EDGAR ZUNIGA - Friday, May 6, 2011
The Clausura 2011 playoffs got under way with mid-week matches and Jonathan Bornstein finally got some action with Tigres UANL, albeit in a tough loss to Chivas.
Chivas 3 Ė 1 Tigres UANL
Despite finishing with the best record in the league, Tigres UANL fell prey to a ferocious Chivas squad that made good on their president's promise that Chivas would teach Tigres a lesson.
With the 3-1 trashing, it is safe to say: lesson learned.
It did not matter that Tigres had the best defense in the regular season (giving up a paltry 9 goals in 17 matches), Chivas attacked early and often, nearly scoring within the first minute of play.
Tigres eventually was able to muster some scoring opportunities and they seemed to get a break when Chivas defender Jonny Magallon had to leave in the 20th minute with an injury.
It became an evenly matched affair but everything changed in the 40th minute, when shoddy defending by Tigres defender Jorge Torres Nilo allowed Marco Fabian to get open and send a cross that was badly played by ̓keeper Enrique Palos, allowing Omar Arellano to knock the ball in, giving Chivas a 1-0 lead.
For the first time since Week 14, Jonathan Bornstein got some playing time, subbing in at the half for David Toledo. Unfortunately, Johnny B was unable to do much to prevent the debacle that followed.
Tigres did get the second half off to good start, scoring the tying goal in the 48th minute when Damian Alvarez served up a terrific corner kick that Jesus Molina converted with a flying header into the net.
However, instead of pressing for more goals, Tigres seemed satisfied with the 1-1 draw on the road, and that would be their undoing.
In the 58th minute, Alberto "Venado" Medina sent a corner kick into the middle of the box that was headed in by Mario de Luna for the go-ahead goal.
Tigres tried to respond but had lost control of the game, and in the 66th minute Chivas was awarded a penalty kick when Hugo Ayala went studs up on Hugo Ayala in the box.
Marco Fabian scored the ensuing PK, giving Chivas the 3-1 lead they would hold until the end of the game, which could not have come sooner for Tigres.