Monarcas Morelia remained unbeaten under coach Pablo Guede with a 1-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara. The result gives the michoacanos two wins in a row while El Rebaño now has just one win in their last five – and remains winless in 12 on the road.
Morelia came out attacking as they looked to make their home-field advantage count, and they had success down the wings with Cándido Ramírez, Luis Mendoza, and Joaquín Martínez proving particularly active.
The hosts came close several times when “Shaggy” Martínez combined with Fernando Aristeguieta, “Quick” Mendoza tried his luck, and when Sebastián Vegas danced through the defense only to send his shot over the bar.
Chivas created some chances of their own, with Gilberto Sepúlveda sending a header wide and Alan Pulido forcing a save out of Sebastián Sosa.
Then, in the 33rd minute, there was a stoppage in play for a possible handball in Guadalajara’s box. After VAR review, Antonio Briseño was called for handball and Morelia was awarded a penalty kick.
Mario Osuna stepped up to take it, and he converted it to give the Monarquía the 1-0 lead.
Shortly after that, Chivas thought they should have had a penalty for a handball at the other end, but the referee waved play on.
In the second half, Chivas looked for a response and Sosa was called into action several times to keep the visitors off the board. With Chivas on the ascendancy, Morelia went into counterattack mode, and in the 66th minute they came within inches of adding an insurance goal. Mendoza took the ball downfield and played in Edison Flores, who sent his shot past the onrushing keeper but just wide of the post.
Morelia wasn’t able to add a second goal, but Chivas couldn’t find their way past Sosa, not even when they went into an all-out attacking formation towards the end. The lone goal stood up as Monarcas continue to climb in the standings.
With the 1-0 win, Morelia reaches 16 points while Chivas still has 11.