Chivas de Guadalajara got their Clausura 2019 season off to a good start with a 2-0 victory against Tijuana. It was El Rebaño’s first home win since August, and they’ll hope it will be the first of many this season.
Tijuana started the game off better, creating more chances throughout the first 15 minutes, but the Xolos couldn’t make their opportunities count while they had them. The closest they came was a long-range shot by Diego Rodríguez that Raúl Gudiño sent out for a corner kick.
Chivas grew into the game and began to control possession. Isaác Brizuela, Dieter Villalpando, and Alan Pulido were particularly dangerous up top as they looked to threaten Manuel Gibrán Lajud’s goal.
The hosts found their best chance of the half in the 38th minute. Brizuela combined well with Alexis Vega before trying his luck with a powerful shot from inside the box, but he couldn’t get the attempt on target.
In the second half, Chivas continued to be the dominant side and in the 54th minute they got their reward. Brizuela sent a cross to the far post and Alan Pulido stooped to head it home, giving Guadalajara the 1-0 lead.
Tijuana tried to respond, and they had a few notable chances, including a shot by Fabián Castillo that forced a good save out of Gudiño. But they were unable to find the breakthrough.
Then, in stoppage time, Brizuela added an insurance goal to make it 2-0 for Chivas when he finished off a counterattack with an assist from Josécarlos van Rankin.
The game did end on a slightly sour note for Chivas, however, with a mass confrontation between the two sides ending with a red card for Jesús Sánchez in the 97th minute.
With the 2-0 win, Chivas reaches three points while Tijuana still has zero.
Chivas: Raúl Gudiño, Josécarlos van Rankin, Jair Pereira, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Hiram Mier, Dieter Villalpando (Fernando Beltrán 68′), Isaác Brizuela, Jesús Molina, Carlos Cisneros (Javier López 45′ – Hedgardo Marín 81′), Alexis Vega, Alan Pulido.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Julián Velázquez, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Diego Braghieri, Diego González, José Rivero (Eryc Castillo 73′), Diego Rodríguez, Luis Chávez (Miler Bolaños 77′), Antonio Nava (Omar Mendoza 62′), Juan Lucero, Fabián Castillo.