The past couple of weeks have been exciting ones for the fans of the Rebaño Sagrado, from the opening of their new stunning grounds, Omnilife Stadium, an event which included a 3-2 victory over English superpower Manchester United, to their first ever appearance in the Santander Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions’ League.
Anyone who thought the Chivas might become complacent in the shadow of the prestigious CONMEBOL tournament were forced to think again after Marco Fabian sent a first time missile past the San Luis goalkeeper Carlos Alberto Trejo in the 20th minute. This goal would be the difference in Guadalajara’s 1- 0 victory over Los Potosinos.
Fabian, who was booked just 12 minutes prior for a foul that was not his own, but rather of his teammate Mario de Luna, looked every bit of a man with a chip on his shoulder as he volleyed home what will have to be considered at the end of the season one of the top goals of Apertura 2010.
Prior to the goal, the game seemed as if it were definitely favoring San Luis as they would launch 4 of their eventual 5 attempts on goal within the first 20 minutes of play. But the tide would soon turn as Guadalajara starting pressing forward which culminated with a floated defensive header banging the crossbar in the 19th minute following a misjudgment of its strength by the keeper and immediately followed by the goal.
Down by a goal going into the second half, San Luis came out looking more inspired and started to control the pace and take more possession. The ultimate outcome of this would end up not being to their liking as several corners and a decent effort saved by a bit of skill from Michel in the 66th didn’t produce goals.
The game would end 1 – 0 with Chivas picking up 3 points to stay competitive in Group 1 despite their sluggish start. With the season only three fixtures old, the Chivas appear a force to be reckoned with even as they vie for their position as the top team in the Americas.
Other Tidbits from the Primera Division de Mexico
Miguel Sabah of the Monarcas of Morelia converted a hat trick following his 59th minute penalty as he lead his squad to a 6 – 0 rout of Queretaro. Sabah opened up the scoring, netting two goals in the first half.
The Pumas de UNAM continued to impress in a 2 – 0 victory over Cruz Azul. UNAM displayed beautiful finishing as Marco Antonio Palacios and Javier Cortez both put away beautiful efforts the former coming from a free kick.
And finally in Zapopan, in the late fixture, Puebla proved too much to handle as they controlled possession and opportunities on goal on their way to a 3-1 thumping of Estudiantes Tecos.
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