Chivas de Guadalajara took the bragging rights in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Tapatío with a 0-1 away win against Atlas. The result is a third straight loss for the Rojinegros, who have yet to score this season, while El Rebaño has now won three in a row.
On a rainy night in Guadalajara, Atlas suffered an early setback as Mario de Luna had to leave the game with an injury in just the 2nd minute. Nevertheless, the Rojinegros had several early chances. Cristian Calderón got his head to a free kick, only for the ball to go just wide; Calderón later tried his luck from distance with a shot that froze the keeper but ended up off target.
Chivas soon began to control possession, however, and they had chances of their own. Javier López forced a flying save out of José Hernández and then Orbelín Pineda had a chance from within the six-yard box, only for Lorenzo Reyes to make the goal-line clearance.
In the second half, Chivas came out attacking and Pineda had another good opportunity, only for Hernández to intervene again. But in the 63rd minute, the persistence of Chivas – and Pineda – paid off as the 22-year-old’s shot from outside the box nestled into the corner to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
Atlas looked for an equalizer as they tried to break their shutout streak with increasing desperation, but that elusive first goal just wouldn’t come. Jefferson Duque had the best chance of the half for the hosts, but his attempt hit the crossbar.
With the 0-1 win, Chivas reaches 10 points while Atlas still has two.
Atlas: José Hernández, Leiton Jiménez, Omar González, Cristian Calderón, Ismael Govea (Gaddi Aguirre 45′), Juan Pablo Vigón, Ricardo Álvarez (Brayan Garnica 22′), Ulises Cardona, Lorenzo Reyes, Edyairth Ortega (Raúl Rivero 74′), Jefferson Duque.
Chivas: Miguel Jiménez, Josécarlos van Rankin, Jair Pereira, Edwin Hernández, Mario de Luna (Juan Basulto 2′), Orbelín Pineda, Javier López (Alan Pulido 82′), Isaác Brizuela, Walter Gael Sandoval, Michael Pérez, Ángel Zaldívar (José Godínez 89′).