Chivas de Guadalajara ended a two-game losing streak with a 0-1 away win over Veracruz on Friday night. The Tiburones Rojos have now lost three straight and the game ended with the frustrated crowd chanting “Fuera Marini”.
Chivas came out determined to end their losing streak against one of the Apertura’s struggling teams, and the visitors dominated the game for the first 20 minutes. They were unable to turn that dominance into goals, however, and as the game progressed the match evened out somewhat.
Even so, it took Veracruz just about an hour to begin to string some dangerous opportunities together, with Juan Ángel Albín and Adrián Luna coming close to opening the scoring.
But just when the Tiburones Rojos were enjoying their best spell of the game, Chivas finally broke the deadlock. In the 77th minute, Jesús Sánchez sent a cross into the box and Néstor Calderón found himself unmarked, giving him an easy header to make it 0-1.
The visitors had had the better of the chances throughout the game – including a free kick by Edwin Hernández that hit the crossbar – and the late goal took the air out of Veracruz’s sails. The hosts were unable to muster a response as they slipped to a third straight defeat.
With the 0-1 win, Chivas reaches 17 points while Veracruz remains on nine.
Veracruz: Édgar Hernández, Lucas Rodríguez, Leobardo López, Rodrigo Noya, Jesús Paganoni, Gabriel Peñalba (Édgar Andrade 55′), Marco Vidal, Juan Ángel Albín (Agustín Vuletich 78′), Adrián Luna, Daniel Villalva (Juan Pérez 46′), Julio César Furch.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Carlos Salcido, Hedgardo Marín, Edwin Hernández (Javier López 58′), Orbelín Pineda, Isaác Brizuela, Jesús Sánchez, Michael Pérez (Jair Pereira 85′), Carlos Cisneros, Alan Pulido, Ángel Zaldívar (Néstor Calderón 71′).