Chivas de Guadalajara atoned for last weekend’s comedy-of-errors loss with a 1-0 victory over Monterrey on Saturday night. The loss keeps the Rayados winless in the Apertura 2016 season, while Chivas has now earned their first points.
Monterrey had the best attacking record in the league last season, but so far this season they have just one goal in two games. Tonight, at least, that was due in no small part to Rodolfo Cota’s performance in goal. Cota made a great save on Carlos Sánchez in the first half to prevent the visitors from taking the lead.
Chivas’s best chance of the first half came through Carlos Peña, but his shot went wide. Monterrey’s defense did well to cut out Guadalajara’s other promising attacks, including some crosses that could have been dangerous.
In the second half, Néstor Calderón – getting his first league start for El Rebaño – sent a spectacular volleyed effort past Alexander Domínguez from outside the box to give Chivas the 1-0 lead.
That goal gave the hosts some confidence and Ángel Zaldívar and Isaác Brizuela both had chances to add to Chivas’s advantage, but they couldn’t capitalize on them.
In the end, the lone goal was enough for Guadalajara as they claimed their first win of the season.
With the 1-0 win, Chivas reaches three points while Monterrey remains on one.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Carlos Salcido, Jair Pereira, Edwin Hernández, José Juan Vázquez, Orbelín Pineda, Jesús Sánchez, Carlos Peña (Javier López 60′), Isaác Brizuela, Ángel Zaldívar (Michael Pérez 82′), Néstor Calderón (Carlos Cisneros 74′).
Monterrey: Alexander Domínguez, Edgar Castillo, César Montes, José María Basanta, Hiram Mier, Walter Ayoví, Walter Gargano, Carlos Sánchez, Arturo González, Rogelio Funes Mori, Aldo de Nigris (Yimmi Chara 63′).