Bravos de FC Juarez obtained their first win of the 2020 Apertura season when they defeated Necaxa by the score of 1-0 Friday night at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium in their first home match of the season.

As a result of the win, the Bravos now have 4 points on season after two matches. This places the Bravos in 3rd place in the general standings table. However, a majority of the teams still have their week two match pending so that will most likely change by the time the weekend is over.

FC Juarez.

As for the match itself, it was a competitive one that saw two teams be proactive in getting the win and not play for a draw. It was a very vertical match that resulted in plenty of chances created on goal by both sides. Unfortunately both teams failed to put the ball in the back of the net in the first half.

The second half would pick up right where the first half left off, with both teams being offensively aggressive. Ten minutes later the Bravos would get a penalty called in their favor. A VAR (Video Assistant Referee) review would uphold the call but would downgrade a red card, that was given to Necaxa’s Jairo Gonzalez on the PK call to a yellow card.

FC Juarez.

Eryc Castillo would take the penalty kick for FC Juarez it would be blocked by goalkeeper Luis Malagon, the blocked kick rolled back to Castillo who then proceeded to take another right footed strike and put the ball in the back of the net.
The comfort of the one goal lead would be very short lived as one minute later (62nd minute) Luis Alberto Lopez would receive his second yellow card of the match and be sent off with a red card.

FC Juarez.

Fortunately. the team from the Borderland would be able to survive the offensive onslaught in the final 34 minutes of the match (including stoppage time) to get the win.

After the match, head coach Gabriel Caballero praised his team’s collective effort and their girt to be able to get the victory at home. Caballero commented, “First of all I have to feel proud of this team and their great effort. They have gone all out these first two matches and that’s what counts. Tonight, as well as in the first match of the season, some adverse situations have been presented before us and the team has met them head on and overcome them. We will continue to take things step by step as we always have.”

The next step for the Bravos will be match on the road against Pumas. That match will take place next Sunday, August 9th, the kickoff is scheduled for 11am MST.