Chiapas emerged as 2-1 winners in an ill-tempered game at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna in Tuxtla Gutierrez tonight.
The was a pre-match surprise when the teams were announced, as Toluca’s new signing Lucas Lobos was only deemed worth of a place on the bench by his manager Jose Cardozo. Although the player will have undoubtedly been disappointed, anyone who observed his lackluster display in last week’s 0-0 draw with Morelia would surely understand the coach’s decision.
Chiapas also made one change from their opening weekend 1-1 draw with Chivas, as goal-scorer Julio Nava replaced Christian Bermudez in midfield.
The game’s deadlock was broken in the twenty seventh minute by Chiapas’ Vicente Vuoso. The striker latched on to Andres Andrade’s inch-perfect pass to smash a vicious rising shot past the helpless Talavera from close range.
A moment of controversy arose on the stroke of halftime as Chiapas’ center back Bruno Perez was shown a deserved straight red card for a stamp on Toluca’s Edgar Benitez. The midfielder was lying on the the ground after a challenge from Andrade when the 22-year-old Brazilian inexplicably brought his foot down on the stricken player’s midriff; it would have been considerably easier to step over him. The Chiapas protests fell on deaf ears and he left the field.
The first half ended with Toluca having 56 percent of the possession, but after failing to get any of their seven shots on target they could not complain too much about trailing by a goal.
The second period was arguably more entertaining than the first, as a goal for each side and another red card saw the game explode into life.
Both goals arrived as the result of comic defensive errors. The first to score were Chiapas, as a three-way mix up between the Toluca backline allowed substitute Emiliano Armenteros to sprint clear and slot past Talavera in the seventy second minute.
Seconds later the referee showed Toluca’s Miguel Ponce a justified red card for a poor tackle on Luis Ernesto Perez - meaning both sides were reduced to ten men and the final period would be a more even encounter.
Five minutes before the final whistle Toluca were given a life line. Chiapas’ shot-stopper Cesar Lozano failed to deal with a cross, and after a few seconds of confusion the ball eventually ricocheted off the unlucky Gabriel Farfan to trickle over the line. Both teams had chances to add another goal, but the game ultimately ended 2-1.
The result means last season’s regular season runners-up Toluca are stranded near the foot of the table with one point, while Chiapas reinforced their Liguilla credentials by moving onto four points from two games.
Next up for Toluca is a mid-week trip to the Yucatan peninsula to face Merida in the Copa MX, before they resume their Liga MX campaign with a home game against Pumas UNAM next weekend. Chiapas are also in mid-week Copa MX action against Lobos BUAP, while they face an away trip to Guadalajara and a game against Atlas in week three of the Liga.