Monarcas Morelia earned a valuable three points in this game between relegation rivals with a 1-2 away win over Jaguares de Chiapas. The result ends a four-game winless streak for La Monarquía, while Jaguares suffered their first home loss of the season.
Under the interim direction of Roberto Hernández, Morelia started the game off brightly, although they were unable to truly challenge Moisés Muñoz in goal in the early going.
But the visitors kept the pressure on and in the 26th minute they opened the scoring. Jefferson Cuero played the ball to Diego Valdés, who sent it on first-time to Andy Polo. The Peruvian finished it off to make it 0-1 for the michoacanos.
Jaguares were soon able to tie the game, however. Against the run of play, Brayan Angulo got free on the left and sent a low cross into the box. The unfortunate Gabriel Achilier deflected the ball into his own net to make it 1-1 in the 33rd minute with his own-goal.
Despite that setback, Morelia reclaimed the lead before halftime. In the 42nd minute, Valdés and Cuero combined again before Cuero played in Raúl Ruidíaz, who scored from within the six-yard box. 1-2.
In the second half, Jaguares looked for a second goal of their own, but Morelia’s defense stood firm and Carlos Felipe Rodríguez was in good form in goal.
Then, with just minutes left on the clock, Sebastián Vegas was called for a foul on Franco Arizala in the box and Jaguares had the chance to tie the game from the penalty spot.
Christian Bermúdez stepped up to take the PK, but the goalkeeper was the hero as he saved the attempt from “Hobbit” to keep Morelia in the lead.
With the 1-2 win, Morelia reaches eight points while Jaguares still have nine.
Jaguares: Moisés Muñoz, Félix Micolta, Félix Araujo, Juan Patiño, Brayan Angulo, Lucas Silva, Dieter Villalpando (Vanderley Dias 60′), Luis Mendoza, Jonathan Fabbro (Mateus Goncalves 46′), Marcelo Estigarribia (Christian Bermúdez 51′), Franco Arizala.
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastián Vegas, Diego Valdés (Juan Pablo Rodríguez 80′), Rodrigo Millar, Aldo Rocha, Andy Polo (Rodolfo Vilchis 63′), Raúl Ruidíaz, Jefferson Cuero (Gastón Lezcano 71′).