Chivas de Guadalajara kept their playoff hopes alive with a 1-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result extends El Rebaño’s unbeaten streak to six games, while the michoacanos saw their three-game home winning streak halted.
Matías Alemyda, with an eye on the upcoming Champions League semifinal, put out a mixed team with several young players along with an experienced core. Morelia had the better of the early going and forced a few saves out of Rodolfo Cota, but it was ultimately the visitors who took the lead.
In the 36th minute, Carlos Guzmán lost the ball and Rodolfo Pizarro took it into the box before beating Sebastián Sosa to make it 0-1 for Chivas with his first goal of the season.
Morelia came out attacking in the second half as they looked to tie the game. They kept Cota busy in goal, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Then, in the 62nd minute, Pizarro scored his second. After receiving the ball from Óscar Macías, Pizarro put his shot in off the post to make it 0-2 for the visitors.
Morelia kept pressing as they looked to get on the board, and in the 75th minute they were able to reduce the deficit. Two substitutes, Ángel Sepúlveda and Miguel Sansores, created the goal that made it 1-2.
The hosts couldn’t find a second goal, however, and Chivas kept the pressure on at the other end, with Pizarro hitting the crossbar as he came within inches of a hat-trick.
With the 1-2 win, Chivas reaches 15 points while Morelia still has 20.
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez, Carlos Guzmán (Miguel Ángel Sansores 56′), Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Diego Valdés, Rodolfo Vilchis (Ángel Sepúlveda 72′), Mario Osuna, Aldo Rocha, Gastón Lezcano (Jefferson Duque 68′), Raúl Ruidíaz.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Oswaldo Alanís, Carlos Salcido, Manuel Mayorga, Orbelín Pineda, Walter Gael Sandoval (José de Jesús Godínez 80′), Rodolfo Pizarro, Óscar Macías (Jair Pereira 68′), Edson Torres, Isaác Brizuela, José Juan Macías (Alan Pulido 61′).