Red Card Dooms FC Juarez in Home Loss to Chivas
Red cards have been coming cheap at FC Juarez in their inaugural season in Liga BBVA, and on Sunday referee Arturo Ramos gave the Bravos basically one for free. This would significantly help the Chivas de Guadalajara, leading to their victory over the Bravos by the score of 2-1.
The red card that would be the the main, determining factor came at a point in the match were FC Juarez was dominating the team from Guadalajara and leading by the score of 1-0. Up to this point the team from the Borderland was closer to scoring a second goal than for the visiting team was to scoring their first.
FC Juarez got off to a quick start on Sunday, creating their first chance on goal in the first couple of minutes. In the 13th minute the Bravos would take the lead when Diego Rolan would make run towards goal, taking a shot that would be blocked by Chivas goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez, the deflected block would land at the feet of Diego Lezcano who would simply push the ball in for the goal.
With Bravos dominating, the incident that would give the numerical advantage to Chivas occurred in the 43rd minute. Lezcano would get a yellow card, not letting it go and going away quietly, Lezcano had some words for the referee and without any hesitation Arturo Ramos would pull out the red card.
With a one man advantage, Chivas would come out in the second half offensively motivated. They would tie the match in the 49th minute when Jose Antonio Molina would score off a corner kick heading the ball in.
The heart breaker for the 19,700-plus fans in attendance at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium would come in stoppage time (92nd minute, the referee gave 4 minutes stoppage time) for the Bravos when Javier Lopez would dribble in the Bravos goalbox, get around two defenders, take a left footed strike getting the ball past goalkeeper Ivan Vasquez Mellado.
The Bravos will have to turn the page quickly on this heartbreaking loss as they will play a midweek league match on Thursday a Morelia, before return home on Sunday, November 3rd to face Xolos de Tijuana.