Chivas de Guadalajara were close to earning a much needed victory on Wednesday in Copa MX action at the Nou Camp. The goats found the net in the 77th minute but lost the led eight minutes later ending the game 1-1 against Leon FC.
The teams are now in the third and final fixture of group play in the Copa MX. The final game will have Chivas hosting Leon at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara. Both teams currently hold 13 points and are competing to take group 6. The top team advances to the quarterfinals. The best second place team joins the seven group winners in the knock off round.
Chivas, in a desperate look for a needed win, fielded their best team. The Rebaño Sagrado has not won a game since their last Copa MX game against Dorados de Sinaloa on Aug. 28, 2013. The Guadalajara based team has not won a league game since Aug. 4, 2013.
The visitors took control of the pitch and dominated a youth squad that Gustavo Matosas fielded for the game. Things changed in the 29th minute when midfielder Jorge “Chaton” Enriquez was sent off. The numerical advantage gave the home side the needed breath of fresh air to turn the game around.
Despite being a man down, the visiting squad still controlled the game. After 77 minutes of play the Chivas faithful were looking at a return to the winner’s circle. On a set piece Nestor Vidrio was able to pierce La Fiera’s net for the 1-0. With only 13 minutes left in regulation, it appeared that Juan Carlos Ortega would lead the team to another victory.
However, the “esmeraldas” did not want to lose, especially to Chivas on their home turf. Leon increased the pressure on the visitors and eight minutes later they found the net. Mauricio Castañeda became the team hero when he found the net. The youth system player closed the gap and keeps Leon in the running to advance into the next round of the tournament.
As for Chivas, the team keeps chugging along looking for a win in any tournament.
Other Copa MX results:
Altamira 1, Correcaminos 2
Chiapas FC 3, Atlante FC 0
Pachuca 4, Veracruz 0
Queretaro 0, Pumas UNAM 0
Tigres UANL 3, Santos 0