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Rafael Marquez Lugo became a Chivas hero with his two goals against Club America on Saturday.
Chivas Guadalajara have sparked their Apertura campaign to life, thanks to a spectacular second half performance by striker Rafael Marquez Lugo. The summer acquisition now has six goals in 10 league starts, two of those goals coming in the latter 45 minutes of Saturday's Super Clasico derby against Club America.
The two sides were level at the half, with America perhaps having the better of the play for the first hour, but Lugo shocked the hosts with a somewhat lucky goal at the 60 minute mark. He added another for good measure, guiding Chivas to a 3-1 victory.
Marco Fabian scored the opening goal for the Goats in the 35th minute, nodding in a throw in as the America defense fell asleep. The Super Aguilas answered quickly through Juan Carlos Medina, who struck a great finish from 12 yards to the far post in the 40th minute, sending the teams into the break level.
America looked like the more likely club to go ahead in the beginning of the second half, much like they did before Fabian's goal. But just like the last time the match was tied with America looking like the superior side, it was Chivas who managed to take the lead.
Lugo's first goal was an extremely lucky one. He took a speculative shot from 25 yards out that hit the back of an America defender, causing the ball to take a wicked deflection that gave Hugo Gonzalez no chance to make a save. Gonzalez should have done better on Lugo's second, though the shot was a brilliant one. Picking up a pass from Omar Ezparza, Lugo unloaded on a shot from a distance similar to his first, but caught his shot perfectly this time around. It floated over Gonzalez's fingertips and dipped down below the bar to double Chivas' lead.
Coming into the match, Chivas were in 11th place in Liga MX, behind the playoff spots by two points. They're now in 8th place, pending the result of Monarcas Morelia's match against Atlante on Sunday. America entered the match in 4th, but could fall to as low as 8th by the end of the weekend. Not only was this a massive rivalry win for the Goats, but it could have seriously altered the trajectory of both teams and their Liguilla chances for this season.