Chivas received Atlas for a new edition of the Clásico Tapatío on the first leg of the quarterfinals of Clausura 2022, where El Rebaño Sagrado fell against Atlas by a 2-1 score thanks to a brace by Jeremy Márquez, although Chistian “Chicote” Calderón kept Chivas’s hopes alive.
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Chivas arrived at the game with a five-game winning streak, as they won the last four games that played in the regular season and then overwhelmed Pumas in Repechaje, as Los Universitarios lost 4-1 on their visit to Estadio Akron.
But the playoffs are a stage where nothing that the teams did before matters and given that they faced one of their biggest rivals, the pressure for both the team and Ricardo Cadena, who was facing his first Clásico Tapatío in the dugout, were higher than ever before.
That’s something that not every Chivas player were able to handle, as the two goals that Atlas scored during the first half were conceded thanks to the mistakes of one of the defenders, who wasn’t able to clear the ball in the opportunities that he had.
He won’t be a starter again for El Rebaño Sagrado
Both goals were scored by Jeremy Márquez, academy player from Los Zorros that has shined since Diego Cocca gave him the chance of earning a spot in the first team. In counterpart, it was a Chivas academy player the one that couldn’t handle the pressure of the stage.
Eduardo “Lalo” Torres had earned Ricardo Cadena’s trust after being one of the most reliable players that the Mexican coach had in CD Tapatío, but after being involved in the two goals that Atlas scored, he decided to substitute him in the second half.
He gifted the first goal while trying clear the ball in a play that had no danger for El Rebaño, and then he kept a passive attitude when Márquez turned to face the goal in the middle of the box. As if that wasn’t enough, during the second goal, the 22-year-old midfielder lost his mark, leaving Márquez open to score the second goal for Los Zorros.
Who will take his place next game?
The performance of “Lalo” Torres was the weakest that Chivas had on their lineup, which is why Ricardo Cadena substituted him for Sergio “Morsa” Flores, who will take his place in the starting XI for the second leg of the quarterfinals.