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Raul Gudiño stars as Clásico Nacional ends in 1-1 draw

America v Chivas - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Raul Gudiño’s last-minute penalty save marked the occasion as Club América were held to a 1-1 draw by rivals Chivas in the Clásico Nacional.

In an otherwise unentertaining first half, Oribe Peralta came closest to grabbing a breakthrough with a header after being denied by Chivas’s impressive 22-year-old goalkeeper Raul Gudiño.

In truth, Club América had enjoyed more possession and attacking potency through the first 58 minutes, up until Miguel Herrera’s men were left stunned when Alan Pulido gave Chivas the lead. Josecarlos Van Ranking eluded two defenders on the right- wing in splendid fashion before setting up Pulido from point-blank range. Replays later showed that Van Rankin was in a clear offsides position.

Club América’s reply was almost instant, with Paul Aguilar trying his luck with a bicycle kick that just went inches wide of Gudiño’s goal.

Gudiño made another outsandsting save in the 79th minute after Oribe Peralta tried his luck from just outside the box.

Las Águilas finally beat the youngster moments later when substitute Andres Ibargüen skipped his way past a defender before firing a deflected shot into the bottom corner of the net.

América came closest to a winner after equalizing, with Ibargüen and Renato Ibarra both unleashing shots from just outside the box.

With the game coming to a close, a penalty in favor of América was called after an American Football-like tackle from Gudiño on Henry Martin following a free-kick.

Gudiño, however, spared his blushes, blocking Mateus Uribe’s last-minute penalty kick to earn his side a hard-earned draw at the Estadio Azteca.

Club América are second in the Liga MX standings with 23 points. Chivas, on 15, find themselves tied in points with eighth-place Pachuca.