Chivas and Veracruz battle to a goalless draw

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By Rafael

Even with both teams involved in relegation trouble, Chivas and Veracruz could not find inspiration and settled for a disappointing 0-0 draw.

The Rebaño Sagrado now sit only three points above Puebla in the relegation table, with Leones Negros in very last.

Meanwhile, Veracruz remain undefeated in the league and with a partial advantage over Chivas in the relegation battle.

The Match:

Veracruz established quick possession of the ball, and three minutes into the game, Julio Furch had Veracruz’s first attempt of the game.

Jesus Arturo Paganoni lashed out a cross from the right hand side. Furch met the cross but his header went only inches wide of the post.

Veracruz’s dominance continued, and five minutes later, Leiton Jimenez hit the crossbar from an Edgar Andrade corner.

In truth, there was very little quality on display from either team.

But in the 48th minute, Chivas may feel undone again by questionable refereeing. Giovani Hernandez had a header sneak through Veracruz goalkeeper, Meliton Hernandez, but the ref called the goal back for an apparent foul on his defender.

Despite having second-half possession, Chivas lacked decisiveness in the final third. They struggled to break down Veracruz and and their constant crossing from the right-wing proved futile throughout the game.

In the 64th minute, Isaac Brizuela had one of Chivas’ second-half chances when he dribbled past his marker and forced the goalkeeper to a good save.

Seconds later, Chivas manager, Jose Manuel de la Torre, was sent off by the ref for complaining.

In the closing stages, Jose Ramirez had one last chance for the hosts but his curling effort was blocked by Meliton Hernandez.

At the end of the game, it was not one of the more memorable matches in recent history.

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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.