Cruz Azul remained top of the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 0-1 away win against Chivas de Guadalajara. The result extends El Rebaño’s long home winless streak, with Chivas last earning all three points in the Estadio Akron back in October 2017, while La Máquina have now won two in a row to start the season.
The game took place in a downpour in Guadalajara, which caused the kickoff to be delayed by about 25 minutes. The field was covered in patches of standing water, which resulted in a choppy, sloppy game.
The best chances of the first half came from set pieces and shots from distance that looked to catch out the goalkeepers in the difficult conditions, but neither team came particularly close as the game remained 0-0.
But just moments into the second half, Cruz Azul took the lead. Martín Cauteruccio entered the game at halftime and immediately made his presence count with a great individual play to make it 0-1 for La Máquina in the 46th minute.
Chivas pressed forward in search of an equalizer, but Cruz Azul was able to absorb the pressure; the visitors had the better of the chances, with Édgar Méndez and Elías Hernández looking dangerous. The latter hit the woodwork in the 79th minute.
Chivas had a great opportunity to equalize in the final minute of stoppage time, but Ángel Sepúlveda was unable to direct the ball home from within the six-yard box.
With the 0-1 win, Cruz Azul reaches six points while Chivas still has zero.
Chivas: Raúl Gudiño, Josécarlos van Rankin, Carlos Salcido (Walter Gael Sandoval 74′), Jair Pereira, Hedgardo Marín, Edwin Hernández, Orbelín Pineda, Javier López (Ángel Sepúlveda 55′), Isaác Brizuela, Alan Pulido, Ángel Zaldívar (José Godínez 66′).
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Adrián Aldrete, José Madueña, Elías Hernández (Igor Lichnovsky 89′), Édgar Mendez, Rafael Baca, Iván Marcone, Roberto Alvarado (Javier Salas 60′), Milton Caraglio (Martín Cauteruccio 45′).