Most people read 0-0 scorelines and think damn, snooooozefest. But last night’s Liguilla matchup between Chivas and Club América at the Estadio Chivas was anything but boring; the Clásico had me up nervously biting my nails and hanging onto every Carlos Salcido long shot until well past 12:00 a.m. EST.
If Salcido made a long shot it'd be the greatest miracle in sports history.
— Flo Hernandez (@therealFLO) May 13, 2016
We started off the evening with plenty of excitement and enlivened Twitter fandom…
Let's go Goats! pic.twitter.com/ng3xTw4q3l
— The Don Ticallion (@DonTical_Futbol) May 13, 2016
…And anticipated the cards that were to come from the eight-second mark on.
8 seconds and a foul … I see where this is headed. #ClasicoNacional
— Jason Marquitz (@soccermexicana) May 13, 2016
Chivas? Scared? Never!
— por verga pariente (@tecadios) May 13, 2016
The home squad had the majority of the attacking ??? during the first half, with Isaác “Conejito” Brizuela looking bright and wrecking ball-esque down the wing:
Brizuela es un hombre muy rápido, esta pasando a Mares muy fácil, Samudio era el inidicado para cubrir esa posición.
— Magdalena Marín (@iMaggieMarin19) May 13, 2016
Que buen jugador es Cisneros
— Ana Caty Hernández (@AnaCatyHdz) May 13, 2016
But a staunch Águila defense kept the game tied going into halftime. 0-0.
There is a metal band doing Chente songs on the pitch at halftime of the clasico. Bit surreal.
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) May 13, 2016
The intensity was taken to the next level in the second, as was put on prominent display in Rubens Sambueza’s second-yellow-turned-red escapades. 60th minute: América down to 10 men.
Se va expulsado Sambueza, no importa cuando leas esto
— Eitan Benezra (@EitanBenezra) May 13, 2016
In all honesty, Chivas choked; despite being a man up, the rebaño sagrado couldn’t get its shit together. An Omar Bravo substitution didn’t do it any favors.
— #HeelVaro (@_dosuno) May 13, 2016
A flurry of fouls and crazy cards came in the final half hour, with Darwin Quintero and Jair Pereira picking up yellows before a straight red for Ángel Zaldívar in the 82nd. Safe to say that we were all a little perplexed. *ALL OF THE CARDS!*
— Miguel Orozco (@Miguel6994) May 13, 2016
Two things are for certain upon the conclusion of the Clásico:
1. Refereeing came into play. The actions of the árbitros were amusing and – at points – downright confusing. That takedown by William da Silva on Jesús “Chapo” Sánchez? WTF? Yeah.
— Rafael Diaz (@mexicanfutcom) May 13, 2016
Por Dios el arbitraje. Esto es de lo mejor que tenemos?? Crisis absoluta!!
— Alejandro de la Rosa (@adelarosa_espn) May 13, 2016
Hay más posibilidades de que veamos a Tigres en semifinales, que a César Ramos.
— Antonio Valle (@Antonio_Valle) May 13, 2016
— Jonny Rico Aviles (@Jonyrico) May 13, 2016
When you're an America fan and wanna complain about the refs but you know they saved your ass this time. pic.twitter.com/euTcW8CJq8
— Pocho Stan (@thestraygoat) May 13, 2016
2. Rodolfo Cota was the figura del partido. It’s no wonder he recently renewed his contract; Cota saved me (and many others) from death by Sambu slides and Águila-induced heart attacks.
Muy mal cuidada la posibilidad de contragolpe. Descuido de Chivas y primer susto que calma Cota…
— César Huerta Salcedo (@huerta_cesar) May 13, 2016
¡¡COTA!! Gran atajada del portero de Chivas tras un disparo de Quintero.
— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) May 13, 2016
— Rodrigo López (@pincherodri) May 13, 2016
La figura de este Clásico es Rodolfo Cota.
— León Lecanda (@Leonlec) May 13, 2016
Nacho Ambriz will like his side’s chances against Matias Almeyda’s crew at home on Sunday, but anything is possible. All to play for.