Atlante and Mérida
We began our journey for the CopaMX at Estadio Chivas, against Atlante that came to put pressure on our field. A game where Miguel Jimenez saved his goal even from the penalty shot, but bounced back to the shooter and scored their first goal and got ahead. However, truthful to our style, and an offensive approach until the last second of the match, “Poncho” Ponce shot to even out the score on the 92nd minute. We made a point, and proved our pride acclaimed by the ChivaHermanos in our Fortaleza.
It was our turn to visit the Venados of Mérida at the Carlos Iturralde stadium. We started with a jammed match during the first minutes, but it was more because of the enthusiasm of Venados, rather than for their good gameplay. “Güero” Fierro caused the most damage to our rivals, and as he received a pass in the box and fired a shot that left Patiño without a chance and went into half time with advantage over them. In the end, it was the final score and we flew back to Guadalajara with four points that placed us in the second place of the group 6 by goal difference.
Back in Estadio Chivas, we were to face Venados again with the possibility to reach the first position of our group. Matías Almeyda sent Isaac Brizuela to the field on the right side and Carlos Fierro in attack position, where his moves and speed were lethal. On minute 59 he received a harsh hit that the referee would call as a penalty shot. Nestor Carlderón was in charge and he scored to Odín Patiño’s right side and we got ahead in the score. But not everything was happiness, Carlos Fierro had to leave the game due to an injury from that play. With this result we reached seven units and we were on top of Group 6, heading to the Cup.
We traveled to Cancún to visit the Potros de Hierro del Atlante with a positive vibe after winning the Clásico Nacional against the América in the LigaMX. Now, Matías sent the alternative line-up to win, but the locals made it hard for us when the got ahead in the score board. Our champion instinct kicked in when Fierro scored on minute 60 and Michelle Benitez on minute 84. We claimed our leadership on Group 6 and our place in the Liguilla of CopaMX.
Liguilla: Correcaminos, F.C. Juárez y Monterrey
In the round of 16 we welcomed Correcaminos to our Fortaleza. In this game, we suffered unnecesarilly to move forward to the quarter-finals. We started out match with a 2-0 advantage through an own goal of Mario Valdéz and a wonderful shot by “Chofis”. On the second half of the game, our opponent tighten their screws and evened the scrore in the overtime. The match came to a penalty shootout that reached the sudden death round, where we finally took out Correcaminos.
Ciudad Juárez was our next rival in the quarter-finals. We came from a good place and good gameplay but the Bravos were fighting back and the northern border team got up in the score board 2-0. Almeyda sent in Pulido, Pizarro and Orbelín, leaving Fierro free to step in the box. And just like that, the goals came. The first by Orbelín on minute 57 and then a penalty shot by Ángel Zaldívar. It was almost a tie, but a beautiful stroke by “Chofis” put the ball above the goalkeeper and we won 3-2 in the last minute, taking us to semi-finals of CopaMX against Rayados of Monterrey.
Back in Nuevo León, we sent out to get our Final pass as we could taste the Copa MX. The “Turco” sent his best players and on minute 21 Funes Mori set rayados ahead in the score. The goal didn’t put us down and we searched the victory with Alan Pulido, who scored after being assisted by Jair Pereira. Short after, Fierro makes his way in enemy lines and is taken down, a penalty shot was in order. Ángel Zaldívas made the shot perfectly and with this result we were back in a CopaMX final for the second time in a row. We were going to win the Cup.
Final: Chivas vs Morelia
We already had one cup title in Matías Almeyda’s time, and we were motivated to raise another. We took initiative from the very first minutes but Morelia was holding back a and trying to surprise on a counter attack. The team tried to open the score but Monarcas was getting control of the game and were saved by their goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa, twice. The match ended 0-0 and penalties were needed. There is a hero in every story: “Guacho” Jiménez took a stand to save three penalty shots from Morelia.
Many say that it is worthless, but millions of red-and-white followers said otherwise. We crowned ourselves in the Copa MX and it was a message for those who believed Chivas didn’t have the guns to get a League Title. Big Mistake
Jorge Vergara “I think we’re going down an excellent road, and this is very useful to win the League this season. I’m glad to see all of our people so happy and this team can give so much more. Thanks to the fans, and those who watch us on Chivas TV for the support they have given us.
José Luis Higuera “Matías is a great leader and a wonderful person, he’s making the guys believe that Guadalajara can win anything. Since he came, we have two Cups, a Supercup and now we’re going for the League. Everything we do is for our fans.
Matías Almeyda “I’m so happy, titles are the best things about soccer. I’m thankful to every player and the public that supports us, those are our efforts and commitments, because there is so much solidarity in this team and it’s a well deserved Cup.”
COPA MX: Chivas 1-1 Atlante. When it seemed that Atlante would own the game in the 90th minute, Miguel Ponce reached enemy lines 2 minutes later and scored the goal for the tie.
COPA MX: Mérida 0-1 Chivas. After seven years and a half without setting foot in Mérida, El Rebaño Sagrado gave our ChivaHermanos some happiness and packed the Carlos Iturralde Stadium, and won the match 0-1.
COPA MX: Chivas 1-0 Mérida Venados came from Mérida to our territory. They fought well, but when "Avión" Calderón set the game, there was nothing they could do.
COPA MX: Atlante 1-3 Chivas. Guadalajara showed once more the desire to win the Cup and defeated Atlante, won leadership of their group, and a place in the Liguilla CopaMX.
COPA MX: Round of 16 › Chivas 2(6)-2(5) Correcaminos. In a game where the visitor resisted and went to penalty shots, Chivas had a better aim than their rival and advanced to the quarter-finals.
COPA MX: Quarter-final › Chivas 3-2 FC Juárez. On a spectacular comeback that Eduardo "Chofis" López sealed with a marvelous goal in the last minute, Chivas rose from a 0-2 score and showed that Chivas is serious about winning the CopaMX title.
COPA MX: Semi-final › Monterrey 1-2 Chivas. Showing full dominance of an offensive and dynamic football style, Chivas turned the score around and defeated Rayados. Now, El Rebaño Sagrado will play its fourth CopaMX final in the last 5 editions.
COPA MX: Final › Chivas (3)0-0(1) Morelia. Although the match was dominated from start to finish by Guadalajara, it had to be defined in a penalty shootout, where Chivas' goalkeeper Miguel Jiménez appeared to stop three shots. El Rebaño Sagrado raised a trophy for the first time at Estadio Chivas.