Brendan Doherty

📝Cruz Azul 0-1 Chivas: Finalists fail to impress early in Clausura

La Máquina are struggling through two matchdays while Chivas de Guadalajara are sitting atop the Liga MX table with six points

Cruz Azul fell late to Chivas from the Azteca Stadium in Mexico’s capital on matchday 2 of the Clausura 2019.

La Máquina drew Puebla at the Cuauhtémoc Stadium on matchday 1 while Chivas beat Tijuana 2-0 at Omnilife Stadium in Jalisco.

The sacred flock continued their strong start to the Clausura 2019 by defeating Cruz Azul in Mexico City on Saturday.

The first half left a lot to be desired from both sides but the quality of the match picked up after the intermission.

Argentine forward Milton Caraglio thought he had put the home team ahead in the 68th minute but his strike was disallowed for offside.

Ronaldo Cisneros scored the game’s only goal after Carlos Cisneros pinged a ball in from the left flank in the 79th minute and the 22-year-old forward beat goalkeeper José de Jesús Corona to the ball.

In perhaps a heartening sign for the long-suffering fans of the team in red and white, Chivas have now scored all three of their goals this torneo in the second half of games.

La Máquina was not completely listless in the match, however; they managed 13 total shots and 1 on target. That effort forced 22-year-old Chivas goalkeeper Raúl Gudiño into a quality save to preserve his clean sheet.

Cruz Azul had brought in a number of players over the brief close-season but none of those reinforcements has stood out yet.

While the sample size is small, just the two games so far this Clausura, fans of the Cementeros should be worried if the team does not develop greater chemistry as the season builds.