Chivas de Guadalajara picked up a 3-0 win against the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, which puts El Rebaño into the semifinals with a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Chivas needed to score in this one after falling 1-0 in the first leg, and they tested goalkeeper Stefan Frei early. Javier López had the first chance for the hosts following a cross from Rodolfo Pizarro, but the ball went straight to the keeper.
The visitors then suffered a setback after Will Bruin was forced out of the game in just the 8th due to a clash of heads. Seattle would then lose veteran defender Chad Marshall after another collision left him with a badly swollen right eye, forcing his substitution in the 35th minute.
Despite those changes – and Chivas’s dominance in both possession and chances – the game remained 0-0 at halftime.
But that soon changed in the second half. In the 50th minute, Oswaldo Alanís sent his free kick into the back of the net to give Chivas the 1-0 lead on the night, which tied the aggregate 1-1.
Five minutes after that, Chivas went ahead in the series when López chipped the ball over the onrushing Frei and then nodded it into the empty net to make it 2-0 (2-1).
Seattle still needed just one goal due to the tiebreakers, but Chivas put the series out of reach in the 80th. The Sounders lost the ball in their own box, Isaác Brizuela played it to Jesús Godínez, and he made it 3-0 (3-1) as Chivas became the only 2018 quarterfinalist to overturn a first-leg deficit and advance.
With the 3-0 (3-1 aggregate) win, Chivas advances to the semifinals while Seattle is eliminated.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Oswaldo Alanís, Jair Pereira, Edwin Hernández (Michelle Benítez 86′), Carlos Cisneros, Javier López (Carlos Salcido 88′), Orbelín Pineda, Michael Pérez, José Godínez (José Macías 82′), Rodolfo Pizarro, Isaác Brizuela.
Seattle: Stefan Frei, Chad Marshall (Kim Kee-Hee 35′), Roman Torres, Waylon Francis, Jordan McCrary, Clint Dempsey, Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Will Bruin (Lamar Neagle 8′), Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Henry Wingo (Kelvin Leerdam 81′).