MEXICO CITY, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Guadalajara, one of the most popular clubs in Mexican soccer, beat Atlas 3-2 on Saturday with a goal and an assist from Uriel Antuna on matchday 14 of the Guard1anes tournament.
With their sixth win, the “Chivas” from Guadalajara reached 22 points to place in seventh place overall.
“This result is very important, although it does not close well, we achieved a good victory categorically. We are improving day by day, the team shows better, I know there are details, but we are on the right track,” said technical director Víctor Manuel Vucetich .
“We seek to please and please people within football, extraordinary goals were scored and I think the victory is deserved for what was done on the field,” he said.
The so-called “Sacred Flock” opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a cross shot from Antuna inside the area after eluding a defender.
José Juan Macías scored the second goal in the 41st minute when he defined in the area after receiving a pass from Antuna.
Atlas had the option to discount at 72 minutes by way of a penalty kick, but goalkeeper Raúl Gudiño stopped the shot by Argentine Victor Malcorra.
Guadalajara scored the third in the 85th minute through Isaac Brizuela, who made the mark inside the area after making a wall play with Dieter Villalpando.
Atlas discounted two minutes later when Chilean Ignacio Jeraldino defined within the small area after Gudiño blocked a first shot.
The “Rojinegros” from Atlas scored the second goal in spare time with a penalty that Malcorra converted in the 96th minute.
In other games on Saturday, the defending champion Monterrey beat Puebla 3-1 with goals from Ake Loba from Ivorian and from Argentina’s Nicolás Sánchez and Rogelio Funes Mori. Puebla discounted with a goal from Santiago Ormeño.
Meanwhile, Tigres UANL beat Cruz Azul 2-0 as a visitor with goals from Uruguayan Nicolás López and Frenchman André-Pierre Gignac.
On Sunday, Pumas UNAM will face Toluca and Santos Laguna will play Pachuca.
The day will be completed on Monday when León receives América at the Victoria Stadium in Aguascalientes.
The León club changed the venue of the match that will play against América due to an administrative and legal problem with the owner of the Nou Camp stadium.
On Friday, Necaxa and Mazatlán won in the matches that marked the return of the fans to soccer stadiums in Mexico after several months in which they were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Necaxa beat Tijuana 2-0, while Mazatlán beat Bravos de Ciudad Juárez 3-2 in the match that marked Tomás Boy’s debut as technical director of the winning team following his appointment on October 5.
The Mexico League announced Wednesday that fans will be able to gradually return to soccer stadiums, seven months after the coronavirus pandemic alienated the public from mass events in the country.
At the start of the day, Atlético San Luis, which had not known victory since September 8 when it beat Necaxa on the ninth day, returned to the path of victory on Thursday after beating Querétaro 2-1.
(Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)