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Chivas saved by VAR, go top of the Liga MX table with win over Toluca

Chivas v Toluca - Torneo Clausura 2019 Liga MX Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

In a game marred by controversy at the Estadio Akron, Alan Pulido scored a stunning strike in the second half as Chivas Guadalajara snatched a 1-0 win over Toluca to go top of the Liga MX table.

Chivas created the better openings to start the match, and had a penalty shout early when Fernando Beltran was brought down inside the Toluca box.

However, the Diablos Rojos sprung to life thereafter, and Raul Gudiño had to be called into action almost immediately, parrying a Luis Angel “Quick” Mendoza shot wide.

After a scoreless first half, the hosts began the second period brightly, and in the 57th minute, Alan Pulido grabbed the breakthrough for Chivas. Guadalajara’s number 9 performed a brilliant reception before turning and placing the ball in the bottom corner of the net.

Toluca then took control of the match, and with 15 minutes to go in the match appeared to have equalized when Enrique Triverio headed the ball past Gudiño. But after a lengthy review on VAR, the officials deemed the ball didn’t go fully past the line and the initial decision on the field was cancelled.

Despite a ton of added time at the end of the game, the Diablos Rojos were unable to find the equalizer, and Chivas were able to hold on to remain perfect in the 2019 Liga MX Clausura.