FC Juarez Obtains First Victory Of Season Against Chivas
It was a memorable Saturday night for FC Juarez as they obtained their first victory of the 2021 clausura season of the Liga BBVA MX league when they defeated Chivas de Guadalajara by the score of 2-1. The win was also FC Juarez first ever victory against Mexico’s most popular and historic soccer team in league play. As a result of the win, the Bravos have now accumulated 5 points after 4 matches in this young season as a result of 1 win, 2 draws, and 1 loss and are currently in 11th place in the standings table.
Saturday’s match in the state of Jalisco got off to a quick start. Bravos demonstrated an intensity to take control of the match from the opening kick, which was completely the opposite of how Chivas started the match. Bravos posed their first serious threat on goal in the first 5 minutes of the match.
FC Juarez would get on the board in the 10th minute when Dario Lezcano would make a run towards goal, the pass would be made and meet him mid stride. Lezcano would let the ball bounce once and without hesitation take a right footed strike that would find the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Several opportunities on goal created by both teams and excellent saves made by both goalkeepers would set up a vertical and offensively oriented first half.
In the 29th minute Flavio Santos would attack down the right flank and center the ball, 2 Bravos would be making their run or break towards goal. Lezcano would purposely heel kick the ball altering its trajectory were it would be met by Matias Garcia who was also making a run. Garcia would take a left footed shot squeezing it between a Chivas defender and their goalkeeper for the second goal.
The team from the Borderland would take a 2-0 lead into the dressing rooms at half as the question throughout social media would be how would the Bravos go about holding the lead in the second half.
Well, looking back one could say that they were a little too defensive in their approach, this facilitated Chivas domination in the second half. The home team had a majority of the ball possession and created significantly more opportunities on goal. That effort would pay off in the 77th minute when Jose Macias would score off of a header on a pass sent into the goalbox by Uriel Antuna.
The substitutions made by the Bravos coaching staff of defensive nature would ultimately be able to get the job done to obtain the victory.
The Bravos will now have a week off as they were originally scheduled to play Tigres, but that match was been rescheduled as Tigres is off to Qatar to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. That match between FC Juarez and Tigres has now been rescheduled to April 14th. Therefore, the Bravos next match will be a road match against Puebla on Friday, February 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 630pm MST.