Chivas de Guadalajara made a final minute come-back to draw 1-1 with Chiapas FC at the Victor Manuel Reyna stadium in their first game of the Apertura 2013 of La Liga MX. Chivas, like Club America had not played the first league game due to the amount of players they have with the national team.
The Guadalajara hero was Angel Zaldivar, the 19 year-old rescued the point with a 90 +1 minute goal to start Chivas’ season on a good foot. Zaldivar entered the game as a substitution in the 70th minute. Former Chivas player Carlos Ochoa scored for Chiapas in the 18th minute of play.
The game did not start well for Chivas as Chiapas came out to attack. Within minutes the Jaguares were on the prowl. Miguel Muñoz Mustafa and Ochoa were quick to take shots on the Chivas net. However, their insistence paid off in the 18th minute. Ramon Mandieta centered to Ochoa who cleared his marker and headed down past goalkeeper Luis Michel to give the Chiapanecos the go-ahead goal.
For the remainder of the half both teams kept on the attack with neither able to take full control of the game. After 45 minutes of near misses, the first half concluded with Chiapas leading 1-0.
The second half had Guadalajara taking control of the game with strike after strike. But the Rebaño Sagrado was unable to break the net. With 20 minutes left in regulation Zaldivar entered the game for Antonio Gallardo. For a few minutes Chiapas took over the field as Chivas began to readjust.
In the final ten minutes Chiapas decided to fall back to defend their lead and gave up full control of the ball to Chivas. The rojiblancos took advantage of this and moved up looking to close the gap.
Zaldivar appeared for the first time in the 84th minute with assistance, but Chivas were denied. The 19 year-old had another shot that was cleared from the line as he applied pressure on Chiapas. He had three shots on goal in the final minute of play. Finally, in the 90 +1 he broke the net with left footer from inside the goal area for the 1-1. Chivas had remounted and taken the game from Chiapas.
Chivas Coach Benjamin Galindo’s strategy came together as the game progressed. By the second half the goats had pressed the Chiapas players to their end of the field with shots that missed the net by inches. Speed and the ability to connect with each other was the key for Chivas. As time ticked the team appeared to get better. Chiapas opted for defending their lead, but it was a matter of time before Chivas would get on the board. While not a victory, the Rebaño Sagrado begins the Apertura 2013 season on the right foot.