Omar Bravo, Shitty Referees, and Brawls on the Pitch: El Clásico Lives Up to the Hype

Let’s be honest, the Mexican Clásico has declined over the last few years, and it’s not by chance that the games are boring and not played with the intensity they are marketed with. Fortunately for soccer fans, that wasn’t the case for last Saturday’s game.

Chivas ended up taking the match with a score of 2-1. Historic all-time highest Chivas striker Omar Bravo scored two goals in the first half, putting his Chivas goal tally at 129. Paraguayan midfielder Osvaldo Martínez put the score closer before halftime with a penalty kick awarded after a foul by Chivas defender Carlos Salcido, who was also given a red card.

With one less player for the entire second half, Chivas had to resist América’s attack and maintain the winning result, which they did, but only because referee Roberto Ríos mistakenly invalidated an Oribe Peralta goal in the last few minutes due to a nonexistent offside.

To spice things up, América goalkeeper Moi Muñoz showed a lack of class sensitivity by stating that Chivas goalkeeper Toño Rodriguez was a “barrio player” due to his excessive celebrations after the win. He later apologized to Toño, but did not say anything to or about the barrio players.

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