FC Juarez Defeat Cafetaleros de Tapachula 1-0 and Advance to Playoff Semifinals
On Saturday night, the Bravos de FC Juarez defeated Cafetaleros de Tapachula by a score of 1-0 to advance to the semi-final round of the 2015 Apertura Season of the Ascenso Mx league. 15,390 people were on hand to witness the Bravos latest victory which came in the stoppage time of the second half with only seconds left to go in the match.
Brazilian right midfield, Derley was the star of the night as he was the player that gave the Juarez supporters the joy of being able to yell “GOAL!” and celebrate an emphatic victory over the team from the state of Chiapas.
In the 92nd minute of play, Mario Ortiz played a long ball to Derley who was on a breakaway run down the right flank just when Cafetaleros were on a full out attack in need of the victory to advance. Derley dribbled the ball all the way to the opposing goal box where he was able to kick the ball and get it past the goalkeeper's left shoulder.
That goal locked up the team from the Borderland's ticket to the semi-final round in a match that went as expected. Bravos dominated all aspects of the game but did get off to a slow start not posing any real threat until the 25th minute of the match.
Tapachula was very physical throughout the match, causing a lot fouls and stoppage in play, making it difficult for Juarez to acquire any extended rhythm to completely dominate the match. However in the second half the Bravos started to roll and generate more opportunities on goal as the match arrived to its end.
The goal scored by Derley was well deserved by the team from the Borderland as they were more of an offensive protagonist than their rival on Saturday night.
Head coach Sergio Orduna commented after the match, “I believe we generated the clearest, most concrete opportunities to score over the course of the match. We don't have much time to prepare as on Wednesday out next step begins.”
That next step will be in the city of Zacatecas as FC Juarez will face Mineros de Zacatecas at a time that is yet to be determined. Mineros and FC Juarez tied 2-2 in week 2 of the regular season. Mineros finished the regular season in fourth place with 24 points on the season.
The team from the Borderland did not have any training sessions on Sunday. It initiated its preparation for Zacatecas on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. in a training session that was held behind closed doors with no media access.