Chivas takes on Monterrey in this weekend's marquee fixture

Mexican Primera Division, 2011 Apertura, Round 6: Chivas Defeat Monterrey, Santos-Morelia Abandoned Due To Suspected Gunfire

Chivas vs. Monterrey is by far the highlight of this week's Mexican Primera action

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Chivas Guadalajara Vs. Monterrey: Full Time, Alberto Medina Scores Fantastic Winner For Goats

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.


Chivas Guadalajara Vs. Monterrey: Halftime, Score Tied 1-1

Chivas Guadalajara and Monterrey have lived up to the billing thus far in their Mexican Primera showdown, playing a wide open game with plenty of action. Though both teams are missing some key pieces, they have found ways to compensate and both teams look like they're very much in the game and able to create goals. The score is tied 1-1 at halftime, and it would be extremely surprising if that was the end of the scoring in this match.

The first goal of the match was scored by Monterrey's Cesar Delgado, tapping in a cross by Neri Castillo. The speedy Castillo and new signing Delgado have been arguably the two best players on the pitch even independent of the goal, but the fact that they're on the scoresheet at all is impressive. Central defenders Johnny Magallon and Hector Reynoso have been fantastic, but there was little they could do about Monterrey's 25th minute goal.

Unfortunately for Monterrey, they gave back their lead instantly. Chivas drew a penalty in the 28th minute which was converted by Marco Fabian, tying the score at 1-1. There have been plenty of chances since then - more of them for Monterrey - but nothing has come of them. Luis Michel has been stellar between the pipes for Chivas, saving what looked like a couple of sure goals.

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