Toluca extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday. That loss ends el Rebaño’s own five-game unbeaten streak, as well as their two-game winning streak.
The afternoon started off perfectly for the hosts. Toluca mounted a quick counterattack after Chivas earned an early corner kick, with Pablo Barrientos sending a through ball to Fernando Uribe. The striker got past Hedgardo Marín and shot past the onrushing Rodolfo Cota to make it 1-0 for the Diablos Rojos in the second minute.
Chivas looked to react to that early deficit by controlling the ball, but Toluca stood firm defensively and the visitors were unable to turn possession into clear chances.
Instead, in the 37th minute, Toluca added to their lead. Cota brought down Uribe in the box, with referee Erik Yair Miranda not hesitating to point to the penalty spot. Barrientos stepped up to take the spot kick and he converted it to make it 2-0 for the hosts.
Chivas made two halftime changes as they looked to get back into the game, and el Rebaño immediately began to look more dangerous. Ángel Zaldívar, Isaác Brizuela, and Marco Bueno all had good looks, but the scoreboard didn’t change.
Then, in the 75th minute, Alan Pulido controlled a rebound in the box and sent his shot into the back of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1.
That goal woke up Toluca, who began to press forward as they looked to restore their two-goal cushion. A good combination between Sinha and Jorge Méndez nearly did so, but Orbelín Pineda made a crucial clearance.
The closing stages of the game were a back-and-forth affair, but no more goals came at either end.
With the 2-1 win, Toluca reaches 13 points while Chivas remains on 14.
Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Paulo da Silva, Osvaldo González, Óscar Rojas, Antonio Ríos, Aldo Benítez, Pablo Barrientos (Sinha 69′), Erbin Trejo, Ernesto Vega (Jesús Méndez 55′), Carlos Esquivel (Diego Gama 84′), Fernando Uribe.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Hedgardo Marín, Edwin Hernández, Miguel Basulto, Orbelín Pineda, Isaác Brizuela, Jesús Sánchez (Marco Bueno 65′), Javier López (Néstor Calderón 46′), Michael Pérez (Alan Pulido 46′), Ángel Zaldívar, Carlos Cisneros.