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Cauteruccio winner over Chivas keeps Cruz Azul perfect

Cruz Azul v Puebla - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Martin Cauteruccio struck early in the second half as Cruz Azul edged Chivas 1-0.

Under the torrential rain of Guadalajara, Chivas were bidding for their first win of the season and only their second league win at home all year.

And it was the hosts who showed all the attacking intentions early on, but it was Cruz Azul who had the better opportunities. In particular, la Maquina carried their own threat on the breakaway.

After a scoreless first half, Cruz Azul manger Pedro Caixinha surprised many by replacing starting forward Milton Caraglio for Martin Cauteruccio at the break. His gamble immediately paid off, and in the 47th minute, “Caute” dribbled his way towards the edge of the box before unleashing a shot past Raul Gudino.

After the goal, Cruz Azul latched on to more counterattacking play, and they came close to doubling the lead when Elias Hernandez struck the woodwork from the right wing.

Defensively, Cruz Azul kept their composure, but Chivas did have one final chance to level the score in the final play of the game. Right back Josecarlos Van Rankin sent a teasing cross into the box for Angel Sepulveda, who failed to connect properly with the ball.

The result leaves Chivas winless after two games, while Cruz Azul obtained their second victory of the season.