“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” – Murphy´s Law
After a tough loss that resulted in elimination from the Copa MX at the hands of longtime hated rivals, Club America, Chivas seeked to turn things around in Liga MX gameplay with a rematch against the same opponent in Week 11 of the Clausura 2019 season, this time at home.
The game got off to a bad start for them however, as Renato Ibarra was able to assist Nicolas Castillo, who with a powerful header, left Raul Gudiño with absolutely no chance and handed Club America the 0-1 lead after only three minutes of play. Later in the first half, Chivas midfielder Jesus Molina went cleats-first on his Club America counterpart Guido Rodriguez, which the referee deemed as a red card.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Mexico’s only Nationally-based players team, forward Alan Pulido threw himself onto the ground, unable to continue due to a knee injury. And so, already one man down, Cardozo had no choice but to sub a forward like Pulido out of the game, and instead play a central defender like Miguel Basulto to try and bring some stability to Chivas´midfield. There seemed to be a glimmer of hope for Chivas´ fan base. After all, they were only 45 minutes in, one man down, had the home field advantage and a one goal disadvantage.
Well, it didn’t take long for Club America to turn that glimmer into outright desperation as Andres Ibarguen took the ball into the box and made a sharp but apparently manageable shot for Raul Gudiño, but the latter could not stop the ball from hitting the back of the net, resulting in a 0-2 scoreboard at minute 49 of gameplay. The rest of the game resulted in Chivas trying their best to at least put up a good fight, struggling to even accomplish that. While Club America seemed to toy with their rivals, even going as far as having most of the fan base chant “Ole!” during various points in the second half as they passed the ball from one side of the pitch to the other.
This victory, along with the one he obtained during Copa MX gameplay just three nights earlier, makes Miguel Herrera Club America’s Head Coach with the most wins in Club history for El Clasico, racking up an impressive 22 wins. As far as Chivas Head Coach Jose Cardozo goes, the Chivas faithful are asking for him to be sacked and if there ever was an opportune time for that decision to be made, it would definitely be one with an upcoming fecha FIFA giving Liga MX clubs two weeks off.