Chivas de Guadalajara wasn’t able to take advantage of playing at home, settling for a 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul in a game that put the struggles of both teams on full display.
Chivas, who have yet to score a goal in the run of play, nearly opened the scoring in the 3rd minute of the game, but Francisco “Maza” Rodríguez was able to acrobatically clear Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez’s shot off the line.
Cruz Azul tried to respond through Christian Giménez, but his attempt was saved by José Antonio Rodríguez. After that, Chivas began to control the ball and dominated possession, but were unable to do anything with it.
In the second half, Cruz Azul switched to a higher-pressure system and began to have more of the ball, but were unable to create many truly dangerous chances until the very end, when Toño Rodríguez saved a shot from Marione Pavone that the striker had hit on the half-volley. Chivas had a good chance near the end as well, but Ángel Reyna didn’t put enough power on his attempt, which went straight into the hands of Jesús Corona.
The game wasn’t without a touch of controversy as well, as referee Roberto García Orozco declined to call a penalty when Fernando Arce appeared to foul Mauro Formica in the box in the 67th minute.
With the 0-0 draw, Chivas reaches six points while Cruz Azul reaches nine.
Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Néstor Vidrio, Carlos Salcido, Patricio Araujo, Israel Castro, Fernando Arce, Jesús Sánchez, Ángel Reyna, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez (Sergio Nápoles 57′), Omar Bravo (Carlos Fierro 80′), Aldo de Nigris (Alberto Jorge García 69′).
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Rogelio Chávez, Francisco Rodríguez, Julio César Domínguez, Joao Rojas, Hernán Bernardello, Gerardo Torrado, Fausto Pinto (Gerardo Flores 8′), Mauro Formica (Mariono Pavone 80′), Marco Fabián (Pablo Barrera 59′), Christian Giménez.