional “olé” to reverberate in the stands, but in favor of the visiting team, while the locals began to show their displeasure with their squad.
At 71′, Alexis Vega jeopardized the result by leaving the Flock with ten players after a tackle from Ignacio Rivero, with whom he has an old quarrel over an injury caused in a friendly in 2020.
In the last moments of the match Cruz Azul missed a great opportunity. The ball bounced inside the large area and John Escobar he was not able to reach the round that Eduardo Torres did touch.
In the end, La Maquina ended up losing points in the search for a direct pass to the Liguilla, while El Rebaño rose to tenth position and returned to the playoff zone.
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Blue Cross vs. Guadalajara – Match Report – April 16, 2022 – ESPN