Santos Laguna vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Jornada 1 Recap and Highlights

Santos Laguna earned a comfortable 3-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara to see them start the Apertura 2019 season at the top of the table.

Santos came out looking to make their home field advantage count, and they looked dangerous from the beginning, with Brian Lozano hitting the woodwork in the 11th minute. Chivas struggled to make their mark on the game, displaying a lack of creativity in the final third.

It looked like the game would go to halftime goalless, though, as Santos also struggled to find the breakthrough. Then, in the 40th minute, the Guerreros won a free kick and Lozano sent it through Toño Rodríguez and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.

Santos picked up the pace in the second half and they soon had a second. In the 47th minute, Lozano turned provider as he played in a cross for Matheus Doria, whose header made it 2-0.

Chivas looked for a response, but they did little to trouble Jonathan Orozco; their best opportunity, through Alan Pulido, went wide.

Santos continued to create chances of their own, but Julio César Furch, Eryc Castillo, and Fernando Gorriarán all failed to convert their opportunities. Diego Valdés also saw a golden chance go begging as he contrived to put the ball over the crossbar when he found himself unmarked in front of goal.

But the pressure paid off in the end, and in the 78th minute the hosts put the game definitively out of reach. Lozano was involved once again as he sent the ball into the box for Furch, who managed to put it away from a bit of an awkward angle, sliding the ball between Rodríguez and the near post to make it 3-0.

With the 3-0 win, Santos reaches three points while Chivas still has zero.


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