Chiapas snatch a late winner and condemn Chivas to their first loss of the season

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By Rafael

Chivas lost ground in the relegation battle after dropping three points against Chiapas in the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.

The Puebla and Veracruz wins earlier in the round presented Jose Manuel de la Torre’s side with an even more complicated position in the relegation table.

Meanwhile De la Torre’s decision to demote Erick “Cubo” Torres and veteran Fernando Arce to Chivas’ U-20 was a decision questioned by many.

Midway through the first half, Angel Reyna almost gave Chivas a penalty after he dribbled past his marker and received contact inside the box, but the ref deemed it a dive. It was the correct decision too as Chivas increased their approaches towards Chiapas’ goal.

However, neither team could consolidate themselves fully with the ball and they headed into the half scoreless.

Chiapas went into the game on the back of an impressive 2014 Apertura season, and in the 59th minute they would show why. Diego de la Torre sent a sweeping cross into the box which Carlos Salcido deflected into his own net to put the home-side ahead.

Salcido was awarded the perfect opportunity for redemption, but after some confusion inside the box following a corner, the Chiapas goalkeeper was there to hold on to the ball.

Omar Bravo leveled things up in the 74th minute after a beautiful cross from the left-wing. It was an awkward way to score a goal as it looked like it hit the forward’s face before entering the back of the net.

Chiapas was coming into the game more and more and Arizala gave Chivas a scare by forcing the goalkeeper to a save in the 84th minute.

There was still time for a winner, and in the 87th minute, Aviles Hurtado would head in a cross from the left-hand side to put Jaguares up.

Israel Castro almost grabbed a late equalizer in the 90th minute, but the goalkeeper responded quickly to force a corner.

At the final whistle, it was another disappointing performance from Chivas as Jaguares left it late to get their first three points of the season.

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.