A late first-half penalty from Carlos Salcido helped Chivas snatch a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their 2016 Liga MX Apertura quarterfinal clash against rivals Club America.
Chivas looked to be running into trouble at the Estadio Azteca when William da Silva slotted home from a Silvio Romero flick in the 24th minute.
After riding the storm, though, the Rebaño Sagrado snatched the equalizer at the stroke of half-time. A penalty was called for an Edson Alvarez tackle on Carlos Alberto “Gullit” Peña. Carlos Salcido stepped up and timed his penalty run to perfection to put things at 1-1 heading into the break.
It was a compelling first half and Las Aguilas could take huge encouragement from their performance.
They then began to turn up the heat in the second half, and Miguel Samudio found space down the left and came within inches of giving America the lead.
It looked like Chivas might have a long second half to hold on, but they managed to level control of the game.
At the end, Guadalajara saw out the game to give themselves the edge heading into Sunday’s return leg.