Chivas Guadalajara are undefeated in the 2011 Apertura on the back of their absolutely spectacular defense, but that defense got plenty of help from the Goats' fantastic creative players on Saturday night as they posted an impressive 2-1 win over a strong Monterrey team. The Rayados were without both Humberto Suazo and a 90 minutes fit Aldo de Nigris, but they fielded a strong side nonetheless and the win was an impressive one for the home side.
Central defenders Johnny Magallon and Hector Reynoso, along with goalkeeper Luis Michel were immense once again, keeping a great Monterrey team at bay. Neri Castillo and Cesar Delgado were able to combine for a 25th minute opener for Monterrey, but that would be the best chance and the only goal they would get in the match.
Marco Fabian scored the equalizer three minutes later on a penalty kick, but Chivas did not get much of a momentum boost from that goal. For the final15 minutes of the half, Monterrey were the better side.
However, Jose Luis Real's side came out looking much better in the second half and were eventually rewarded for their work. Darvin Chavez was sent off in the 60th minute, giving Chivas a major advantage that they would eventually capitalize on.
Though young Marco Fabian has stolen away a lot of the spotlight recently, Alberto Medina stole the show on Saturday night with a Fabian-like goal of his own, dribbling past defenders on the byline before finishing through the legs of Jonathan Orozco, giving Chivas a winner that seemed inevitable from the time Chavez was sent off.