Chivas de Guadalajara earned their first victory of the Apertura 2018 season with a 0-2 away win against 10-man Veracruz. The result ends a two-game unbeaten streak for the Tiburones Rojos and keeps them winless at home this season.
The game started off slightly in Veracruz’s favor, but the hosts couldn’t keep possession and before long it was Chivas looking the better side. It took El Rebaño just 11 minutes to take the lead, with Eduardo López’s right-footed shot taking a deflection to beat Pedro Gallese and make it 0-1.
That goal energized Chivas, who came close to adding a second soon after through a free kick by Gael Sandoval that hit the outside netting. Then, in the 25th minute, they did make it 0-2, with “Chofis” López getting his second of the night as he collected a loose ball and chipped the keeper to put Chivas comfortably ahead.
Veracruz pushed forward as they searched for a way back into the game, but their comeback hopes took a blow early in the second half when Rodrigo Noya was sent off for a hard tackle in the 57th minute.
Chivas managed the game well and Veracruz was limited largely to shots from distance that did little to trouble Raúl Gudiño.
With the 0-2 win, Chivas reaches four points while Veracruz still has four.
Veracruz: Pedro Gallese, Rodrigo Noya, Osmar Mares, José Arturo Rivas, Jesús Paganoni, Joe Abrigo (Diego Chávez 46′), Wilder Cartagena (Luis Martínez 74′), José Ruíz, Adrián Luna (Carlos Esquivel 60′), Bryan Carrasco, Cristian Menéndez.
Chivas: Raúl Gudiño, Josécarlos van Rankin, Jair Pereira, Edwin Hernández (Miguel Ángel Ponce 62′), Mario de Luna, Orbelín Pineda, Javier López, Isaác Brizuela, Walter Gael Sandoval (Ángel Sepúlveda 73′), Michael Pérez, Ángel Zaldívar (José Godínez 91′).