Monday, April 1, 2013

America defeat rival Guadalajara 2-0

Raúl Jiménez

Raúl Jiménez's goals in the second half helped Club America defeat rival Guadalajara 2-0 at Omnilife Stadium to claim sole possession of third place in Liga MX.

The teams came out with all the intensity expected from a Super Clasico. The first half featured seven yellow cards, one red card, and a number of nasty-looking challenges.

Chivas right back Sergio Perez saw yellow within the game's opening moments, and he wouldn't even last until halftime. In the 35th minute, he had his arms draped around Christian Benítez as the striker chased a bouncing ball, which drew a second yellow.

If the red wasn't bad enough, the home side was ravaged by injuries in the opening half, which forced two substitutions. First, Jorge Enriquez was had to withdraw because of a knee injury and 10 minutes later, Hector Reynoso came off with a hamstring injury that had been bothering him before the game.

Wounded and down a man, halftime couldn't have come sooner for Chivas. Unfortunately, things were about to go from bad to worse.

Marco Fabian, who had initially been injured in the first half, had to finally withdraw in the opening minutes of the second stanza. And minutes later, the home side was behind.

After a short corner, Osvaldo Martínez hit a cross and Jimenez rose well to head across his body into the far post. The 21-year-old Mexico international wasn't done on the evening either.

With 15 minutes to play, Jimenez put the game away. Rubens Sambueza worked his way down the left flank, and his cross was met by Jimenez, who charged in front of his marker. His header was nearly saved by MIchel, but he could only get a hand on it, and the ball hit the post and trickled in.

Meanwhile in the Sunday's other fixture, American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored a tying goal in the 58th minute of Puebla's 2-1 loss at home to Tigres on Sunday in the Mexican first division.

Beasley entered at the start of the second half. He played left back for the United States in its 0-0 tie against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday night in Mexico City.

Beasley has three league goals this year and one in the Mexican Cup.

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