Clausura 2017 Round 1 Results: Guadalajara 2, Pumas 1

The last game of the night featured the made-over Guadalajara team showing off some of it’s new acquisitions as the Chivas reloaded while sticking to their only-Mexican player ways in an effort to improve on their playoff run from last tournament, and it started off well with a 2-1 home win over Pumas. It was Pumas that pressured and attacked early with 2 early shots on goal, but the Chivas held their and took the lead on Javier Lopez’s 26th minute goal.Alan Pulido’s first goal in the 37th minute gave the hosts a 2-0 lead going into the second half, and while Pumas cut the gap in half on Alan Mendoza’s 55th-minute goal, the visitors would get no closer despite continuing to push the attack. The moves made can’t be judged on one game, but between the pickups and sending the disgruntled Carlos Pena back to Leon, the early returns on Guadalajara’s investments do look promising.

Game Stats:
Goals-Javier Lopez (Guadalajara, 36′, 1st of tournament), Alan Pulido (Guadalajara, 37, 1st of tournament), Alan Mendoza (Pumas, 55′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 5, Guadalajara 2
Corner kicks-Nil
Amarillas-Pumas 2 (Bryan Rabello, 30′, Mendoza, 50′), Guadalajara 1 (Jesus Sanchez, 65′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan
Attendance: 36,706 (79.3% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-at Monterrey (1/14)
Pumas-Cruz Azul (1/15)

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