FC Juarez Obtains First Point Of 2021 Apertura Season
FC Juarez earned their first point of the season on Saturday afternoon after a 2-2 draw with Chivas in Guadalajara, Jalisco. The lone point awarded for the draw was bittersweet as Bravos were winning the match until in the 89th minute when the home team got the equalizer.
Still the draw and the point that comes with it is a breath of fresh air for Juarez, who desperately needed any type of positive result after starting the season with two defeats.
It didn’t take long for the scoreline to open up on Saturday afternoon as the Bravos took a 1-0 lead after a penalty kick was awarded to them when a player for Juarez was tripped up as he was attempting a shot on goal in the opposing goal box. Gabriel Mathias Fernandez took the kick from the penalty spot and converted to take the early lead.
The lead was short lived as 5 minutes later Chivas would get the equalizer when Angel Zaldivar found himself with a rebound in front of an empty net after an attempted shot was deflected.
FC Juarez would once again start the second half with a quick goal. Five minutes into the second half the Bravos would score and it would be Fernandez who would once again give his team the lead.
This time it was off of a cross that he would find just outside the small goalbox and take a right footed strike for the 2-1 lead.
A torrential downpour would begin shortly thereafter and remain for the rest of the match making things complicated for both sides.
The team from the Borderland would settle in and try and hang on for the win but it was not meant to be as in the 89th minute Chivas would get the equalizer that would deny the Bravos the 3 points for the win.
Jesus Godinez slipped through the defensive line and was left alone one-on-one with the Juarez goalkeeper easily putting the ball in the back of the net.
Still with this result, the Bravos find themselves in 14th place in the general standings table. Two places out of the playoff zone by two points.
After the match FC Juarez head coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti commented, “I thought it was an even, highly disputed match. Chivas started out by being much better than us maintaining ball possession. Slowly but surely we started to improve to where by the end of the first half it was an even match.”
Ferretti continued, “In the second half we continued to improve, we took the lead. Naturally Chivas became more aggressive (offensively) and we dropped back a bit. Still, I think we improved in a lot of aspects compared to the first two games of the season. There is a general improvement. We have to continue to work to continue to improve. As for today, I feel that the result was just.”
Up next for Bravos will be a home match on Friday night. They will host Xolos de Tijuana. The other team located on the U.S./ Mexico border in Mexican soccer will come in highly motivated as they have lost their first three games of the season. That match is scheduled to kickoff at 8pm.