Despite a new coach, Chivas de Guadalajara was unable to get back on track as they fell 1-0 to Monarcas Morelia. The result ends La Monarquía’s own long winless streak – 10 games – while extending El Rebaño’s losing streak to four and their winless streak to seven.
The game started off slowly, with both teams struggling to find a rhythm. Chivas thought they had found the breakthrough in the 26th minute, but the referee had already whistled for a foul instead of allowing play on; Javier López’s would-be goal was disallowed, and they were unable to finish off the resulting free kick.
To add insult to injury, two minutes later Morelia scored. A great bit of team play ended with Edison Flores beating Raúl Gudiño to give the hosts the 1-0 lead in the 31st minute.
Chivas looked for a reaction and they had a chance or two before halftime, but Morelia’s defense stood firm. It was much the same story in the second half, with López, Jesús Molina, Isaác Brizuela, and Alan Pulido all having chances to tie the game, but a combination of poor finishing and impressive goalkeeping by Luis Malagón kept them off the board.
Guadalajara’s hopes of an equalizer took a blow in the 80th minute, when Brizuela was sent off with a straight red after a bad foul on Aldo Rocha. With the numerical disadvantage, Chivas had an even steeper hill to climb, but they remained in the game until the final moment as Morelia was unable to add an insurance goal.
In the end, however, one goal was all Morelia needed and they held on for their second victory of the season.
With the 1-0 win, Morelia reaches 11 points while Chivas still has 15.
Morelia: Luis Malagón, Efraín Velarde, Sebastián Vegas, Gabriel Achilier, Mario Osuna, Edison Flores, Cándido Ramírez (Miguel Ángel Sansores 60’), Rodrigo Millar, Aldo Rocha, Gastón Lezcano (Alberto Acosta 38’), Carlos Ferreira (Andrés Catalán 64’).
Chivas: Raúl Gudiño, Josécarlos van Rankin, Manuel Mayorga, Hedgardo Marín. Hiram Mier, Carlos Villanueva (Juan Basulto 60’), Javier López, Isaác Brizuela, Jesús Molina (Fernando Beltrán 86’), Alan Pulido, José Godínez (Dieter Villalpando 64’).