It was billed as the game of the week, a match-up between undefeated teams, and a new version of the Mexico City-Guadalajara “clasicos.” The game did not disappoint with action taking place on both sides of the field. Cruz Azul defeated Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 at the Omnilife Stadium maintaining their undefeated streak while ending the Rebaño Sagrado’s.
The maquina cementera won their first game at the Omnilife, ending a drought that dates back to when the stadium first opened in 2010. After week 5 of the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX, Cruz Azul sits atop of the league table, alone, and the only undefeated team this season.
The game was highly contested as both teams played to an action-packed first half that went to break with a 0-0. Chivas Coach Jose Luis Real did not hold back his punches and fielded star strikers Omar Bravo, Aldo DeNigris, and Rafael Marquez-Lugo. Despite the powerful offensive power set up by Real, the goats could not connect.
Luis Fernando Tena’s team maintained a patience on the pitch that is worthy of being called maquina (machine in Spanish). His lines across the field held possession and did their jobs with precision slowly wearing down the Guadalajara defense.
On a counter run in the 48th minute Mariano Pavone took the ball into the penalty area, almost to the line. The Argentine looked up and centered. Mauro Formica had just cleared his marker and headed the ball past the keeper to give the celestes the 1-0 lead.
The Argentine’s goal knocked the Rebaño Sagrado off their game plan. Within four minutes the Clausura 2013 Copa MX champions were breaking the net once more. On a set piece, Rogelio Chavez shot to the far corner. The ball bounced past goalkeeper Jose Rodriguez who could do little to prevent it from entering his net.
Cruz Azul did not ease off on their attack after the second goal. They constantly moved forward trying to get the third. Again with precision and tact, the maquina moved forward coming close on several occasions to extending their lead. Their dominance left Chivas strikers like Bravo, DeNigris, and Marquez-Lugo nameless during the game. The cementeros claim the three points and continue as the top team in La Liga MX. A set back for Cruz Azul is that Marco Fabian de la Mora left the game in the 69th minute due to injury.
In week 6 Cruz Azul continues on away games. They will travel to Cancun to take on Atlante FC at the Andres Quintana Roo Stadium. Chivas travels to the Cuauhtémoc Stadium to face Puebla FC.
America 1, Atlante 0
Santos 2, Toluca 0
Veracruz 0, Puebla 1
Monterrey 0, Tigres UANL 0
Pachuca 0, Atlas 1