Chivas Guadalajara vs. Club America: Final score 0-4, Goats embarrassed again

Brian Bahr

Another tournament, another disappointing Clásico for Chivas.

Chivas Guadalajara appeared to close some of the gap between them and Club America leading up to this edition of the Super Clásico, but the Goats fell apart in front of a disappointingly sparse crowd at Estadio Omnilife. Chivas were never involved in the game, falling victim to a 4-0 beating that solidified America's Liguilla position and shut Chivas out of the top eight.

America were dominant in the opening minutes, picking apart Chivas' defense with ease en route to an early two-goal lead. Luis Gabriel Rey scored both goals, six minutes apart, and in completely different fashion. The first was a tap-in, but the second was a stunner.

Rubens Sambueza assisted the opener with a hard, low cross that might have been intended for the far post, but seemed more like a hopeful ball destined for a lucky deflection. Somehow, it eluded a sea of Chivas and America players, eventually falling to the back post for Rey, who got on the end of it with a sliding effort.

Six minutes later, he struck again, taking advantage of a bad clearance. Moises Munoz booted the ball upfield toward his forwards, but it eluded all of them and fell to Jair Pereira. But he botched his attempt to get the ball clear, only hitting it as far as Rey, who struck a brilliant volley from 25 yards that swerved past Jose Rodriguez.

Chivas were the more ambitious side from then on, but only have a handful of half-chances. Their best opportunity to score came in the 30th minute, when Carlos Fierro found Jorge Enriquez with a cross, but "Chaton" hit the crossbar instead of the wide open goal.

But things didn't turn around for Chivas in the second half. America had no problem steamrolling their way into a third goal, scored by Raul Jimenez, with two shots preceding his. Miguel Layun had his long range effort saved and Rey's attempt at poking in the rebound was blocked before a third chance fell to Jimenez, who finished from close range.

Luiz Mendoza added a fourth for America in impressive fashion in the 74th minute, chipping Rodriguez for a goal just three minutes after coming into the game. He took a heavy touch on a ball in by Sambueza, but was able to catch up to it and beat Rodriguez in a race before popping it up over the Chivas keeper, adding to the home side's embarrassment.

Chivas: J. Rodriguez, C. Rodriguez, Araujo, Pereira, Vidrio, Hernandez, Enriquez (Gonzalez 81'), Castro, Fierro (Ramirez 63'), Solis (Lopez 65'), De Nigris

Goals: None

America: Munoz, Maza, Mosquera, Pab. Aguilar, Layun, Molina, Martinez (Aldrete 68'), Sambueza (Medina 84'), Pau. Aguilar, Jimenez, Rey (Mendoza 71')

Goals: Rey (9', 15'), Jimenez (56'), Mendoza (74')

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