Another Liguilla, another quarterfinal where Chivas are at risk of being eliminated after just one around. The Rebaño Sagrado host rival Atlas needing to win to have any possibility of moving on to the semifinals for the first time under coach Matias Almeyda.
The first leg ended with a Rojinegros win, which was an especially sweet victory considering they failed to concede an away goal. The only goal of the match was scored by Matias Alustiza from the penalty spot, as Atlas’ superb defensive line did the rest of the work.
Chivas have been heavily hampered by injuries in recent games, and once again it showed, with Matias Almeyda’s men repeatedly exhibiting their ineffectiveness in the final third. Chivas’ woeful finishing has charged the team with six straight league games without a win, and they have just scored two goals across those six games, something they are going to have to do if they are to have any chance of advancing to the semifinals.
For Atlas, this is looking a lot like their Apertura 2004 victory over their rivals. After a 1-0 victory in the first leg, the Rojinegros went on to knock out Chivas by a score of 4-3 on aggregate. Atlas will hope history repeats itself -to claim their first semifinal berth in 13 years, while also spoiling the house party of their most hated rivals.
Date: Sunday, May 14
Time: 4:00 PM Pacific, 6:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Eastern
Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Mexico
Television: Univision Deportes (US-Spanish), Unimas (US-Spanish), TDN (Mexico), Claro Sports (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico)
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