Boos rang round the Estadio Omnilife at full time as Chivas failed to make any improvements on the limp performances of recent times against Chiapas, with relegation a real danger this season. Fernando Arce gave Chivas the lead but Julio Nava gave Chiapas a deserved equaliser in the second half prompting an angry reaction from the locals. Earlier, Morelia travelled to Toluca and despite having Luís Silva sent off with over 30 minutes remaining, Morelia hung on to a valuable point against title hopefuls, Toluca.
Toluca 0 – 0 Morelia
In the circumstances Morelia will be satisfied with a point from the Estadio Nemesio Díez but prior to Luís Silva’s reckless red card, it was the visitors who had been more impressive.
Up until the sending off, Morelia had bossed the midfield and created the better chances only to be thwarted by Alfredo Talavera but José Cardozo demanded more from his players once Los Diablos Rojos had their numerical advantage. Colombian, Duvier Riascos had been a threat all day but the best chance fell to Pablo Velazquez in the final 5 minutes. Carlos Rodriguez managed to turn it against the post and Morelia were able to survive the late scare.
Cardozo was unhappy with his sides failure to make their advantage count but both sides would be expected to be solid bets to qualify for La Liguilla.
Chivas 1 – 1 Chiapas
Despite the debuts of several new signings and the expectation of a brighter season, Chivas once again failed to impress in their Apertura opening match. Even though it was the home side that squandered a lead, it will be Chiapas the more disappointed by the result and Carlos Bustos’ post-match comments demanding improvements provided evidence of how he saw the game.
Fernando Arce, Angel Reyna and David Toledo all made their debuts in addition to the return of Mexico World Cup star, Carlos Salcido but they could do nothing to improve what was a hopeless opening 45 minutes.
Los Jaguares were the better side and came close to taking the lead when Franco Arizala’s shot crashed off the bar after a deflection off Salcido after half an hour. However, it was Chivas who would take the lead with new-boy, Arce providing the one moment of quality. His fiercely struck free kick from 30 yards had too much pace and swerve for Cesar Lozano and flew past the hapless keeper.
Chivas’ undeserved half time lead enabled them to play a little more on the counter after the break and they had chances to extend their lead, most notably when Angel Reyna’s excellent long range volley was parried by Lozano and then managed to palm away Omar Bravo’s follow-up header.
Chiapas remained a danger and eventually found their way back into the game via a Chivas youth product. Julio Nava played an excellent one-two with Vicente Vuoso before volleying in a thoroughly deserved equaliser.
Both teams pushed for the win and it was Chivas who wasted the best chance as Bravo tamely finished when through on goal but neither could find the decisive goal.
With a relegation scrap likely this season, Carlos Bustos was right: “We have to play better and the result is not good for us.“