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Omar Bravo’s header seven minutes from time earned Chivas a 1-1 draw against direct relegation rivals, Leones Negros, at the Estadio Jalisco.
Leones Negros began the game with more intensity and their first chance of the game came with nine minutes on the clock. Jonathan Gonzalez had the ball at his feet on the right-hand side before sending a shot sailing over the bar.
Brizuela was Chivas’ liveliest player, and in the 31st minute, he found himself with space outside the area to shoot, but his shot went only inches wide of the far post.
Chivas manager, Jose Manuel de la Torre, introduced Carlos Fierro into the starting lineup for injured Marco Fabian, and in the 36th minute, his choice almost paid off. The former U-17 World Cup winner dribbled inside the box before hitting the post with a left-footed strike.
Neither team looked willing to take any risks before the second half as both teams divided possession.
However, three minutes into the second half, Gonzalez launched a cross from the right-wing for Fidel Martinez to run on to. Martinez failed to produce a good first touch, but the subsequent clearance from Raul Lopez was poor. The Ecuadorian found himself in front an empty net to put UDG in front.
Chivas kept searching for a way back into the game and they would find it near the end. In the 83rd minute, Brizuela sent an excellent cross into the box. De Nigris got a touch, but Omar Bravo powered his way to a header and equalized for Chivas.
At the final whistle, the draw was perhaps the best result for both teams as they move away from last place in the relegation table.