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Marco Fabian and Angel Reyna each struck in the first half as Chivas defeated Pumas 2-1 in a packed Estadio Omnilife. Pumas hasn’t been able to defeat Chivas in Jalisco since 1982. Chivas, meanwhile, get their first victory of the year.
In the 18th minute, Chivas saw to put their well-documented struggles behind when Marco Fabian seized the opportunity to blast the ball from distance. His shot was a thing of beauty as it nestled the back of the net for Chivas’ opener.
De la Torre’s side was unable to muster complete possession of the ball after the goal. But Pumas, who were hit with injury to Ludueña before the game, created very little with the ball on their feet.
Right before the break, Chivas applied a second after Angel Reyna scored a volley. The goal arrived from a sweeping cross from the right-wing, Marco Fabian got a touch on it, and Reyna was there to finish it and end his 19 game scoring drought.
The Universitarios, despite introducing the Uruguayan attacker Jonathan Ramis for the second half, continued to struggle to get anything going, and in the 75th minute, Omar Bravo may had put things 3-0 but his shot went centimeters wide.
In the 83rd minute, Dario Veron tripped inside the box in a corner. The Paraguayan may have fallen to ground easily, but the ref pointed to the spot. Eduardo Herrera scored the penalty with ease to put Pumas within a goal.
The game immediately opened up as David Cabrera fell victim to another dubious call when he received a second yellow.
With injury time approaching, Pumas launched a hail mary pass to find Dario Veron alone inside the box. The defender finished above the goalkeeper for what seemed like the equalizer, but the ref was in no doubt that it was an offside.
The game finalized in controversy, but as in previous years, Pumas failed to put a convincing performance in Chivas’ own stadium. It is now 33 years and counting for them without a victory.