Guadalajara needed 3 points at home to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot and triumphed 2-1 over Mazatlán FC with a courageous comeback included at Estadio Akron during Matchweek 12 of Guard1anes 2020. Unexpectedly, it was Mazatlán who got on the scoreboard after a free-kick that found an open Osuna who shot, and even though Gudiño saved the first attempt he could not do anything to block Díaz’ follow upshot.
Minute 10, Chivas’ captain Molina released a header off target. Two minutes later, Guadalajara's captain found the back of the net and equalized the game with a precise and timely header straight towards the far post. Chivas siege continued and in minute 27 a sneaky Uriel Antuna lobbed the ball to Calderón and whose header was cleared off the line. A couple of minutes later, the VAR awarded a PK for ‘El Chiverío’ after a handball inside the box, consequently, Osuna was sent off, and José Juan Macías cashed in from the pk spot to give Chivas the lead.
During the second half, a 10-man Mazatlán had little room to maneuver and changed tactics and relying on counterattacks while Chivas continued with an all-out effort to increase the lead. In the 48th minute, ‘JJ’ almost got his brace as he rifled a right-footed shot but Sosa denied. Minute 54 ‘Cone’ unleashed a rocket from outside the box but Sosa saved again. In the 61st minute, José Juan Macías kept looking for a brace but his header did not end up in the back of the net. A few minutes later, minute 74 the referee stopped the game to check on a possible penalty kick following a foul on Hiram Mier but after revision did not award it.
During stoppage time, ‘Canelo’ Angulo shot a couple of times both of them unsuccessful for the Chivas side. El Rebaño reached 18 points to stand, momentarily, at sixth; next week a trip to Northern Mexico to face Xolos.
Guadalajara 2-1 Mazatlán FC
(Jesús Molina 13’, José Juan Macías pk 32’)
(Nicolás Ortíz 4’)
Referee: Adonai Escobedo González
Guadalajara: 1 Raúl Gudiño; 17 Jesús Sánchez (14 Antonio Briseño 75’), 21 Hiram Mier (YC 41’), 3 Gilberto Sepúlveda, 26 Cristian Calderón, 5 Jesús Molina (20 Fernando Beltrán 85’), 23 J osé Juan Vázquez, 11 Isaac Brizuela, 15 Uriel Antuna (19 Jesús Angulo 64’), 7 Alexis Vega (10 Eduardo López 64’), 9 José Juan Macías (24 Oribe Peralta 85’).
Coach. Víctor Manuel Vucetich
Mazatlán FC: 13 Sebastián Sosa, 4 Nicolás Díaz, 5 Carlos Vargas (195 Sagir Arce 85’), 16 José Ortíz, 28 Jorge Padilla, 6 Roberto Meráz, 7 Luis Ángel Mendoza (18 Gonzalo Jara 46’), 8 Mario Osuna (YC 22’ and 31’, RC 31’), 1 César Huerta, 27 Miguel Sansores (9 Fernando Aristeguieta 71’), 14 Martín Rodríguez.
Coach. Francisco Palencia