On Wednesday, November 30, 2023, on the Akron Stadium field, Chivas received Cougars sharp at 9:00 p.m., to face the duel corresponding to the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Apertura 2023 tournament.
The Sacred Flock took the field with Miguel Jiménez, Alan Mozo, Antonio Briseño, Jesús Orozco, Cristian Calderón, Isaac Brizuela, Erick Gutiérrez, Fernando Beltrán, Fernando González, Ricardo Marín and Roberto Alvarado.
Pumas, for its part, played with Julio González, Lisandro Magallan, Nathan Silva, Adrián Aldrete, Jesús Rivas, Eduardo Salvio, César Huerta, Ulises Rivas, Santiago Trigos, Gabriel Fernández and Gustavo Del Prete.
Chivas went into halftime winning the game 1-0, with a goal from Fernando Beltrán Cruz in the forty-second minute of the first half. For the second half, although at certain moments Paunovic looked worried because he had the impression that his players were trying to protect the advantage instead of trying to increase it, little by little they began to find themselves on the field, forcing the ‘Turk’ Mohamed to move him to their pieces.
In the end Chivas had to score the second, but that did not happen, and the match ended 1-0, in favor of the Sacred Flock. Any draw or victory gives the rojiblancos a pass, while the Unamitas are required to win to advance to the semifinals.
‘Piojo’ became a true leader for these Chivas. The Mexican forward added one assist and six goals throughout the regular season, it is expected that he will maintain the good level in the return against Pumas.
Ricardo Marín arrived at Chivas as a true unknown. The Mexican forward had just shined in the Expansion League, but hiring him generated many doubts, since he did not have enough experience to make a real difference in the first division. He has done well, however. He has scored four goals and contributed with one assist so far in the tournament.
The former Tuzos del Pachuca player has remained one of the best midfielders that the Sacred Flock has. He has contributed three assists so far in the Apertura 2023 tournament; He is expected to continue doing things well now that Chivas is so close to becoming among the semifinalists of the Mexican championship.
The ‘Bunny’ was practically erased by Paunovic at the beginning of the season. Given the loss of play of some players and the indiscipline of others, Brizuela has hard-earned his position as starter.
The 17-year-old winger has surprised everyone and everyone this season. Padilla has played a total of 513 minutes in the tournament and has three scores.
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